Title: Senior Research Associate, Emeritus Director
Company: Fuller Craft Museum
Location: Westwood, Massachusetts, United States
Jonathan Fairbanks, Senior Research Associate and Emeritus Director of the Fuller Craft Museum, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Prior to his professional pursuits, Mr. Fairbanks graduated with a BFA from the University of Utah in 1953. He subsequently served in the U.S. Navy with the commander cruiser division 4 in the Atlantic fleet until 1955, receiving an honorable discharge. Upon returning to his education, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1956 to 1957, and earned an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1961, Mr. Fairbanks concluded his education at the University of Delaware with a Master of Arts.
Mr. Fairbanks began his career at the Winterthur Museum, where he rose from the rank of a curatorial assistant to associate curator during his decade with the institution. Upon his departure, he became the founder of the department of American decorative arts and sculpture with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, where he went on to work from 1971 until 1999. Additionally, Mr. Fairbanks co-founded the American Prints Conferences in 1970, since 1991 he has worked as the vice president of Antiques America Inc., and since 2005 he has held the post as the vice president of research at Artifact, now Invaluable, since 2005. After working as the director of the Fuller Craft Museum from 2014 to 2018, he has held the designations of a senior research associate and an emeritus director.
In addition to his primary pursuits, Mr. Fairbanks has found success through his creative works, curating exhibitions, exhibiting paintings, executing murals and co-authoring “American Furniture 1620 to the Present.” As a historical researcher, writer and lecturer, he is also an avid painter of portraits, still life and murals. He has maintained affiliation with numerous organizations in relation to his areas of expertise, including as a fellow of the Pilgrim Society, the American Institute of Conservation and the American Crafts Council. Mr. Fairbanks is the past vice president of the Victorian Society of America and has further been associated with the Society of Architectural Historians, the National Trust for Historical Preservation, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Historical Society, among others.
Mr. Fairbanks was a Winterthur Fellow from 1959 to 1961, and received a Robert H. Lord Award for Excellence in Historical Studies at Emmanuel College in 1983, as well as an award of distinction from the Furniture Society in 2003. As a member of the committee for the preservation of the White House during President Bill Clinton’s term, he also received a Luminary Award from the Fuller Craft Museum in 2009 and the Iris Award from the Bard College Foundation in 2006. As a further testament to his success and experience, Mr. Fairbanks has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World. In the coming years, he plans to be enjoying his retirement and still painting.
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