The Liana Paredes Fellowship Program annually selects scholars who receive access to the and at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Past fellows have used museum, library, and archival materials to support their studies on interesting and varied subjects, such as pre-revolutionary Russian needlework, the adoption of coffee into French life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, grief and mourning in Russian visual arts, and the pictorial narratives of the Patriotic War.
Fellow Andrea Rusnock (2015), associate professor of art history at Indiana University South Bend remarked, "I want to thank you for the wonderful opportunity I had by being a Hillwood Scholar-in-Residence. It was a great experience for me to study actual objects first hand and use the library resources. It is a valuable program and I am grateful to have been one of the first recipients of this important venture."
In 2016, fellow Andrew Nedd, professor of art history at Savannah College of Art and Design added, "I am very grateful to the Hillwood community for providing me with this valuable opportunity and for supporting my work during my visit. Everyone made me feel so welcome, and the library and curatorial staff were particularly helpful and obliging. The access I was provided to the works of art in the collection and to the library's resources are proving to be crucial to completion of my project."
More recently fellow Justin Willson, PhD Candidate in Art & Archaeology at Princeton University stated, "Hillwood is the ideal place for scholars of art history. The wonderful curatorial and library staff combined with the excellent collection of objects embedded in the layers of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s life bring before one’s eyes the intersection of biography with history and scholarly constructs. It was a pleasure to be able to enjoy the calm of the garden in the afternoons, and I felt sincerely welcomed and appreciated by all of my Hillwood colleagues. Washington is full of wonderful cultural institutions, and Hillwood is among the very finest. "
Justin Willson, 2019
PhD Candidate in Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, NJ
Justin studies Byzantine and early Slavic art and aesthetics. At Hillwood, he examined a selection of the museum’s early icons and the Avinoff-Shoumatoff holdings in the library collection.
PhD candidate at Harvard University, MA
Ashley’s dissertation is titled “Living with the Past: Antiquity and Sculptural Production in mid- to late 18th-century France.” She studied a selection of eighteenth-century French marble sculptures of classical subjects from Hillwood’s collection, with the goal of attributing them to specific sculptors.
Visual artist from Batavia, New York
Roberley studied Hillwood’s gardens and collections, each day selecting an image, word, and color that would inform the creation of an “object of the day.” It is her hope, and ours, that these studies will go on to inform the work she produces in the coming months and years.
Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Virginia
Jill examined Hillwood's collection of icons that depict Mary as a figure that both mourns and relieves others of their grieving for her research titled "An Inconsolable Grief: The Feminization of Grief and Mourning in Russian Literature and Visual Arts."
Professor, Art History Department, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
Andrew studied Hillwood’s collection and library holdings related to his research project titled "Defending Russia: History Through Pictorial Narratives of the Patriotic War, 1812-1912."
Assistant Professor of European History and of Women’s and Gender Studies, Montclair State University
Julia focused on Hillwood's collection of eighteenth-century coffee, tea, and chocolate services for her research titled "Embracing the Queen of Beans: How Coffee was Adopted into French Medicine, Fashion, and Diet, 1660-1789."
Associate Professor of Art History, Indiana University, South Bend
Andrea studied the museum and library's collection of Russian imperial needlework and textiles to support her projects titled "Russian Needlework in the Life of Imperial Elite Females" and "Old Stitches/New Patterns: Russian Fin-de-Siècle Needlework and Imperial Culture."