The Decorative Arts Trust Awards Research Grants to 13 Emerging Scholars

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  • May 27, 2020

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Grant recipient Isabella Rosner will research Quaker makers of shell and wax work boxes. Mary Morrison, wax and shellwork shadow box, 1769, Philadelphia, PA. Chester County Historical Society.

The Decorative Arts Trust has announced the 13 recipients of their annual Summer Research Grants.

Each year the Trust awards research grants to graduate students working on a Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation in a field related to the decorative arts. The Trust encourages projects that advance diversity in the study of American decorative arts. The word “Summer” may be a misnomer this year, as the Trust extended the terms of the grants to include travel through spring of 2021 due to potential restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Trust also partners with other organizations to offer grants sponsored by the Marie & John Zimmermann Fund, the Decorative Arts Society of Orange County, and the Center for American Art.

The 2020 Summer Research Grants represent diverse cultures, materials, time periods, and geographies. They are: Kayle R. Avery, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, Winterthur, University of Delaware; Elizabeth S. Browne, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Christina L. DeLeón, Bard Graduate Center (Marie Zimmerman Grant); Catherine Doucette, The Courtauld Institute of Art; Lamar Gayles, University of Illinois Chicago; Robert Gordon-Fogelson, University of Southern California; Cecilia Gunzburger, University of Virginia; Cynthia Kok, Yale University; Kayli Rideout, Boston University; Isabella Rosner, King's College London; Cambra Sklarz, University of California, Riverside (DARTS Grant); Paige Weaver, University of South Carolina; and Xiaoyi D. Yang, Bard Graduate Center.

                  The deadline to apply for Decorative Arts Trust Summer Research Grants is April 30 annually. For more information, visit, email, or call 610.627.4970.

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