Welcome to the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center website. Today, practitioners and supporters of the arts are working to recover traditional knowledge and formal languages in all disciplines, using this perennial resource to confront the conditions of our own time and place. The result is an emerging body of art that is both beautiful and meaningful.
On this content-rich site you will find painters, sculptors, poets, composers and architects who share a common goal: reconnecting to history and craft. At the same time, they do not ignore the complexities of twenty-first-century life. They celebrate beauty in their representations of the landscape and the human figure, the civility of their buildings, the harmony of their music and the meter of their poetry. Individual sections of this website are edited by artists, educators and poets widely recognized in their respective fields. You will also find gallery listings, recommended reading and links to related organizations and institutions.
The Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center was established in 1990 by The Newington-Cropsey Foundation as an interdisciplinary educational resource for art and ideas. The Center is dedicated to the principle that the arts help shape our world, from our cultural perceptions to the physical experience of our communal space. We recognize that it is imperative that the arts reflect the many voices of the diverse American community. Encouraging artists from all disciplines who are selectively and imaginatively revisiting traditional and classical forms, and exploring the great myths we hope to reunite the artist with society. Beauty, virtue and spirituality are again becoming part of cultural life.
The Center pursues these goals through lectures, conferences, seminars, an annual Award for Excellence in the Arts and a journal, American Arts Quarterly, which is available at no charge to artists, scholars, educators, curators and professionals in related disciplines. The center has published a number of books, including the forthcoming The Mall and the Nation: Rethinking Washington’s Monumental Core, edited by Nathan Glazer and Cynthia Field (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).