Winterthur, Del. -- Brock Jobe, curator and longtime educator in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, has been named one of two recipients of the prestigious Eric M. Wunsch Award for excellence in the American Arts. The award was created in 2012 by the Wunsch Americana Foundation to continue the legacy of legendary collector Martin Wunsch and to encourage greater scholarship and appreciation of American Decorative Arts. Leroy Graves, the conservator of upholstery at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, also was named a recipient.
"This year we found two honorees who exhibit great joy, pleasure, in the roles they play in the study of American furniture, and everyone we talked to reflected the sincere love of the field exhibited," said Wunsch Americana Foundation President Peter Wunsch. "Brock, in particular, is understood to have open arms to discourse on furniture, and I always enjoy photographs of him studying a piece because you can see in the look on his face that he loves what he is doing and that the table, chest, desk is about to get flipped upside down so he can feel, touch, embrace the object and soak in all that it is. We are so happy to be able to honor a scholar of, and lover of, furniture like Brock Jobe."
Winterthur Director David Roselle praised Jobe for an exceptional career characterized by an unwavering commitment to excellence in collecting, academic affairs, and mentoring. "Winterthur congratulates Bock Jobe on this impressive award," he added.
Jobe has taught graduate courses in historic interiors, decorative arts and twentieth-century design in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture for over a decade and is widely praised for his "gentlemanly demeanor, generosity of spirit, and unbridled enthusiasm for the decorative arts," said Tom Savage, Winterthur director of museum affairs.
"At no time have I ever known Brock Jobe to be too busy, too engulfed or too self-absorbed to stop everything and advise a student, a colleague, a collector or a friend. He counts among his devoted fans dealers, auctioneers, collectors, curators, conservators, all of whom admire him tremendously," Savage added.
He is a recipient of the President’s Award from Old Sturbridge Village and the Award of Merit from the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America. Jobe retired from his professorship in May 2015, but retains an office at Winterthur and continues to study, write and lecture about American furniture.
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