Arts Patronage in Modern America: An International Conference
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Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 June 2019 

Sponsored by: Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, Terra Foundation for American Art, The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities, and the British Association for American Studies.

This interdisciplinary conference will feature papers by emerging and established scholars from around the world whose work deals with American arts patronage from the early twentieth century to the present day.

On Wednesday 26 June, from 15.00-16.30, John R. Blakinger, Terra Visiting Professor of American Art, University of Oxford, will deliver his plenary, ‘“To Remain Silent Is To Be Complicit”: Arts Funding in the Trump Era’.

On Thursday 27 June, from 15.00-16.30, Mary Anne Goley, Founding Director of the Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve Board will deliver her plenary, ‘Playing By the Rules, How I Directed the Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve Board, 1975 thru 2006’.

Both of the above plenaries are free and open to the public. Registration is via Eventbrite, short links above.

Panel presentations will be held at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, from 9.30-14.30 on Wednesday 26 June, from 9.15-14.30 on Thursday 27 June, and from 9.15-12.45 on Friday 28 June.

A special panel of distinguished expert practitioners will also weigh in on the current state of American cultural diplomacy.

The conference will close with a drinks reception and a three course dinner at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, starting at 19.00 on Friday 28 June.

If you plan to attend any of the panel presentations, including the practitioner panel, register via Eventbrite

If you also plan to attend the optional reception and dinner, register using the same link.

Vegan and gluten free dining options are available if ordered in advance; menu options will be communicated to attendees upon receipt of payment.

A limited number of Bed and Breakfast rooms are also available at St. Anne’s College. To reserve a single, en-suite room, visit and use the promotional code RAI29946. You should select the nights from 25th June until 28th June and then follow the instructions.

For the full conference programme see our website

For further information contact: Karen Patricia Heath and Amanda Niedfeldt

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