The Liana Paredes Fellowship Program annually selects scholars who receive access to Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens collections and library. Past fellows have used museum, library, and archives materials to support their studies on such interesting and varied subjects as pre-revolutionary Russian needlework, the adoption of coffee into French life in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, grief and mourning in Russian visual arts, and the pictorial narratives of the Patriotic War.
Recent 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 as well as using 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, our 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 information about the Liana Paredes Fellowship Program, including how to apply for a 2018 fellowship position, can be found here.
Roberley Bell, 2017
Visual artist from Batavia, NY.
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 comings months and years.
Yelena Harbick, 2017
International Director, Russian Fine and Decorative Arts, Bonhams, New York.
While at Hillwood, Yelena examined and studied three of Hillwood’s masterpieces of Russian works of art (32.22, 15.202, and 15.205).
Jill Martiniuk, 2016
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.
Andrew M. Nedd, 2016
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.
Julia Landweber, 2015
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.
Andrea Rusnock, 2015
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.