6th Annual Ricciardi Prize from Master Drawings

Posted in graduate students, journal articles, opportunities by Editor on March 5, 2023

From Master Drawings:

Sixth Annual Ricciardi Prize from Master Drawings
Submissions due by 15 November 2023

Woman writing at a desk, with her face shown in profile facing the left side.

Édouard Manet, Woman Writing, brush and black ink on paper (Clark Art Institute, MA).

Master Drawings is now accepting submissions for the Sixth Annual Ricciardi Prize for Young Scholars. The $5,000 award is given to the best new and unpublished article on a drawing topic (of any period) by a scholar under the age of 40. The winning submission will be published in a 2024 issue of Master Drawings. Information about past winners and finalists is available here.

The average article length is between 2,500 and 3,750 words, with five to twenty illustrations. Submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words and have no more than 100 footnotes. Please note that all submissions must be in article form, following the format of the journal. We will not consider submissions of seminar papers, dissertation chapters, or other written material that has not been adapted into the format of a journal article. Written material that has been previously published, or is scheduled for future publication, will not be eligible. Articles may be submitted in any language. Be sure to include a 100 word abstract outlining the scope of your article with your submission, along with a current CV or resume, as well as your birth date. Please submit your application online by 15 November 2023. If the file is too large, please use Wetransfer.com addressed to administrator@masterdrawings.org.

Research Group | French Cultural Seminar, University of Warsaw

Posted in graduate students by Editor on January 30, 2023

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From the University of Warsaw’s Centre de civilisation française (which includes the invitation in French) . . .

Dear Doctoral Students,

The French Cultural Center at the University of Warsaw invites you to participate in the Outils et méthodes de la recherche en sciences humaines doctoral seminar. This doctoral seminar aims to bring together young researchers dealing with aspects related to French culture. Representatives of all fields of the humanities are invited to cooperate. Our goal is to create a research group that will meet regularly and conduct joint cross-disciplinary research. The seminar is open to all members of the academic community.

The meetings will be held twice a month from February 2023 to June 2023 in the Center’s Library from 4.30 to 7.00pm. The seminar will be held in English or French. The topics of the meetings will vary depending on the needs and interests of the participants. Proposed topics include:
• Discussions of new scientific literature
• Discussions on new methodologies in French research
• Presentations prepared by seminar participants
• Short lectures by invited guests — discussions of publications, methodological lectures, lectures explaining the practical aspects of scientific research related to French culture (e.g. French archives, scientific databases, etc.)
The seminar will end with a round-table discussion summarizing the cycle and the publication of peer-reviewed texts presented by PhD students.

The first organizational meeting will take place on 10 February 2023 at 10.00am in the Library of the French Cultural Center or via Zoom. Willingness to participate in the seminar, along with any questions, should be sent to Emma Kołodziejek, e.kolodziejek@uw.edu.pl.

Summer Course | The Age of Rubens

Posted in graduate students, opportunities by Editor on January 25, 2023

From ArtHist.net:

The Age of Rubens: 2023 Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders
Belgium, 18–28 June 2023

Applications due by 20 February 2023

Annually, the Summer Course brings a select group of 18 highly qualified young researchers to Flanders. They are offered an intensive 11-day programme of lectures, discussions, and visits related to a specific art historical period of Flemish art. The Summer Course provides the participants with a clear insight into the Flemish art collections from the period at hand, as well as into the current state of research on the topic. The 7th edition of the Summer Course will focus on ‘The Age of Rubens’. It will be held 18–28 June 2023. Excursions will be made to Antwerp, Mechelen, Leuven, Scherpenheuvel, Bruges, Ghent, Liège, and Brussels. The language of the Summer Course is English.

Who can apply?
Participants have a master’s degree or are PhD student, junior curator, or restorer, and they are specialised in art in the Age of Rubens. The master’s degree was earned maximum 10 years ago.

Participation fee
The participation fee of the Summer Course is fixed at €1280 (including VAT) per person. The fee includes the full 11-day programme, 10 overnight hotel stays in a single-occupancy room, all transportation within the programme, all entry tickets, 2 receptions, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners. Not included in the participation fee is the transport to and from Belgium.

How to apply?

All applicants should send a resume, a letter of motivation, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or a museum professional to an.seurinck@vlaamsekunstcollectie.be.

In addition to the regular applications materials, candidates applying for financial aid are asked also to send a statement explaining their financial need.


The Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders is a joint initiative of the KMSKA (Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp), Musea Brugge, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, M Leuven, Mu.ZEE Ostend, Ghent University, KU Leuven, the Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands, the Rubenianum, and the Flemish Art Collection. Structural content partners for this edition are the KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. This edition is coordinated by Flemish Art Collection, KMSKA, and Rubenianum.

Call for Papers | HECAA Emerging Scholar Showcase

Posted in Calls for Papers, graduate students by Editor on October 3, 2022

HECAA Emerging Scholar Showcase
Online, Monday, 28 November 2022

Proposals due by 9 October 2022

The Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture is pleased to invite Emerging Scholars studying the art, architecture, and visual culture of the long eighteenth century around the globe to participate in a virtual showcase once again. Our hope is to provide a platform for early career scholars to promote their own research, as well as a forum for networking and ongoing community building.

Each scholar will be given 3–5 minutes to present their work, followed by an open question and answer session. This year’s Emerging Scholars Showcase will be held on Monday, November 28 in the late afternoon/early evening. This shift is in response to the widespread preference for non-weekend events expressed by members who responded to the survey. As last year, an additional Spring showcase may be added if there is sufficient interest, so we encourage you to apply even if you are unable to present on November 28.

To apply, please fill out this form. Applications are due by Sunday, 9 October 2022 at midnight (EST). Please direct any questions to Daniella Berman: daniella.berman@nyu.edu.

Emerging Scholars do not need to be current HECAA members and may be current graduate students, and those who have received their degrees in the past five years; so please circulate this call to your networks as appropriate. If you are interested in volunteering (to help with tech-issues and help moderate the Q&A) for the Emerging Scholars Showcase, please reach out to Daniella.

Daniella Berman
HECAA Board Member At-Large; Graduate Student & Emerging Scholar Representative

Fellowships | Tyson Scholars of American Art, 2023–24

Posted in fellowships, graduate students, opportunities by Editor on September 24, 2022

From Crystal Bridges:

Tyson Scholars Program: Fellowships of American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2023–24

Applications due by 15 November 2022

The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program encourages and supports full-time, interdisciplinary scholarship that seeks to expand boundaries and traditional categories of investigation into American art and visual and material culture from the any time period. The program was established in 2012 through a $5 million commitment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, Inc. Since its inception, the Tyson Scholars Program has supported the work of 66 scholars, attracting academic professionals in a variety of disciplines nationally and internationally.

Crystal Bridges and the Tyson Scholars Program invites PhD candidates (or equivalent), post-doctoral researchers, and senior scholars from any field who are researching American art to apply. Scholars may be focused on architecture, craft, material culture, performance art, and new media. We also invite applications from scholars approaching US art transregionally and looking at the broader geographical context of the Americas, especially including Latinx and Indigenous art. Applications will be evaluated on the originality and quality of the proposed research project and its contribution to a more equitable and inclusive history of American art.

The Tyson Scholars Program looks for research projects that will intersect meaningfully with the museum’s collections, library resources, architecture, grounds, curatorial expertise, programs and exhibitions; and/or the University of Arkansas faculty broadly; and applicants should speak to why residence in Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding areas will advance their work. The applicant’s academic standing, scholarly qualifications, and experience will be considered, as it informs the ability of the applicant to complete the proposed project. Letters of support are strongest when they demonstrate the applicant’s excellence, promise, originality, track record, and productivity as a scholar, not when the letter contains a commentary on the project.

Crystal Bridges is dedicated to an equitable, inclusive, and diverse cohort of fellows. We seek applicants who bring a critical perspective and understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in American art, and welcome applications from qualified persons of color; who are Indigenous; with disabilities; who are LGBTQ+; first-generation college graduates; from low-income households; and who are veterans.

Fellowships are residential and support full-time writing and research for terms that range from six weeks to nine months. While in residence, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library and archives at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Stipends vary depending on the duration of residency, position as senior scholar, post-doctoral scholar, or pre-doctoral scholar, and range from $17,000 to $34,000 per semester, plus provided housing. The residency includes $1,500 for relocation, and additional research funds upon application. Scholars are provided workspace in the curatorial wing of the Crystal Bridges Library. The workspace is an enclosed area shared with other Tyson Scholars. Scholars are provided with basic office supplies, desk space, an office chair, space on a bookshelf, and a locking cabinet with key for personal belongings and files. Housing is provided in a fully furnished, shared four-bedroom, four-bathroom apartment within walking distance of the museum. Each scholar will have their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom with shared living room and kitchen.

Applications for the 2023–24 academic year open 15 September 2022 and close 15 November 2022. Further information about the Tyson Scholars Program, application instructions, and application portal can be found here.


U of Buckingham | MA in French and British Decorative Arts

Posted in graduate students by Editor on June 3, 2022

MA in French and British Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors
University of Buckingham, starting September 2022

Bursary applications due by 20 June 2022

Applications are invited for a bursary on the University of Buckingham’s MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors starting September 2022. Generously funded by The Leche Trust, the award is worth £7,500 and will contribute towards course fees. The deadline for bursary applications is Monday, 20 June, 4.30pm.

This unique MA in French and British Decorative Arts and Interiors, taught in partnership with the Wallace Collection, focuses on the development of interiors and decorative arts in England and France in the ‘long’ eighteenth century (c.1660–c.1830) and their subsequent rediscovery and reinterpretation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

A key element of the course is the emphasis on the first-hand study of furniture, silver, and ceramics, where possible in the context of historic interiors. Based in central London, it draws upon the outstanding collections of the nearby Wallace Collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as the expertise of the Wallace Collection curatorial staff and other leading specialists who participate in the teaching.

Bursary priority will be given to applicants:
• with excellent academic qualifications, seeking, or currently pursuing careers in museums, the built heritage or conservation,
• in need of financial assistance,
• have a strong interest in the decorative arts and historic buildings,
• or, for those wishing to go on to pursue academic research in the decorative arts and historic interiors.

The bursary is also open to part-time students commencing their studies in 2022 for whom the funding would be spread over two-years. To be eligible for the bursary, students will need to have applied for and been offered a place on the course.

Study Trip | Bavaria: Grandeur in Southern Germany

Posted in graduate students, on site, opportunities by Editor on May 27, 2022

The trip is fully booked, but The Decorative Arts Trust is still accepting applications for one scholarship student:

Bavaria: Grandeur in Southern Germany Study Trip
The Decorative Arts Trust, 7–15 October 2022

Scholarship applications due by 30 June 2022

The Decorative Arts Trust is offering a Helen Scott Reed Study Trip Abroad Scholarship for an emerging professional or a graduate student to attend our Bavaria: Grandeur in Southern Germany Study Trip, 7–15 October 2022. Applicants are encouraged to send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae (CV), and a reference letter to thetrust@decorativeartstrust.org by 30 June 2022. Preference will be given to applicants whose current research is related to the sites and objects we will experience in southern Germany. Preference will be given to those focusing on the decorative arts, but students, curators, and historians studying architecture, fine art, and landscape are also welcome to apply. See the trip itinerary here.

PhD Opportunity | Women, Art Making, and the English Country House

Posted in graduate students, opportunities by Editor on April 8, 2022

Mirabel Jane Neville[?], mid-nineteenth-century watercolour of the Saloon at Audley End, Essex.

