Independent Study Program

The Guild’s Board of Trustees created the Independent Study Program solely for the benefit of Fellow Members. The intent is to enable interested Fellow Members to pursue research projects consistent with the theme of “miniatures as an art form” by providing them with financial support in the form of a grant. The purpose of the award is to enable the recipient(s) to do research connected with a specific object, technique, material, or historical setting, or to expand the Fellow Member’s skills.

The Guild expects to receive some benefit as a result of the study grant. This could be in the form of teaching a class at the annual Guild Show, a Guild Study Program or the Guild School, a detailed article in The CUBE, a lecture at the annual Guild Show or the Guild School, a presentation (PowerPoint or video) for Guild use, or a donation of a piece to a Guild auction.

The grants for the remainder of the 2015–2016 fiscal year will be a maximum of $580. Applications will be accepted at any time. Once an application is received, Fellow members will be notified that there is a two-month period during which other applications can be submitted, after which the committee will meet to decide which grant(s) will be funded and for what amounts. If there are still funds available after that, the application process will be re-opened under the same guidelines with the maximum grant being what is left in the program’s budget. All active Fellow members are eligible with the exception of grantees within the previous five years, members of the Independent Study committee and employees of IGMA.

Applications are available for download here. They may also be requested by mail by contacting:

Stuart Kleeman
Chairperson Independent Study Program
9 South Cottage Road
Belmont, MA 02478
617-489-3901
stuart.kleeman@gmail.com

2014 Recipients

Cristina Minischetti, Italy

"Thanks to the ISP I was able to learn Filato Mosaics, a technique developed in Italy in the 18th century to make micro mosaics, where the mosaics tiny tiles are made with a special glass that is fused, pulled in thin strands and cut in small pieces.

The class was taught by a master mosaicist from the Vatican City (Rome) where the technique was born and kept secret for centuries. "

 

 

Sylvia Mobley

Sylvia Mobley, USA

"I was able to travel from California to Florida to attend a Sculptural Felting class being taught by Deborah Pope at the NIADA conference . Deborah is an excellent teacher and I could not possibly live long enough to figure out on my own all that I learned with her.”

Past recipients of the Independent Study Grant:

2002
Peter Kendall
Research on a counting house, Rhode Island

2004
Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel
Study of Italian Majolica Pottery

2007
Barbara Stanton
Development of etching techniques in miniature

2007-8
Noel and Pat Thomas
Research on the aging of French structures over the centuries

2008-9
Bonni Backe
Research in Norwegian double weave coverlets

2011
Brooke Rothshank
Study of egg tempera painting technique

2013
Ann High
Study French Medieval design and its influence on early English furniture

Carolyn Curran
Broaden her skills to use of metal clay

2013-14
Hiroyuki Kimura
Observe, sketch and photograph a wide range of animals, including many uncommon species, for future reproduction in miniature

2014
Sylvia Mobley
Learn sculptural felting techniques and adapt to a miniature scale; work with other sculptural mediums

Cristina Minischetti
Study “filati mosaic,” a different mini-mosaic technique