Gilded Age Art, Design & Technology
Sunday, April 23 through Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Scholarship Application Information
Scholarships are to assist undergraduate and graduate students interested in attending the Symposium. Scholarships of $550 are designed to cover the cost of attending all lectures and Symposium events. Additional funds are available for travel and lodging expenses. Please note in your letter of interest if you are also requesting consideration for travel funds.
Provide a letter of interest (1 page maximum) stating your professional or academic status and the reasons why attendance at the Symposium would benefit your work. Please include two academic or professional letters of recommendation.
Arts and Humanities Professionals
A limited number of Symposium admissions are available at a discounted price for arts and humanities professionals. To apply, submit a letter of interest indicating your professional interests, affiliations, and how the Symposium would benefit your work.
Direct all letters to:
Newport Symposium/The Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters are due by March 12, 2017 Notifications of scholarships will be made by March 19, 2017
The Gilded Age arose from the effort to reconcile modern industrial technology with the artistic vocabulary of the past both real and imaginary. Many of Newports summer colonists made their fortunes in industry, and were instrumental in promoting the widespread adoption of advances like steam engines, electric lighting, central heating, refrigeration and automobiles. But jubilation at modern progress was tinged with nostalgia for pre-industrial styles and craftsmanship, giving rise to a host of inventive, eclectic expressions in material culture. From the romantic Medievalism of Ruskin, Henry Adams and William Morris to the bold new iconography of the Statue of Liberty and the Newport mansions, this symposium will explore the range of ways in which Gilded Age patrons and designers forged a new American identity, celebrating innovation while remaining firmly rooted in tradition.