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From the project announcement:

‘Spaces of Femininity’: Making Art and Craft in the English Country House, c.1750–1900
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership
PhD Project supervised by Kate Retford and Peter Moore, starting 1 October 2022

Applications due by 9 May 2022

Birkbeck, University of London and English Heritage are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded collaborative doctoral studentship, from October 2022. This is to undertake research into the artistic production of women in country houses in the later eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, using English Heritage properties as case studies. This PhD project will be jointly supervised by Professor Kate Retford (History of Art Department, Birkbeck) and Dr. Peter Moore (Curator of Collections and Interiors, Audley End and Wrest Park). The closing date is Monday, 9 May 2022, 5pm.

Country houses are full of ‘amateur’ art work—particularly the work of the wives and daughters who lived in them, and particularly from the later Georgian and Victorian periods when such practice flourished, and the commercial sector developed to support it (providing instruction manuals, materials, tutors etc). This ranges from drawings, etchings and watercolours through to objects such as containers crafted from shell work, panelled folding screens showcasing petit-point needlework and hand painted ceramics. The houses managed by English Heritage are no exception. The student will select case studies from amongst properties such as Audley End, Wrest Park, and Brodsworth, considering objects and interiors still at the houses, as well as material now in other public or private collections.

The student has the scope to develop both the topic and approach, in conjunction with the supervisors, but proposed research questions include:
1  What kinds of work did these women produce? In which genres and media did they work?
2  Why did they produce such work? A popular contemporary stereotype presented this as a genteel accomplishment, of particular value in the marriage market: does this hold up?
3  What did these women do with such work? Was it intended for display, whether in their own home or elsewhere? To what extent did this creative practice support familial and social networks through exchange of these objects?
4  What relationship did these women have with the ‘professional’ art world? What instruction manuals and other pedagogic literature did they consult? What commercially produced materials did they use? Who taught them, and how did tutoring work in practice? How did they engage with the organisations that provided training, prizes and opportunities for exhibiting work?
5  What can this work tell us about women’s historical experience? What can it tell us about their daily lives and personal relationships? What can it tell us about their relationships with their houses and landscapes?
6  What can this work tell us about the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century domestic interior? How did these objects relate to the décor and furnishings designed and created by professionals?

This studentship will provide the student with both invaluable academic skills and experience of working in the heritage sector. It will involve the student in a range of interdisciplinary research activities, drawing on archival and primary textual material and working closely with collections and interiors. In addition to preparing the PhD thesis, it is envisaged that the student will also be engaged in a range of related activities such as cataloguing and interpretation work, and to take the lead on a temporary display at Audley End. They will also be expected to play a full role in the research cultures of both institutions.

Additional information is available here»


PhD Opportunity | The Material Culture of Saltram, 1725–1840

Posted in graduate students, opportunities by Editor on January 27, 2022

Saltram House, near Plymouth in Devon, England; in 1957 the house was donated by the Parker family to the National Trust (Photo: National Trust). More information is available here.

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From the project description:

Global Connections and Local Contexts: The Material Culture of Saltram, c.1725–1840
Applications due by 20 February 2022

The global links of country houses have attracted considerable attention in recent years, but the furore over colonialism has tended to overshadow the supply and materiality of global goods and the ways in which these artefacts were integrated into a wider array of goods of local and European provenance. Saltram, with its mix of British, European, and global objects, forms a perfect collection through which to explore these issues.

The project explores global-local interaction through the belongings and consumption practices of the Parker family in the period 1725–1840. Perhaps best known for its Robert Adam interiors and Reynolds paintings, Saltram also has a range of Asian objects, including Chinese wallpapers and porcelain, and items of high quality European furniture and porcelain, as well as a large collection of mahogany furniture made in British workshops. These combine with a varied archival collection that is especially rich in family correspondence.

