Decorative Arts Trust Announces Inaugural Recipients of IDEAL Internship Grants

  • March 09, 2021 10:25

  • Email
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston intern will focus on a gallery reinstallation project that explores the connections between art, modern design, and jazz in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
The Newport Restoration Foundation will hire an intern to analyze their collection of 18th-century furniture at the Whitehorne House Museum.

IDEAL Internship Grants Awarded to the Atwater Kent Collection at Drexel University, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Backstreet Cultural Museum, MFA Boston, and Newport Restoration Foundation

— Inaugural Decorative Arts Trust Grants Support Young Scholars

The Decorative Arts Trust has announced that the Atwater Kent Collection at Drexel University; The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Backstreet Cultural Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Newport Restoration Foundation are the inaugural recipients of IDEAL Internship Grants.

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), in partnership with the Backstreet Cultural Museum, seeks an intern to further the study and preservation of Mardi Gras Indian suits.

Part of the Trust’s growing Emerging Scholars Program, IDEAL Internships focus on inclusivity, diversity, equity, access, and leadership. Internship grants are awarded to non-profit institutions and require a strong mentorship component.

“The Decorative Arts Trust is striving to improve access to curatorial careers for students of color as a path toward achieving systemic change,” Trust Executive Director Matthew Thurlow states. “These partners were selected based on the impact of the internship, which will offer students experience and stipends while providing the host organizations the opportunity to continue meaningful discussions about inclusion, diversity, and equity.”

Drexel University is stewarding the collection of the former Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, which closed in 2018. Drexel’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships is conducting a multiyear evaluation of the Atwater Kent Collection of over 133,000 works of art and other objects. The intern will focus on exhibitions highlighting little-known objects for galleries at the Peck Alumni Center and the Pearlstein Gallery.

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), in partnership with the Backstreet Cultural Museum, seeks an intern to further the study and preservation of Mardi Gras Indian suits. The intern will catalog a newly acquired suit, document its history by interviewing the artist, plan a permanent storage solution, prepare the suit for display in an upcoming exhibition, and write an article for an online publication.

Drexel University is stewarding the collection of the former Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston intern will focus on a gallery reinstallation project that explores the connections between art, modern design, and jazz in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. The intern will assist with object research, develop interpretive text, lead gallery tours, and host programs to engage a range of communities with the project.

The Newport Restoration Foundation will hire an intern to analyze their collection of 18th-century furniture at the Whitehorne House Museum. The intern will work with the interpretive staff to address the absences of African-Heritage craftspeople (both enslaved and free) as well as Narragansett peoples in Colonial-era Newport's material culture.

The Decorative Arts Trust is a non-profit organization that promotes and fosters the appreciation and study of the decorative arts through exchanging information through domestic and international programming; collaborating and partnering with museums and preservation organizations; and underwriting internships, research grants, and scholarships for graduate students and young professionals. Learn more about the Trust at decorativeartstrust.org or by contacting thetrust@decorativeartstrust.org or 610.627.4970.
 


  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

BERTHE MORISOT, GIRL ON A DIVAN, (JEUNE FEMME AU DIVAN), 1885.  Oil on canvas, 61 x 50.2 cm.  Tate, London; Bequeathed by the Hon.  Mrs A.E.  Pleydell-Bouverie through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968, Photo ©Tate

Fondation Beyeler Exhibition Explores Shifts in Portraiture With Works by These 9 Women Artists

  • ArtfixDaily / September 20th, 2021

“CLOSE-UP” brings together nine women artists whose work shares a focus on the depiction of the human figure in the ...

Read More...
An extremely rare official first-edition printed copy of the U.S.  Constitution as adopted by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, to be sold by Sotheby’s in November.

'Frankenstein' First Edition Lands Over $1M; Constitution Could Bring Record $15M at Upcoming Auction

  • ARTnews / September 19th, 2021

A first edition copy of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" brought $1.17 million at a Christie's auction in New York. ...

Read More...
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961-2021.  photo: Benjamin Loyseau © 2021 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

Six Decades and 1000 Workers Later, It's Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 'L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped'

  • ArtfixDaily / September 19th, 2021

Six decades in the making, the late Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961-2021, was ...

Read More...
Men Working in Granite Quarry, Cape Ann, by Abraham Frater Levinson (American, 1883 - 1946) ca.  1935.  Watercolor with graphite on tan wove paper.  Gift of Velma Mekeel Stauffe.

Exhibition of American Drawings at the Chazen Museum of Art Reflects Broader Image of Nation

  • ArtfixDaily / September 19th, 2021

A survey of American drawings from the 18th century to the early 20th century introduces audiences to a range of ...

Read More...

ARTFIXdaily Artwire