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 PhD Candidate in the English Department at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Her secondary field of study is International Education. Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on cultural and artistic trans-Atlantic exchange from the mid-twentieth century to today. She has a particular interest in the cultural Cold War and American philanthropic funding of writers and artists during the mid-twentieth century.
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: