2018 MESDA Summer Institute Student Lectures

July 13, 2018 Winston-Salem, NC

For forty-two years the MESDA Summer Institute has trained the next generation of southern decorative arts scholars.  Please join us at 9:30AM on Friday, July 13 as the 2018 MESDA Summer Institute students present their original research.  The 2018 Summer Institute emphasizes the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, a region of tremendous cultural diversity that included America’s wealthiest landholders and merchants as well as the huge enslaved work force upon which that world depended.  The focus this year will be on African American material culture and landscapes, considered through a multidisciplinary approach that includes current methods of research, interpretation, preservation, and analysis of material culture.

2018 MESDA Summer Institute Student Projects

Miniature Portrait depicting
Mary (Vanderhorst) Barksdale
Charleston, SC
1800-1807

 

Morgan McCulloughPhD Candidate, HistoryCollege of William and Mary

Dr. Robert Grant
Samuel Lovett Waldo
New York
1820-1830

 

Daniel Chamberlin, Curatorial AssociateOwens-Thomas House, Telfair MuseumsSavannah, GA

Landscape of Bradley Plantation
Near Wilmington, NC
1825-1850

 

Kelli GibsonMA Candidate, Public HistoryMiddle Tennessee State University

Sampler
Mary Ann Colboard
Charleston, SC
1821

 

Alexandra CadeMA Candidate, Winterthur Program in American Decorative Arts at the University of Delaware

Dining Room
Berkeley County, South Carolina
1818

 

Katie Watts, MA Candidate, Architectural History, The University of Virginia

The Pinkney Mansion and work of craftsman
John “Quash” Williams

 

Tiffany Moman, PhD Candidate, Public HistoryMiddle Tennessee State University

Christian David House and comparative
urban slave dwellings

 

Ben MastersonJoiner and Lead Interpreter, Old Salem Museums & GardensWinston-Salem, NC

Pap Boat
Louis Boudo
Charleston, SC
1809-1827

 

Chris GrantPhD Candidate, AnthropologyUniversity of Chicago

Pitcher
John Ewan
Charleston, SC
1850

 

Hampton SmithBA Candidate, Art HistoryUniversity of North Carolina

Bowl
Benjamin Franklin Landrum Pottery
Edgefield County, SC
1840-1860

 

Kate HughesMellon Curatorial InternColonial Williamsburg Foundation

This program is free and open to the public.  SIGN UP HERE

All presentations will take place at the
James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium
Old Salem Visitor Center
900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC

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