The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms and the American Fine and Decorative Arts Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art seek submissions for the Third Annual Conference for Emerging Scholars to be held at the Stickley Museum on Saturday, October 5, 2013:
“Integrating Art and Life: Idealism, Economics, and the Arts and Crafts Movement”
Writing in the March 1902 issue of Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman magazine, A. M. Simpson told readers: “Unless the production of the necessities of life can be made beautiful, pleasurable and instructive, our whole society must remain disorganized, disintegrated, and productive of pain, and inartistic… What is needed at the present time is a process of synthesis and correlation.” This aspect of modern life that the Arts and Crafts movement sought to correct—the tension between economic viability and a satisfied, artistic life—remained a constant concern for producers throughout the period. This conference seeks papers that explore the different aspects of this issue, including (but not limited to) whether producers were able to meet these lofty goals? Were these goals shared by everyone? How did the movement’s aesthetics shape perception about these products and the ideas behind them?
We invite current graduate students and recently graduated scholars to submit proposals for 20-25 minute papers that critically examine this issue. Please direct any questions to:
Director, American Fine and Decorative Arts Program
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York
Please submit the following by May 31, 2013:
· A one-page abstract of your topic with title.
· A current c.v.
All submissions will be reviewed by June 28. By June 28, you will receive an email with the decision about your proposal.
Accepted proposals must submit a final draft of the paper by September 7th, 2013.
Participants must be able to attend the symposium in order to deliver their paper.