MESDA Virtual InstituteJune 21–July 2, 2021 Online via Zoom
The MESDA Virtual Institute is a chance for museum professionals, appraisers, students, and other cultural professionals to learn about southern decorative arts from the some of the most knowledgeable voices in field. This continuing education course, offered for the first time alongside our traditional residential MESDA Summer Institute, is a multi-disciplinary decorative arts and material culture field school in which students become comfortable working with decorative arts across a range of media and learn how to conduct research. The 2021Institute will center on the objects, buildings, and landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay region, though the lessons taught are applicable to a wider range of decorative arts studies.
The 2021 MESDA Virtual Institute will include more than a dozen hybrid learning sessions. Topics to be covered will include:
- Genealogy for Decorative Arts Research
- Online Resources for Decorative Arts Research
- Introductions to the Decorative Arts of the Chesapeake Region (Furniture, ceramics, textiles, painting, etc.)
… and much more!
- Dr. Daniel Ackermann, Chief Curator of Old Salem and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
- Gary Albert, Director of MESDA Research, Adjunct Curator of Silver and Metals, and editor of The MESDA Journal.
- Johanna Brown, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts and Director of Collections at Old Salem Museums & Gardens
- Jenny Garwood, Adjunct Curator of Textiles and Education Coordinator for MESDA
- Dr. Torren Gatson, Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
- Ronald L. Hurst, Carlisle Humelsine Chief Curator and Vice President, Collections, Conservation, and Museums at Colonial Williamsburg, co-author of Southern Furniture 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection.
- Dr. Cristian Koot, Professor of History at Towson University, author of Empire at the Periphery: British Colonists, Anglo-Dutch Trade, and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1621-1713, and A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake.
- Dr. Louis Nelson, Professor of Architectural History and Vice Provost for Academic Outreach at the University of Virginia, author of The Beauty of Holiness: Anglicanism and Architecture in Colonial South Carolina, Architecture and Empire in Jamaica, and co-editor ofEducated in Tyranny: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s University.
- Dr. Anthony S. Parent Jr., Professor of History at Wake Forest University, author of Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia 1660-1740, and co-author of Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia 1607-2007.
- Dr. Jennifer Van Horn, Assistant Professor of Art History and History at the University of Delaware, author of The Power of Objects in Eighteenth Century British America.
- Carolyn Weekley, Curator of Paintings Emerita, Colonial Williamsburg, author of Painters and Paintings in the Early American South.
- Frank Vagnone, President and CEO of Old Salem Museums & Gardens and author of The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums.
Tuition includes access to the class readings, more than a dozen live lectures via Zoom, recorded versions of the lectures for watching on your own time, and invitations to two “Zoom Cocktail” hours with Chief Curator Dr. Daniel Ackermann and other staff members to answer questions.
Scholarships are available and can be applied for by following this link. (The scholarship deadline has passed)
For more information please contact the Institute Director Dr. Daniel Ackermann at [email protected]