The Trust to Receive the Wunsch Americana Award
On January 16, 2019, the Decorative Arts Trust will be added to a list of distinguished names in the field of American decorative arts as they are presented with the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts at Christie’s. The Trust was selected by the Wunsch Americana Foundation as a 2019 recipient along with the acclaimed interior designer and scholar Thomas Jayne. This award is presented annually to “institutions, individuals, and organizations that are recognized as great leaders in the field of American Decorative Arts for their efforts, leadership, and actions.” Past winners include Linda Kaufman, Morrison Heckscher, Leroy Graves, the Chipstone Foundation, Wendell Castle, and Audrey Heckler, in addition to past and present Trust Governors Peter Kenny, Brock Jobe, and Margize Howell with the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.
The Trust’s Executive Director Matthew A. Thurlow, who has served in that role since 2014, stated that “We are thrilled to receive the Wunsch Award. Sharing the stage with Thomas Jayne is especially meaningful,” adding, “The Trust is honored by this prestigious accolade that acknowledges our organization’s 41-year commitment to the field. This landmark achievement would not have been possible without the dedicated support of our Governors and members, past and present, who have tirelessly promoted our Emerging Scholars Program.”