September 8–September 19, 2014
Winterthur Institute Application Form
Escape into the world of decorative arts from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. This intensive course offers an in-depth, two-week study of domestic furnishings made or used in America. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in American decorative arts, content for the course centers on the Winterthur collection, the world's largest assemblage of decorative arts made or used in America between 1640 and 1860.
The course includes an orientation to Winterthur and an introduction to the principles of connoisseurship. Students also utilize resources in the Winterthur Library facilities. The program also includes field trips to local historic sites.
Sessions take place in classrooms, period rooms, and the exhibition areas of Winterthur. Classes are held five days a week from approximately 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Each day begins with lectures by Winterthur staff and/or guest speakers. Most afternoon programs are conducted in museum period rooms or with artifacts in classrooms. Guide specialists lead groups of five in "room studies." Workshops are small to allow close examination of the objects.
During the program, participants may take special-subject house tours that allow more in-depth study of particular styles and media. Participants will also have the opportunity to undertake small research projects while attending Winterthur Institute.
Winterthur is pleased to offer a scholarship in honor of Wendell D. Garrett through the generous support of the Foundation for Appraisal Education. Graduate students and professionals who are new to fields related to the decorative arts and demonstrate financial need will be considered for the Garrett Scholarship.
Cost for the two-week session is $1,600. By application only. Call 302.888.4786 for more information.