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RESEARCH GRANTS

Each year since 2003, the Decorative Arts Trust has awarded Research Grants to graduate students working on a Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation in a field related to the decorative arts. These research travel grants range from $500 to $1,000. The Trust encourages projects that advance diversity in the study of American decorative arts. 

In partnership with other organizations, the Trust also offers grants for topics with a particular focus:

  • Marie Zimmermann Grant: Sponsored by the Marie & John Zimmermann Fund, these grants are allocated to projects that focus on late-19th and 20th-century topics.
  • DARTS Grant: Sponsored by the Decorative Arts Society of Orange County, these grants are given to students pursuing a topic based on objects, collections, crafts, or designers located on the West Coast or students enrolled at a West Coast-based graduate program. 

Applications are due by April 30 each year, and these two steps are required:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit CV and three images contextualizing the project via email to thetrust@decorativeartstrust.org.

Grant recipients are notified by May 15. Recognizing the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on research travel, recipients are expected to complete the stated research project as conditions allow. Grant funding is provided once travel is complete, at which time recipients are required to submit a 500-word report that details the scope of the research and the impact upon their thesis or dissertation project as well as high-resolution images of the objects or historic sites examined during their travels. The Trust selects some reports for inclusion in The Magazine of the Decorative Arts Trust and the Decorative Arts Trust Bulletin. 

 

