The purpose of the Craft Research Fund is to advance, expand and support scholarship in United States.
3 out of 13 Graduate Research proposals awarded
Diana Greenwold, University of California Berkeley – $3,430
Dissertation research to explore immigrant craft practice in American settlement houses between 1884 and 1945.
Maureen Lilly Marsh, Purdue University – $8,285
Dissertation research for a cultural biography of the knit designer and writer Elizabeth Zimmerman, as well as knitting as emerging art and craft in late 20th C culture.
Teresa Wilkins, Indiana University Bloomington – $8,285
Dissertation research to investigate the construction, use and socio-political meaning of modern feather arts of Hawaii.
6 out of 23 Project Grant proposals awarded
Nicholas R. Bell, Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art, Renwick Gallery/Smithsonian – $8,000
Editorial support for the publication that will archive the important symposium “Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture”
Ashley Callahan, Independent Scholar – $12,500
Research toward the book Southern Tufts that will analyze the history of tufted garments made in north Georgia as it evolved from handcraft to mechanized industry.
Jonathan Fineberg, Professor of Art History Emeritus, University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign – $5,000
Research for the first scholarly monograph on the work of Robert Arneson
Irene Hollister, Independent Scholar, and Catherine Whalen, Assistant Professor, Bard Graduate Center – $8,000
Research toward a book on Paul Hollister, critic and historian of the studio glass movement
Jenni Sorkin, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History, University of Houston – $12,500 Research for a book-length study that recovers the gendered history of weaving and its uncertain disciplinary status within the mid-twentieth century university
Anne Stewart O’Donnell, Independent Scholar – $12,500
Research toward a book on the ties between the American Arts and Crafts Movement and the rise of the greeting card industry (1900-1939)
2 out of 15 Exhibition Research proposals awarded
Carole Frances Lung, Assistant Professor, California State University Los Angeles – $8,250
Support for the Camp CARPA project and exhibition (artistic reflection of DARPA) that plays with the idea of secret innovation in the crafts, exploring craft and its place in contemporary cultural practice
Ezra Shales, Associate Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design – $11,250
Research on the development of the exhibition and book focused on Marion Fosdick and Clara Nelson, women who were exhibiting artists and influential teachers at Alfred University between 1920 and 1953
Edward S. Cooke Jr., Charles F. Montgomery Professor, History of Art American Decorative Arts and Material Culture, Yale University
Dr. Edward S. Cooke, Jr. has published extensively on both historical and contemporary furniture. He has explored the artisanal world of colonial and early national America, while some of his work on modern craft has historicized and explicated more recent forms of production. He has served as co-curator and publication author of several exhibitions including: New American Furniture (Museum of Fine Arts, 1989); Inspiring Reform: Boston’s Arts and Crafts Movement (Davis Museum, Wellesley College, 1997); and The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture, 1940-1990 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003. Cooke has served as Director of the Yale Center for the Study of American Art and Material Culture since 1992 and was the Chair of the department from 2000 to 2006. Cooke holds a BA from Yale University, a MA from Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of Delaware, and a PhD from Boston University.
George Dimock, Associate Professor of Art History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dr. George Dimock’s current research centers on photography in the U.S. at the turn of the twentieth century. His approach is informed by semiotics and cultural studies. His most recent article is titled “‘The Negro As He Really Is’: W.E.B. Du Bois and Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore” (Exposure, Spring 2013). Earlier work focused on photographic representations of children and childhood with a particular emphasis on the child-labor photographs of Lewis Hine. In the fall of 2001, he curated an exhibition for the Weatherspoon Art Museum: Childhood Deployed: Pictorialism and Social Documentary in the U.S. (1890-1925). Dimock holds a BA in English from Harvard University, an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Art History from the University of Rochester.
Leisa Rundquist, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of North Carolina Asheville
Dr. Leisa Rundquist specializes in modern and contemporary art, art of the United States, and self-taught art. While earning her doctorate, she was awarded a Terra Foundation for the Arts / American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship in American Art for her dissertation, “Pyre: A Poetics of Fire and Childhood in the Art of Henry Darger.” Rundquist’s research explores secular and religious intertextualities in the visual art and writings of Henry Darger. She is currently developing essays on transgendered representations of the Vivian girls as well as a macabre scrapbook compiled by Darger entitled, “Fires (big and small) in which firemen or persons lose their lives” (c. 1950-70). Rundquist holds a BFA in Art History and a MA in American Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Art from UNC Chapel Hill.
Tara Leigh Tappert, Principal, Tappert & Associates, Archives and American Art Consultants
Dr. Tara Leigh Tappert is an independent scholar and archivist providing research, writing, editing, curatorial, and collections management services to arts and cultural institutions and to private individuals and families. In 2010 Tara was awarded a CCCD research grant to study 20th century American military uses of arts-and-crafts making for rehabilitation, vocational training, and soldier well being. With seed funding from the grant she launched The Arts and the Military, a grassroots organization that produced Arts, Military + Healing: A Collaborative Initiative at major cultural, educational, and medical institutions across the greater Washington, DC area. She is also the exhibitions curator for Combat Paper Project, managing shows throughout the world. Tara holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from the George Washington University, an M.S.L.S. in Library and Archives Administration from Wayne State University, and a B.A. in History from Hope College.
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