Aside from authoring books, organizing and cataloging exhibits, running museums and teaching new generations the intricacies of American Decorative Arts, Winterthur professor Brock Jobe is now also an Antiques Dealers Association award winner.
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library announced that one of its own has been recognized by the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America, Inc., with the “Award of Merit.” Only 14 recipients have ever been honored with the award in ADA’s 30-year history.
The award was presented late last month to Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. It recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of American art, decorative arts and the business of buying and selling antiques.
“He is encouraging, inclusive, and supportive of younger scholars,” said ADA President Judith Livingston Loto, who is also a former America Material Culture student. “I doubt that he knows how many people he has inspired, but he is a leader.”
A graduate of the program he now teaches in, Jobe earned his master’s degree before moving on to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
He has also served as Curator of Exhibition Buildings at Colonial Williamsburg and as Chief Curator at the Society for the Preservation of New England ,where he organized the landmark exhibition “Portsmouth Furniture” while also overseeing the publication of its catalogue. He returned to Winterthur to become Deputy Director of Collections, Conservation, and Interpretation before assuming the position of Professor of American Decorative Arts in 2000, which he continues today.
“For me, the joy of my work centers on the people I’ve met,” said Jobe, “people who are passionate about objects and love to share that passion."
Over his career, Jobe’s signature enthusiasm for scholarship, attention to detail and helping those seeking to learn have earned him a broad following that includes former students who now hold leading positions in museums and galleries in the United States and around the world.
“Brock Jobe’s accomplishments and contributions to the fields of American art, decorative arts and the commerce of antiques have distinguished him as an exceptional leader,” said Dr. David P. Roselle, Director of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. “Winterthur is proud of his lifetime of achievement and we congratulate him on this important honor.”
Gregory Landrey, the Dwight and Lori Lanmon Director of Academic Affairs at Winterthur, also sings his praises for inspiring generations of students.
“Jobe’s passion for learning and mentoring distinguish him as an exemplary professional among his colleagues, students, and former students,” said Landrey. “He is admired not only for the intellectual rigor he brings to the process but also for his generous and compassionate heart. Everyone has a story of how Brock Jobe made a difference in their lives.”
The award winner’s accomplishments include co-authoring “New England Furniture: The Colonial Era” with Myrna Kaye. He also oversaw the major publications “Portsmouth Furniture: Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast” and “Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850.” He organized a major exhibition for “Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850” as well as for “A Lasting Legacy: Sixty Years of Winterthur Graduate Programs.”
Most recently, Jobe played an instrumental role in “Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture,” a collaborative effort among 11 institutions, which continues to roll out exhibitions, symposiums, lecture programs, digital resources, and website entries.
A native of Winchester, Virginia, Jobe is an alumnus of Wake Forest University.