The project seeks to entangle the global with the local by exploring the consumption practices and motivations of the Parker family. This will provide a better understanding of the significance of global goods as one part of the material culture of the country house, set within the context of locality, domestic space, and family relations, the broader influences of taste and fashion, and the commercial worlds of international trade and manufacturing.

The project is framed by four key research questions:
1. What was the origin of goods within the collection and what were the routes of supply through which they came to Saltram? This allows the shifting relative importance of global goods to be assessed and places the house at the centre of local, national, European and global networks of supply.
2. What were the material and behavioural contexts in which these things were displayed, used and consumed? This means: assessing where things were located in the house and garden, how were they used and by whom; and exploring the history of display.
3. How were individual and assemblages of objects linked to personal identity and how did they reflect and shape the character of the house? What motivations underpinned the consumption of these goods, and what meaning did they hold for their owners?
4. How can these tangled histories be related to visitors to include and engage local and diverse audiences? This involves understanding and evaluating audience expectations and engagement.

The student is encouraged to define their own doctoral research project within these broad parameters. The research results will inform a range of public-facing outputs at Saltram. Indeed, a core aim of the project is to identify ways to quickly embed new research findings into public programming and the student will work closely with the engagement as well as the curatorial team. The project thus has the potential to make an important contribution to how the National Trust at Saltram tells a greater variety of stories to more diverse audiences. The student will receive training from the curatorial and conservation team on object handling and the NT’s collections management system and from the engagement team on audience engagement and partnership working.

Candidate Requirements
In addition to our standard entry requirements, applicants should have:
• Masters in an appropriate discipline at merit or distinction OR equivalent experience working in the heritage sector
• Knowledge of the history/arthistory/heritage of the English country house
• Experience of undertaking research using archives or material objects
• Ability to work independently, as an effective part of a team, and with members of the public
• The student will need to be willing and able to travel between Manchester and Saltram

This opportunity includes fees funding plus an annual stipend at the Research Council minimum rate (set by UKRI), which for 2021/22 is £15,609 per annum for home and overseas applicants.

Interested applicants should contact are welcome to contact Professor Jon Stobart for an informal discussion. For application details, please consult the project description available as a PDF file here. The closing date is 20th February 2022.

Online Talks | HECAA Emerging Scholars Showcase

Posted in graduate students, lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on November 13, 2021

This afternoon!

HECAA Emerging Scholars Showcase
Online, Saturday, 13 November 2021, 2:00–3:30pm (EST)

A reminder to join us for our HECAA Emerging Scholars Showcase on Saturday, 13 November, 2:00–3:30pm, EST. Please register via the zoom link below to hear our first seven emerging scholars present their research. Each participant will present for 3–5 minutes, and after all of the presentations we will host a question and answer session. Zoom Registration Link. Also, please also mark your calendars for our next Emerging Scholars Showcase to be held on Saturday, 23 April 2022.

Best wishes,

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1  Deborah A. Fisher (Independent Scholar / PhD, Penn State University, 2021), The Metamorphoses of John Singleton Copley: Mythological Characters in American Colonial Portraiture

2  Samantha Happe (University of Melbourne), Between Isfahan and Versailles: Royal Diplomatic Gift Exchange in the Eighteenth Century

3  Philippe Halbert (Yale University), Letters of a Canadian Woman: Identity and the Self-Fashioning in the Atlantic World of Madame Bégon, 1696–1755

4  Cynthia Volk (Bard Graduate Center), Dehua Porcelain Figures of Budai: Models of Adaptivity in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century China and Europe

5  Zoë Dostal (Columbia University), Rope, Linen, Thread: Gender, Labor, and the Textile Industry in Eighteenth-Century British Art

6  Alyse Muller (Columbia University), Between Land and Sea: French Maritime Imagery in the Long Eighteenth Century

7  Andrea Morgan (Independent Scholar / PhD, Queen’s University, 2021), Frances Reynolds and Mary Nugent-Temple-Grenville, Marchioness of Buckingham: Female Artists in the Orbit of Sir Joshua Reynolds

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