2023 Recipients

  • 2023 Recipients Overview
  • Elliot Camarra, MA student, History of Design and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center
  • Graham Feyl, PhD student, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara (American Decorative Arts Forum of Northern California Grant) 
  • Isabella J. Galdone, PhD student, History of Art, Yale University
  • Cara Marie Green, MA student, Fashion & Textile Studies: Theory, History, Museum Practice, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Andrew Grider, BA student, Interior Design, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Lily Higgins, PhD student, History of Art, Yale University
  • Alida R. Jekabson, PhD student, History of Art and Architecture, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Laura C. Jenkins, PhD student, History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Sybil F. Joslyn, PhD student, History of Art and Architecture, Boston University
  • Tracy Meserve, MA student, Decorative Arts and Design History, George Washington University
  • Alyse B. Muller, PhD student, Art History, Columbia University
  • Damiët Schneeweisz, PhD student, History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Krishna Shekhawat, PhD student, Art History, University of California, Berkeley (DARTS Grant)
  • Hampton Smith, PhD student, History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Lea C. Stephenson, PhD student, Art History, University of Delaware (Marie Zimmermann Grant) 
2022 Recipients
  • 2022 Recipients Overview 
  • Olivia Armandroff, PhD student, Art History, University of Southern California (DARTS Grant)
  • Emily Cox, PhD student, History of Art, Yale University (Marie Zimmermann Grant)
  • Danielle Ezor, PhD student, Art History, Southern Methodist University
  • Grace M. Ford-Dirks, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Manon Gaudet, PhD student, History of Art, Yale University
  • Ann Carlton Hewitt, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Sarah E. Lund, PhD student, History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University
  • Katherine Novko, MA student, Museum Studies, The Cooperstown Graduate Program-SUNY Oneonta
  • Riley K. Richards, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Claire E. Sabitt, PhD student, Art History, Princeton University
  • Olivia R. Scott, MA student, Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design
  • Julia Silverman, PhD student, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
  • Amanda Thompson, PhD student, Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center
  • Ashley E. Williams, PhD student, Art History, Columbia University
2021 Recipients
  • 2021 Recipients Overview
  • Laura Beltrán-Rubio, PhD student, American Studies, William & Mary
  • Catherine Cyr, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Susan Eberhard, PhD student, Art History, University of California, Berkeley (DARTS Grant)
  • Kelly Fu, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Decorative Arts, University of Delaware
  • Jena Gilbert-Merrill, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware (Marie Zimmermann Grant)
  • Michael Hartman, PhD student, Art History, University of Delaware
  • Delanie Linden, PhD student, History, Theory, & Criticism of Art and Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Alexandra M. Macdonald, PhD student, History, William & Mary
  • Morgan McCullough, PhD student, History, William & Mary
  • Ramey Mize, PhD student, Art History, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lauryn Smith, PhD student, Art History, Case Western Reserve University
  • Astrid Graves Tvetenstrand, PhD student, American & New England Studies, Boston University
  • Rachel Winter, PhD student, History of Art & Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Margaret Wood, MA student, Decorative Arts and Design History, George Washington University
2020 Recipients
  • 2020 Recipients Overview
  • Kayle R. Avery, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Elizabeth S. Browne, PhD student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Christina L. De Leon, PhD student, Bard Graduate Center
  • Catherine Doucette, MA student, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Lamar Gayles, MA student, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Robert Gordon-Fogelson, PhD student, University of Southern California
  • Cecilia Gunzburger, PhD student, University of Virginia
  • Cynthia Kok, PhD student, Yale University
  • Kayli Rideout, PhD student, Boston University
  • Isabella Rosner, PhD student, King’s College London
  • Cambra Sklarz, PhD student, University of California, Riverside
  • Paige Weaver, PhD student, University of South Carolina
  • Xiaoyi D. Yang, PhD student, Bard Graduate Center
2019 Recipients
2018 Recipients
  • 2018 Recipients Overview
  • Alicia Caticha, PhD student, Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia
  • Danielle Charlap, PhD student, Art History, University of Southern California
  • Christina Garnier, PhD student, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
  • Elyse Gerstenecker, PhD student, Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia
  • Carrie Greif, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Mariah Gruner, PhD student, American Studies, Boston University
  • Elizabeth Humphrey, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Matthew Limb, PhD student, History of Art and Architecture, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Erica Lome, PhD student, History of American Civilization, University of Delaware
  • Steven McNeil, PhD student, Art History, Queen’s University
2017 Recipients
  • 2017 Recipients Overview
  • Catherine Acosta, MA student, Design and Curatorial Studies, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Emily Anderson, PhD student, Art History, University of Southern California
  • Gabriella Angeloni, PhD student, History, University of South Carolina
  • Margot Bernstein, PhD student, Art History, Columbia University
  • Janine Yorimoto Boldt, PhD student, American Studies, College of William & Mary
  • Candice Candeto, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Alisa Chiles, PhD student, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rachel Harmeyer, PhD student, Art History, Rice University
  • Courtney Wilder, PhD student, History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2016 Recipients
  • 2016 Recipients Overview
  • Daniel Ackermann, PhD student, Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Lindsay Dupertuis, PhD student, Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland at College Park
  • Emelie Gevalt, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Annemarie Glasscock, PhD student, Art History, University of Wisconsin
  • Sarah Grandin, PhD student, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
  • Sarah Mills, PhD student, Art History, City University of New York
  • Lisa Minardi, PhD student, History of American Civilization, University of Delaware
  • Alexandra Ward, MA student, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
2015 Recipients
  • Ruthie Dibble, History of Art, Yale University
  • Rosalie Hooper, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Emily Pazar, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Sarah Thomas, History, College of William and Mary 
2014 Recipients
  • Amber Wingerson, Smithsonian-George Mason, Program in the History of Decorative Arts
  • Alexandra Parker, Smithsonian-George Mason, Program in the History of Decorative Arts
2013 Recipients
  • Josh Probert, History, University of Delaware
  • Jackie Killian, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware 
2012 Recipients
  • Rebecca Migdal, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Nina Ranalli, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Dalila Huerta, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Joseph Larnerd, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
2011 Recipients
2010 Recipients
  • Leah Giles, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware 
  • Leslie Jones, Smithsonian and Corcoran Program in the History of Decorative Arts 
2009 Recipient
  • Erin Kuykendall, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
2008 Recipient
  • Nicole Belolan, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
2007 Recipients
  • Abby Burch, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of Delaware
  • Samantha Dorsey, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of Delaware
2006 Recipient
  • Christina Keyser, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of Delaware 
2005 Recipient
  • Derin Bray, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of Delaware
2004 Recipient
  • Bobbye Tigerman, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of Delaware
2003 Recipient
  • Matthew Thurlow, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of Delaware 

Many of the Summer Research Grant recipients’ articles appear in print in The Magazine of the Decorative Arts Trust, one of our most popular member benefits. Join today! 

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