MESDA Summer Institute
Material Culture and Decorative Arts of the Southern Backcountry
June 22 - July 18, 2014
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is accepting applications from graduate students, decorative arts professionals, and independent scholars for the MESDA Summer Institute.
About the 2014 Summer Institute
The 2014 Summer Institute emphasizes the material culture of the early southern Backcountry, including Tennessee, Kentucky and the piedmont and western regions of Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Students study the region’s economic, social and cultural history through a multidisciplinary approach that includes current methods of research, interpretation, preservation, and analysis of material culture. The program’s month-long curriculum includes lectures, discussions, workshops, artifact studies, research projects, and a six-day field trip to Central Kentucky.
Three hours of graduate credit are awarded through the University of Virginia’s Graduate Program in the History of Art and Architecture.
The Visiting Scholar
Dr. Carroll Van West, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to Dr. West, the faculty is composed of members of the staffs of MESDA and Old Salem Museums & Gardens and several guest lecturers.
Costs and Housing
for the 2014 Summer Institute is $2,300.00.* Partial tuition fellowships are available. Students are
responsible for housing and some meal expenses. Dormitory accommodation is
available on the campus of Salem College, near the Institute center at MESDA.
Double occupancy rooms are $455.00* for the four weeks (single
supplement: $140.00*). The cost for hotel accommodations on the six-day study
trip will be approximately $360 (double occupancy).*
*All costs are subject to change.
Graduate students in the fields of American history,
material culture, museum studies, historic preservation, and related fields,
and professionals in the museum, education, or related fields are encouraged to
Click here to download an application form.
The deadline for applications is April 18, 2014.
For further information contact Sally Gant, Director of Education & Special Programs (SGant@oldsalem.org or call 336-721-7361).
About the MESDA Summer Institute
Since the 1970s, the MESDA Summer Institute has provided graduate students, museum professionals, and independent scholars with an in-depth education in the decorative arts and material culture of the early American South. The focus of the MESDA Summer Institute rotates between the three regions of the MESDA South: the Backcountry (2014), the Lowcountry (next in 2015), and the Chesapeake (next in 2016).