History of Decorative Arts
George Mason University in Partnership with Smithsonian Associates

MA in History of Decorative Arts

Lindsy Parrott, 2004

Lindsy Parrott

Recent Exhibitions:

"Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion" (organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, NYC; co-curator; October 12, 2012 - January 20, 2013)

"Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light" (curator), a traveling exhibition; venues include: The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY; Louisiana State University’s Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA. (2012-2014)

“Tiffany Lamps: Articles of Utility, Objects of Art” (curator), a traveling exhibition; venues include: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA; Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC; Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI. (2010-2013)

“An Orchestra of Color: The Flat Glass of Louis C. Tiffany,” located in the Neustadt Collection Gallery at the Queens Museum of Art. (2004-2012)

Recent Publications:

“‘Unimaginable Splendours of Colour’: Tiffany’s Opalescent Glass,” in Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion exhibition catalog, forthcoming, October 2012

"A Closer Look at Louis C. Tiffany’s Unglazed Favrile Pottery," American Ceramic Circle Journal, 2011

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Nature by Design, Shelburne Museum, 2009 (with Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Jean M. Burks)

“Sheets and Shards, Gems and Jewels: The Archive of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass,” Journal of Glass Studies, 2009

“The Ceramics of Louis Comfort Tiffany,” Nineteenth Century Magazine, 2006

Recent Presentations:

“Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light” at the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY (June 2012)

 “Louis C. Tiffany’s Career as a Colorist” at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY (March 2012)

“An Illuminating Look at Tiffany Lamps” at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (November 2012); Biltmore Estate (July 2011); Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA (March 2011); Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA (December 2010); Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI (July 2010)

“Connoisseurship of Tiffany Lamps” at the National American Glass Club, Westchester Chapter, White Plains, NY (April 2010) 


Fellow, Corning Museum of Glass, 2014

Excellence Award, "Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion" exhibition and catalog, Victorian Society New York, 2013

Recipient of the Corning Museum of Glass Rakow Grant for Glass Research to study and research The Neustadt Collection’s glass holdings (2005)

Recipient of the Connecticut Ceramic Study Circle’s Research Grant for M.A. thesis on Louis C. Tiffany’s Favrile Pottery (2002)

Advice for aspiring decorative arts historians:

Actively network, and be sure to cast a wide net: Join professional organizations like the College Art Association and special interest groups focusing on a time period or medium in order to create a large and varied professional network. Get involved with these organizations by serving on boards or committees. 

Use social media to your advantage: At the very least, create a LinkedIn profile listing your coursework, job experience, and other accomplishments. Develop a professional network by linking with others in your field and be sure that your invitation to connect always includes a short, professional note, particularly if you have never met the person you are contacting.

Perhaps most important, develop relationships with your classmates and professors: My most rewarding professional opportunities have come from professors and colleagues who are former classmates.   

Conduct yourself with professionalism. Always be respectful and courteous. Thank you notes, or emails, are always appreciated (and often remembered) by the busy decorative arts professionals who may assist you with research inquiries.

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