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.
January 6-9, 2022
The International Morris:
The Morris Circle and the World Morris and Continental Socialists
Frank Sharp, NYC
Morris, Ruskin, and Early Twentieth-Century Socialism in China
Nan Chang, Fudan University
Moncure Conway Goes East Margaret Stetz, University of Delaware
Flora-graphic Empire: Illustrated Flower Hybrids and England’s Empire
Emily Cadger, University of British Columbia
We have also submitted a proposal for a non-guaranteed session on The Pre-Raphaelites and Print Culture, co-sponsored with SHARP, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing.
Further information on MLA sessions should be forthcoming by July.
Call for Session Proposals! The William Morris Society in the US (WMS-US) invites proposals for its upcoming session at the CAA 2022 conference, which is scheduled to be held February 16-19 in Chicago.
The WMS-US is interested in hosting a session which relates to broad Morrisian ideas and the Arts & Crafts movement, but topics may span across all artistic periods and forms of art. Themes that are interdisciplinary, international, and include a variety of artistic media are encouraged..
Those who would like to chair or co-chair this panel are invited to submit a proposed title for the session, a 250-word abstract, and a short CV. Please be aware that if the proposal is selected, the chair or co-chairs will be required to be members in good standing of CAA. The chair or co-chairs will have the responsibility of selecting panel contributors and coordinating the presentations for the conference. As a sponsor of the panel, the WMS-US will work with the chair or co-chairs to advertise for the panel through its newsletter, social media, and CAA’s open call for papers..
The proposals will be reviewed by a committee of WMS-US board members. Submissions should be sent to Monica Bowen: firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals are due by April 19, 2021. The selected proposal will be announced by April 23rd. This way, proposals which are not selected may be sent directly to CAA, which has a session proposal deadline of April 30th.
The Pre-Raphaelites and Print Culture
300-word proposals are invited for a co-sponsored session by the William Morris Society and the Society for the History of Readers, Authors and Publishers on the Pre-Raphaelites and late nineteenth century print culture. Topics addressed might include, but are not limited to, book design, the Kelmscott Press, book and periodical illustration, and transatlantic influences. Please send a c. v. and proposals by March 20th, 2021 to Florence Boos, email@example.com and Lise Jaillant, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Morris: The Morris Circle and the World
1 page proposals are sought for papers on the interrelationships between William Morris, members of the Morris circle, and other late nineteenth-century British artists and writers and their international counterparts. Please send c. v. and proposals by March 20, 2021 to Florence Boos, email@example.com.
Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship
The 2021 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship has been awarded to Jade Hoyer, Assistant Professor of Art at Metropolitan State University in Denver. In addition, we have awarded two William Morris Society Fellowships: to Jennifer Rabedeau, a Ph.D. student in English at Cornell University, for research for her dissertation, “Medieval Afterlives: Ornament and Empire in Victorian Britain,” which will explore the relationship between Morris’s designs and medieval manuscripts; and to Jeff Kasper of the University of Massachusetts and Sben Korsh of the University of Michigan for “Design Activism Workshop on William Morris,” a curriculum for a studio art course to be taught at University of Massachusetts. Details (PDF)
International Kelmscott Press Day, June 26th, 2021
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.
William Morris Society in the United States
Statement in support of Black Lives Matter
‘I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.’
–William Morris, ‘The Lesser Arts’, 1882
‘Times of change, disruption, and revolution are naturally times of hope also.’
–William Morris, ‘The Hopes of Civilization’, 1888
As a Society bearing the name of William Morris, who worked tirelessly to create a more just and beautiful world, we acknowledge our responsibility to fight against racial injustice. We pledge to examine our policies and programming to explore how they could better honor William Morris’s legacy. We will work to increase the diversity of our membership and of our governing committee. The William Morris Society in the United States believes Black Lives Matter.
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.
Book sale to benefit the William Morris Society in the United States
LIST OF BOOKS BY AND ABOUT WILLIAM MORRIS [pdf]
New Blog by WMS Award Winner: The Morrisian
Teaching William Morris
William Morris & John Ruskin: A New Road on which the World Should Travel
William Morris and the Icelandic Sagas
History and Poetics in the Early Writings of
|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
|Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure
by John Plotz
Bunker Hill Publishing, 2014
|The Collected Letters of Jane Morris
Edited by Jan Marsh and Frank Sharp
Boydell and Brewer, 2012
Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture. Stanford, 2012.
NEW William Morris Song Book
Digital Independent Morris-Inspired Press:
The Kelmsgarth Press
First Publication: William Morris: The Blog by Tony Pinkney