“Useful and Beautiful” conference, Delaware

“Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites”
7-9 October 2010

University of Delaware
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Delaware Art Museum

“Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites” will be the subject of a conference and related exhibitions to be held 7–9 October 2010 at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate (Wilmington, DE). Organized with the assistance of the William Morris Society in the United States, “Useful & Beautiful” will highlight the strengths of the University of Delaware’s rare books, art, and manuscripts collections; Winterthur’s important holdings in American decorative arts; and the Delaware Art Museum’s superlative Pre-Raphaelite collection (the largest outside Britain). All events will focus on the multitude of transatlantic exchanges that involved Morris, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements of the late nineteenth century.

In addition to sessions featuring internationally-known scholars and experts, there will be a keynote lecture by noted biographer, Fred Kaplan; demonstrations by leading practitioners who make and design Arts and Crafts objects; special exhibitions; and a performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” by the University of Delaware’s critically acclaimed Resident Ensemble Players/Professional Theatre Training Program.

The registration fee, which may be paid with a credit card, is $150, $75 for students (including graduate students). If you would like to attend the Friday night performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest” there is an additional charge of $20 per ticket (let her know how many tickets desired).

Regarding accommodations. There are but a handful of rooms left at the Courtyard Marriott at UD for the nights of 7-9 October. Therefore, we have made arrangements for special rates at two other hotels, Homewood Suites and the Sleep Inn. Details about the hotels, with links for online booking, are now on the conference website where the preliminary program and other information has been posted.

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