Search Criteria


Key Word Search by:

Organization Type

State or Jurisdiction

Congressional District


Division or Office

Grants to:

Date Range Start

Date Range End

  • Special Searches

    Product Type

    Media Coverage Type


Search Results

Grant number like: FT-254451-17

Permalink for this Search

Page size:
 1 items in 1 pages
Award Number Grant ProgramAward RecipientProject TitleAward PeriodApproved Award Total
Page size:
 1 items in 1 pages
FT-254451-17Research Programs: Summer StipendsAnne Ayer VerplanckThe Business of Art: Transforming the Graphic Arts in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction6/1/2017 - 7/31/2017$6,000.00AnneAyerVerplanck   Pennsylvania State University, HarrisburgMiddletownPA17057-4846USA2017Art History and CriticismSummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

Preparation of a book-length study on the history of business and graphic arts in 19th-century Philadelphia.

The book analyzes how the art world functioned amid changing business structures, technological innovations, and rapid urban development. Using Philadelphia as its locus, the book positions the city in both national and international contexts, asking how the interplay of place, economics, and social relations affected the creation and use of art, individual businesses, and the ascent and decline of high-caliber graphic arts in Philadelphia. At its core, the book analyzes why seemingly contradictory innovative and retardataire practices and mindsets in the city enabled the infrastructure surrounding the graphic arts to expand during the antebellum period, yet ultimately cede prominence as the nation’s artistic center to New York City. The project analyzes the financial underpinnings and creative output of artists, printers, publishers, and others in the art world to provide new perspectives on artistic patronage, production, and distribution; urban development; and business practices.