The first workshop, generously supported by the Hon. Max N. Berry, was held at the Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C., in September 2019. It included presentations by a number of invited scholars: Janice Simon (Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia); Richard J. Powell (Duke University); Hannah W. Wong (independent scholar); Michael Leja (University of Pennsylvania); Ellery Foutch (Middlebury College); and Avis Berman (author and independent scholar). The Lunder Institute will host a second workshop in Maine in April 2020. The culminating session will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Art in March 2021.
Each workshop offers an intensive three-day program of presentations, discussions, and hands-on archival encounters for its ten core participants, invited scholars, and guests. The workshops aim to build lasting relationships among the participants, who will serve as advocates for teaching with primary sources in the field of American art for years to come. Tied to specific topics and engaging with local expertise, each workshop will incorporate time for peer-to-peer discussion, interaction with invited presenters, reflection on models shared, and experimentation with teaching strategies. The outcome will be a set of distinct and adaptable models for incorporating primary sources into the teaching of American art history.