Professor of American Decorative Arts
Winterthur, Delaware 19735
Brock Jobe teaches graduate courses in historic interiors, American decorative arts, and twentieth-century design. He assumed his current position in October 2000 after a twenty-eight-year career as a museum curator and administrator. His previous posts included those of research assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, curator of exhibition buildings at Colonial Williamsburg, chief curator at the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), and deputy director for collections, conservation, and interpretation at Winterthur. In his present role, he mentors students in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, advises theses, teaches, leads field trips, and helps place students after graduation. He is also a frequent lecturer at museums, antiques shows, and collectors' clubs throughout the country.
His fields of interest are early American furniture and upholstery and domestic interiors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is the co-author of New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984), winner of the Montgomery Award of the Decorative Arts Society, and organized and edited Portsmouth Furniture: Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast (Boston: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, 1993). He also edited and contributed essays to Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century (Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1974) and New England Furniture: Essays in Memory of Benno M. Forman (Boston: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, 1987). In 2009 he completed the catalogue and traveling exhibition "Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850" and is presently helping to plan a conference and publication on Boston furniture, 1630-1830.