MESDA Virtual Institute

June 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!


What’s Included?

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.  


Tuition for this continuing education course is $295.  You can register HERE.

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]