Summer Institute

2018 MESDA Summer Institute
The Low Country: African American Material Culture and Landscapes
June 17–July 14, 2018

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. The program’s month-long curriculum includes lectures, discussions, workshops, artifact studies, research projects, and an intensive study trip to Wilmington, NC; Charleston, Georgetown and Penn Center, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia along with the Hidden Town project at Old Salem Village.

Three hours of graduate credit are awarded through the University of Virginia’s Graduate Program in the History of Art and Architecture.

Application deadline: March 18, 2018

About the MESDA Summer Institute

Since the 1970s, the MESDA Summer Institute has provided graduate students, museum professionals, and independent scholars with an in-depth, practice-based education in the decorative arts and material culture of the early American South. The focus of the MESDA Summer Institute rotates between the three regions of the MESDA South: the Backcountry (next in 2019), the Lowcountry (next in 2018), and the Chesapeake (next in 2020).

Support the MESDA Summer Institute

The Frank L. Horton Fellowship Fund provides critical support to MESDA’s Summer Institute for Early Southern Decorative Arts and Material Culture. Please click here to contribute to the Frank L. Horton Fellowship Fund.