Meet the Board:
Caryne is the Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow in American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery.
What do you like about being involved with the Society of Winterthur fellows?
I love bringing people together who are passionate about a shared interest or vision. I first found out about the WPAMC program from an alumna who was my internship supervisor, so right from the start I learned the value of the SOWF network. As a student and now as a professional, I have benefitted in so many ways from the support and expertise of Winterthur alumni. I am thrilled to serve on the Board because I am now more able to help others connect and have similar positive experiences that benefit individuals and also make our field stronger in general.
What words of advice do you have for current Fellows?
Explore! Be open to new types of objects, materials, questions, topics, and projects and see where things take you. Get to know people at Winterthur (and outside Winterthur) who are not directly involved with your program and find out what interests them and how they do their work. You never know when someone or something might help you identify a new direction or interest. Also, schedule time to spend in the collection and outside on the grounds.
Describe a memorable lesson you learned as a Fellow that you still carry with you:
In Material Life in America, we spent part of a class meeting in the Oyster Bay Room. We were examining a seventeenth-century chest and Ritchie Garrison (Director of the WPAMC and our instructor for the class) had us dim the lights down to the lowest level they would go. We spent the time talking about the sensory experience of the chest in seventeenth-century lighting experiences while getting to interact with the chest ourselves in a completely different way than usual. The use of bright colors, bold turnings, and carved surfaces made so much more sense. I still often think about the sensory experience of objects through time and bring that to my work. I am giving a Gallery Talk in July 2017 about lighting implements and the experience of artificial light, for example. I also often use these themes when leading tours of YUAG’s Furniture Study.