Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, in conjunction with the Decorative Arts Trust, was pleased to offer an inaugural Colloquium for students and young professionals in the decorative arts field. The speakers gave short lectures describing an exciting range of new discoveries. This event was sponsored in part by the Wunsch Americana Foundation and is a benefit for the Decorative Arts Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program.
Presentations included lectures by:
Daniel Ackermann, Department of Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on “Conformable to that of the waters: Cultural Confluence in the Decorative Arts of Early Kentucky”.
Emelie Gevalt, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware on “Revisiting Taunton: Making and Collecting the Chests of Robert Crosman”.
Courtney Harris, Curatorial Research Fellow, Art of Europe, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on “Inspiring Interiors: England in the time of Casanova”.
Joseph Litts, Department of History, Clemson University on “High Style in the Lower Chesapeake: The Cabinetmakers of Edenton, 1745 – 1785”.
Sarah Mills, Department of Art History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York on “The Authority of Handicraft in the Age of Synthetics: Modern Weaving in the United States, 1930s – 1950s”.
Following the morning presentations, there was a Champagne Brunch Fundraiser for the Decorative Art Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program, held at the George F. Baker Houses. This was an opportunity to speak directly to the speakers over brunch as well as to support the next generation of scholars.