2021 John Coolidge Research Fellowship

The Fellowship Committee of the New England chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (NESAH) is pleased to announce Sarah Horowitz as the recipient of the 2021 John Coolidge Research Fellowship.

Sarah Horowitz is a PhD candidate in the history of art and architecture at Boston University. Her dissertation, “Designing Postwar American Performing Arts Centers, 1955-1971”, focuses on the architectural and urban history of these cultural buildings and complexes across four regions of the United States. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she was the curatorial assistant at the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology at Colgate University where she organized a number of permanent collection and special exhibitions. She has also held curatorial and collections research positions at the MIT Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Sarah currently serves as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. She received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and B.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from Marlboro College.

The NESAH John Coolidge Research Fellowship will support her doctoral research on the construction of postwar American performing arts centers, specifically the study of the Milwaukee Center for the Performing Arts, with travel to the site and archival collections in Milwaukee and Chicago. Designed by American architect Harry Weese between 1966 and 1969, the Milwaukee performing arts center embodies larger ambitions of postwar urban and cultural redevelopment in America’s cities.