2022 MESDA Summer Institute

June 26–July 22, 2022 Winston-Salem, NC

The Inland South:
Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley

The MESDA Summer Institute is a multi-disciplinary decorative arts and material culture field school for graduate students, museum professionals, and scholars. The 2022 MESDA Summer Institute will emphasize the the inland south, especially Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. Using MESDA’s unparalleled collection and research resources, students learn methods of primary-source research and object-based analysis and interpretation to become comfortable working with decorative arts across a range of media and learn how to create compelling object- and place-based narratives. The curriculum includes lectures and collection studies with leading curators and scholars, hands-on workshops with master craftspeople, and an intensive week-long study trip to important private and public collections in Kentucky.

Now in its 45th year, the MESDA Summer Institute is offered in partnership with the University of Virginia. Students receive three hours of graduate credit through UVA’s Graduate Program in the History of Art and Architecture.

Significant fellowships—including media-specific fellowships for the study of ceramics and architecture—are available to qualified applicants.


For more information please contact the Institute Director Dr. Daniel Ackermann at [email protected]


Tuition & Fellowships

About the Institute

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.