Brock Jobe, scholar, curator and educator in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, was named one of two recipients of the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts.

Brock Jobe, scholar, curator and educator in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, was named one of two recipients of the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts.

The award was created in 2012 by the Wunsch Americana Foundation to continue the legacy of collector Martin Wunsch and to encourage greater scholarship and appreciation of American Decorative Arts. Leroy Graves, the conservator of upholstery at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, also was named a recipient.

Winterthur Director David Roselle praised Jobe for "an exceptional career characterized by an unwavering commitment to excellence in collecting, academic affairs, and mentoring."

"Winterthur congratulates Bock Jobe on this impressive award," Roselle said.

Jobe has taught graduate courses in historic interiors, decorative arts and 20th-century design in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture for over a decade and is praised for his "gentlemanly demeanor, generosity of spirit and unbridled enthusiasm for the decorative arts," said Winterthur Director of Museum Affairs Tom Savage.

Jobe was appointed professor of American decorative arts in 2000 after a 28-year career as a museum curator and administrator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Colonial Williamsburg, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities and Winterthur Museum. He co-authored “New England Furniture: The Colonial Era” and was organizer and editor of “Portsmouth Furniture: Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast.” With Gary Sullivan and Jack O’Brien, he co-authored “Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850.”

Between 2010-14, Jobe co-directed the groundbreaking collaborative project, Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, which united 11 institutions in a celebration of Bay State furniture-making. He is currently editing a companion publication with Gerald W.R. Ward and collaborating with Christie Jackson, a former student, and the dealer Clark Pearce on a book on Nathan Lombard, a Massachusetts cabinetmaker.

He is a recipient of the President’s Award from Old Sturbridge Village and the Award of Merit from the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America. Jobe retired from his professorship in May 2015, but retains an office at Winterthur and continues to study, write and lecture about American furniture.

Jobe and Graves will be honored at a reception at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 2017, at Christie’s Rockefeller Center in New York City.