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Beverly Brandt is an award-winning Professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, where she teaches courses on design history, theory, and criticism. She received her Ph.D. from the American and New England Studies Program at Boston University in 1985. Her dissertation and subsequent publications have focused upon the Arts & Crafts Movement, specifically The Society of Arts & Crafts in Boston. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and journals including American Craft, American Ceramics, Metalsmith, Designers West, Historic New England, the American Society of Interior Designers Report, Tiller, a bimonthly devoted to the Arts & Crafts Movement, The Tabby: The Chronicle of the Arts & Crafts Movement, the Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, the Journal of the Archives of American Art, the Journal of Interior Design, and the Journal of Interior Design Education and Research. She has contributed essays to The Encyclopedia of Arts & Crafts, the International Arts Movement, 1850 - 1920 (New York: E.P. Dutton, and London: Headline, 1989; reprinted by Knickerbocker Press in 1998); The Ideal Home, The History of Twentieth-Century American Craft, 1900 - 1920 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., published in association with the American Craft Museum, 1993), Innovation and Derivation: The Contribution of L. & J.G. Stickley to the Arts and Crafts Movement (Morris Plains, N.J.: The Craftsman Farms Foundation, 1995), the Substance of Style: Perspectives on the American Arts and Crafts Movement (Winterthur, DE: the Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum, 1996), The Craftsman on CD-ROM (New York: Interactive Bureau, 1998), the award-winning Inspiring Reform: Boston's Arts and Crafts Movement (Wellesley, MA: Davis Museum & Cultural Center, in conjunction with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1997), and Country Houses and Collections: An Anthology (The Attingham Trust, 2002). Her new monograph, The Craftsman and the Critic: Defining Usefulness and Beauty in Arts and Crafts-Era Boston (University of Massachusetts Pres, 2009), received support from the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, the Craft Research Fund, and the Hildegard Streuffert Endowment.
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