Victorian Society of America Summer Schools (applications due 1 March 2017)

Victorian Society Summer Schools
We invite you to study architecture, art, landscape, and preservation at one of our internationally-acclaimed Summer Schools in Newport, Chicago, and London. You will enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. Open to graduate students, academics, architects, and the general public. Applications are due March 1st!
Newport Summer School, June 2-11, 2017
Join renowned architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson to experience and study four centuries of architecture, art, culture, and landscape at the acclaimed Newport Summer School. This ten-day program is based in Newport, Rhode Island, the “Queen” of American resorts. You will enjoy lectures by Richard Guy Wilson and other leading scholars, tours of private homes, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at some of America’s grandest mansions.
Participants will examine Newport’s most iconic sites: Richard Morris Hunt’s Marble House, The Breakers, and Ochre Court; Richard Upjohn’s Kingscote, and H.H. Richardson’s Sherman House. Additional highlights include McKim, Mead & White’s Isaac Bell House and downtown casino, as well as Victorian gardens, historic churches, and Tiffany windows. Field trips include visits to Providence, RI and North Easton, MA. Participants are housed in Ochre Lodge at Salve Regina University, designed by local architect Dudley Newton in 1890.
Course Director: Richard Guy Wilson
Possible Guest Lecturers include: Pauline C. Metcalf, Paul Miller, Paul Onorato, Laurie Ossman, Pieter Roos, John Tschirch, and James Yarnell.
Tuition: $2,700, which includes expert instruction, course materials, 9 nights shared dormitory-style accommodation, entrance fees, receptions, and some meals (kitchen facilities are on site; many dining options nearby). Full and partial scholarships are available.
Chicago Summer School, June 15-20, 2017
The 3rd annual Chicago Summer School focuses on the American roots of Modernism. After the Great Fire of 1871, progressive architects and patrons propelled the city to the forefront of technological and aesthetic experimentation. Through expert lectures and guided tours, you will survey mid 19th- and early 20th-century architecture, art, design, history, landscape, and preservation. Participants will visit private and public buildings, parks and landscapes with access to some of the era’s most iconic spaces: the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, H.H. Richardson’s Glessner House, Adler and Sullivan’s Auditorium Building, Burnham & Root’s Rookery Building, Graceland Cemetery, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio, Unity Temple and seminal designs in the surrounding Oak Park neighborhood. Additional highlights include Gilded Age mansions on the historic Gold Coast and the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Driehaus Museum. This program is housed downtown in the Loop.
Course Directors: Tina Strauss and John Waters
Possible Lecturers include: Richard Guy Wilson, Terry Tatum, Jennifer Carlquist, Virginia Stewart, Diane Dillon, Anne Sullivan, William Tyre, and John Waters.
Tuition: $2100, which includes expert instruction, lectures, course materials, tours, 7 nights shared dormitory-style accommodation, entrance fees, breakfasts, receptions, and some meals. Scholarships are not available for this program.
London Summer School, July 1-16, 2017
The Victorian Society’s Summer School is one of the most dynamic programmes for the study of Victorian art, architecture and design. Featuring tours of London, the Midlands, and for the first time, the West Country, the course is a unique and engaging mix of talks, guided walks, and private visits.
In London, participants will explore many of the sites and events that made the capital the centre of commerce, politics, culture and Empire, including the Palace of Westminster, the Foreign Office, St Pancras Station, Leighton House, Lincolns Inn and All Saints Margaret Street. Tours of Liverpool and Manchester reveal the contradictions in England’s industrial heritage – incorporating majestic civic buildings as well as churches, factories and miles of terraced housing. The new focus on the Arts and Crafts features visits to Morris’s Red House and Kelmscott Manor, Standen, Rodmarton and Wightwick Manor. Day trips to Oxford and Surrey explore Gothic Revival and Pre-Raphaelite gems like Worcester College and the Ashmolean, and country houses by Lutyens and Voysey.
Director: Jo Banham
Assistant Director: Elizabeth Leckie
Possible Lecturers include: Rosemary Hill, Lynda Nead, Timothy Jones, Gavin Stamp, Anne Anderson, Jonathan Conlin, Nicola Smith, Peter Howell, Justine Hopkins and Robert Thorne.
Tuition: $4,500, which includes expert instruction, course materials, 15 nights shared hotel accommodation, entrance fees, full English breakfasts, teas, receptions, and all but two dinners. Full and partial scholarships are available.
How to Apply
Complete the online application and all related materials by March 1. All applications require a $50 application fee. This non-refundable fee can be paid online at or by mailing a check or money order to the address below. You will also need one letter of recommendation from an academic or professional contact. Letters should include your full name, qualifications, current work, and how you might benefit from the program. Letters should be e-mailed or mailed directly from the author on letterhead. Successful candidates, including scholarship recipients, must pay a tuition deposit of $350. Deposits are non-refundable and not covered by scholarships.
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Thanks to generous support from the Victorian Society Summer Schools Alumni Association, The Victorian Society Scholarship Fund, VSA chapters, and other organizations and individuals, a limited number of scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Awards are based on merit and financial need. To apply, complete the online scholarship application and all related materials by March 1. A second recommendation letter describing your financial need is also required. This letter should be written by a different author from your general application letter and must describe your specific financial circumstances. Letters should be e-mailed or mailed directly from the author on letterhead. We also ask for a copy of your 2016 Federal Tax Return.
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