Integrating Art and Life

From the desk of Vonda Givens at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

“We are excited to announce that the Emerging Scholars Symposium, which has become a core feature of the museum’s annual educational programming, is moving to the fall. Now in its 3rd year, this conference seeks to support and secure the future of rigorous scholarship in areas related to the Arts and Crafts movement. Held in partnership with the American Fine and Decorative Arts Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the conference also seeks to connect worthy up-and-coming scholars to an audience that shares an interest in their research.

The conference has been added to the lineup of our biggest weekend in 2013, the Design for Living weekend, which takes place over Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th and includes a Saturday evening gala at the Mountain Lakes Club. Kicking off this exciting weekend, the Emerging Scholars Symposium will be held in the Education Room at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms on Saturday, October 5, starting at 9:00 a.m.

Each year the Symposium is developed around a central theme and graduate students (including recent graduates) are invited to submit papers for consideration in relation to that theme. This year’s theme, “Integrating Art and Life,” explores idealism, economics, and the Arts and Crafts Movement. The Arts and Crafts movement sought to address the tension between economic viability and a satisfied, artistic life. This tension was a constant concern for producers throughout the period. Selected scholars will present papers that explore the different aspects of this issue: Were producers able to meet these lofty goals? Were these goals shared by everyone? How did the movement’s aesthetics shape perception about its products and the ideas behind them?


Three scholars have been invited to make presentations and we are pleased to welcome:

Diana Greenwold, Ph.D. candidate, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

“Crafting New Citizens: Immigrant Identity at Boston’s Paul Revere Pottery, 1908-1942”

John Paul Murphy, Ph.D. candidate, Art History, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

“Is Poverty Progress? Henry George, William Morris, and the Aesthetics of Social Reform”

David Sledge, History of Art M.A., Williams College

“History and the Craftsman: Anti-modernism in Thomas Eakins’s 1908 William Rush Series”


And continuing in the successful framework established by Martin Eidelberg’s address at last year’s Symposium, the 2013 program will also include two distinguished scholars, Nancy E. Green and Suzanne L. Flynt.

Join us to explore this engaging theme and to support the work of these emerging scholars. The conference will end at 12:00 noon, after which attendees are invited to enjoy a delicious optional lunch at 1:00 at the nearby Tabor Road Tavern.”

We hope you will be able to join the Craftsman Farms family for an incredible weekend. For more information about the Symposium and Gala weekend please visit


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