Karen Patricia Heath is a political historian of the twentieth-century United States, with research interests in cultural policymaking and political ideologies. She has written journal articles on the early years of the National Endowment for the Arts and on US federal architectural policy. Karen is currently writing a monograph, provisionally entitled Conservatives and the Politics of Federal Arts Funding, from the Great Society to the Culture Wars.
Amanda Niedfeldt is a literary scholar with research interests in the cultural Cold War and twentieth century artistic patronage. She is currently completing her dissertation entitled The Pivot Point: The Ford Foundation and Writers at the Berlin Wall.
This conference was inspired by a panel held at the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States annual conference 2018. The interest we received in the panel indicated to us that there was a wider conversation to be had about public-private American art patronage. We look forward to building on this discussion in Oxford this June!
The conference is generously sponsored by: