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Founded in New York in 1971 as an affiliate of the UK William Morris Society, the William Morris Society in the United States strives to publicize the life and work of William Morris and his associates. We coordinate our activities with our fellow Morris Societies in the UK and Canada, and distribute UK and US Newsletters and a biannual Journal of William Morris Studies.


Call for Applications
- 2020 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship

The William Morris Society in the United States is calling for applications for the 2020 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship. The deadline is December 1, 2019. Applications are judged by committee, and the decision will be announced by
January 15, 2020. Details here

Conferences:

Re-evaluating the Pre-Raphaelites (MLA 2020)

The William Morris Society will sponsor sessions at the Modern Language Association Convention in Seattle, January 9th-12th, 2020. Details here

Announcements:

Call for papers: Symposium on Morris & Co. Interiors [pdf details]
Wednesday 6th November 2019 at the Art Workers’ Guild, London

From Slaveholders to Sanders: A Brief History of the US Democratic Party, for British Readers

American socialist Bill Crane provides a brief history of the Democratic Party from its inception to the present, and asks how revolutionaries might relate to the movement behind presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

A new French translation of Morris's Well at the World's End : William Morris La Source au bout du monde Le grand Roman picaresque de l’âge Victorien. A tribute to the Kelmscott Press edition of 1896 developed, illustrated, composed and printed by William Morris. See full color, 4-page brochure.

Exhibitions:

William Morris and the Bauhaus are coming to London.
The William Morris Gallery is aiming to put on the first ever exhibition to explore Victorian William Morris and the modernist Bauhaus movement. Although working half a century before the Bauhaus opened its doors in 1919, Morris’s ideas about art, craft and community had a profound influence on the seminal German design school. Walter Gropius, its founder, personally acknowledged the debt he owed to “Ruskin and Morris of England”.But there has never been an exhibition exploring this connection.To correct this oversight, London’s William Morris Gallery is now fund raising £15,000 to stage a historic exhibition uniting the pioneering work of Morris and the Bauhaus.

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters
17 October 2019 - 26 January 2020 at the National Portrat Gallery, St Martin's Place, London. This major exhibition is the first-ever to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art. 160 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, including Evelyn de Morgan, Effie Millais (nee Gray), Elizabeth Siddal and Joanna Wells (nee Boyce), an artist whose work has been largely omitted from the history of the movement. The Exhibit Catalog by Jan Marsh and Peter Funnell aims to redress the balance in showing just how engaged and central women were to the endeavour – as the subjects of the images themselves, certainly, but also in their production.

Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement
11 October 2019 - 05 January 2020, Cowden Gallery, San Antonio Texas
An unprecedented selection of paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts—many never shown outside the UK—by three generations of revolutionary British artists and designers.Drawn from the outstanding collection of the city of Birmingham, Victorian Radicals for the first time brings together paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts—many never shown outside the UK—to illuminate this most dynamic period of British art in an exhibition of unparalleled historical and visual richness.

The Rise of Everyday Design at the Harry Ransom Center - A companion volume, edited by exhibition curators Monica Penick and Christopher Long was published by Yale University Press. The exhibit was held at the University of Texas, February-July, 2019 and contained more than 200 items, including books, drawings, furniture, decorative arts objects, photos, and printed material that offered a detailed look at the history of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900
17 February-19 May 2013, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
A version of the Tate Britain exhibition, Fall 2012, with a second display, Pre-Raphaelites and the Book

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Other Events in the US:

Book sale to benefit the William Morris Society in the United States
LIST OF BOOKS BY AND ABOUT WILLIAM MORRIS [pdf]

New Illustrated Edition of News from Nowhere

New Blog by WMS Award Winner: The Morrisian

New Book:

Teaching William Morris
Jason D. Martijnek and Elizabeth Carolyn Miller, eds.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2019. 

William Morris & John Ruskin: A New Road on which the World Should Travel
John Blewitt, ed.
University of Exeter Press, 2019. 

William Morris and the Icelandic Sagas
by Ian Felce
Cambridge: Brewer, 2018. 

History and Poetics in the Early Writings of
William Morris, 1855–1870

by Florence S. Boos
Ohio State University Press

The Broadside
To Build a Shdowy Isle of Bliss: William Morris's Radicalism and the Embodiment of Dreams.
Eds.Michelle Weinroth & Paul Leduc Browne
McGill Queens University Press, 2014

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Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure
by John Plotz
Bunker Hill Publishing, 2014

Time and the Tapestry Cover
The Collected Letters of Jane Morris
Edited by Jan Marsh and Frank Sharp
Boydell and Brewer, 2012

Collected Letters Cover

Morris-related Book:

Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture. Stanford, 2012.

Shadows of Amiens bookcover

 

NEW William Morris Song Book

CD from Britain: For contents and information on how to order, please visit www.farrellfamilyband.co.uk or write farrell.familyband@gmail.com.

Digital Independent Morris-Inspired Press:

The Kelmsgarth Press
First Publication: William Morris: The Blog by Tony Pinkney