Rienzi Symposium

Established in 2014, the biennial Rienzi symposium focuses on topics inspired by the decorative arts, with papers presented by emerging scholars. The next symposium, “Skillful Hands: Apprentices and Networks of Learning 1650–1950,” is planned for November 2024.

Skillful Hands: Apprentices and Networks of Learning 1650–1950

This symposium critically considers the networks of learning available—and unavailable—to diverse groups of people and how access to training and materials through apprenticeships helped to shape craft traditions.

Call for Papers
Graduate students and entry-level and mid-career professionals are invited to submit a 400-word abstract outlining a 20-minute presentation, along with a CV. 

Questions? Contact rienzi@mfah.org

Education programs at Rienzi receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Alkek and Williams Foundation; Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III Endowment; and the Caroline Wiess Law Endowment for Rienzi.