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


Morgan McCulloughPhD Candidate, HistoryCollege of William and Mary

Dr. Robert Grant
Samuel Lovett Waldo
New York


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

Landscape of Bradley Plantation
Near Wilmington, NC


Kelli GibsonMA Candidate, Public HistoryMiddle Tennessee State University

Mary Ann Colboard
Charleston, SC


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

Dining Room
Berkeley County, South Carolina


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


Chris GrantPhD Candidate, AnthropologyUniversity of Chicago

John Ewan
Charleston, SC


Hampton SmithBA Candidate, Art HistoryUniversity of North Carolina

Benjamin Franklin Landrum Pottery
Edgefield County, SC


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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