The Decorative Arts Trust is a non-profit organization created for the study and preservation of the decorative arts through an exchange of information, lectures and seminars. Donations to support these efforts are greatly appreciated.
Traditionally, the third week of January has become Americana Antiques Week in New York, with several major American auctions, many well-respected Americana antiques shows, various museum exhibits of American decorative arts, as well as opportunities to hear lectures by leading experts on various pertinent topics. The Decorative Arts Trust offers a weekend meeting organized around these many opportunities
The newsletter provides detailed information on meetings, reports on museums and collections, scholarly opportunities, news on people in the decorative arts field, schedules of upcoming events, book reviews, articles on collecting and research.
Lecturers are listed in our Lecturers Registry in chronological order of our last 41 symposiums. It lists each speaker with his or her lecture title, address and telephone number. The Registry is cross-indexed by lecture subject, i.e. furniture, metals, textiles, etc., and by the lecturer's name. It is most helpful in finding speakers for local meetings and experts for collection concerns.
Through the Dewey Lee Curtis Scholarship Fund, the Trust awards graduate students majoring in a field related to American decorative arts are able to attend Trust symposiums throughout the country. The Fund supports a minimum of two scholars for each symposium. Through this Fund and the donations of members, the Trust also provides one continuing studies scholarship each year awarded to a person actively working in the field of American decorative arts. It alternates between the Winterthur Winter Institute, The Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program in Early American History and Material Culture, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Summer Institute and the Attingham Summer School.
Other programs include finding the appropriate museum, house museum or historical society for members who wish to donate American decorative arts from their own collection.