It also gives me great pleasure to announce that Gerald W. R. Ward, the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will be teaching the decorative arts component in the American Fine and Decorative Arts Program curriculum at Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York this fall. Ward's work as a curator, scholar, and editor will form an invaluable asset to our students and the program.
Lastly, our students have begun the thesis writing process and I thought I would share some of the outstanding topics they are working on:
Bianca Molta, "Not Just Figureheads: The Influence of Women on the Arts Made Aboard 19th Century New England Whaling Ships"
Anna Henger, "American Odyssey: Frederic Edwin Church and Sanford Robinson Gifford in Greece"
Melody Cleven, "Rockwell Kent’s ‘realization of the brotherly union of men:’ Interpretative Illustrations for Moby Dick"
Corinne Plumhoff, "Modern American Luxury: The Reception of High French Style in the United States from 1925‐1939 "
Other topics include the drawings of James Edward Deeds (outsider art), the career of Tommy Parzinger, the drawings of Dale Chihuly and their relationship to Abstract Expressionsim, Calder's Circus, the reception of the Power's Greek Slave, and Islamic design influence on the Arts and Crafts.