Antiques Dealers Association of America

THE 2018 ADA AWARD OF MERIT DINNER HONORING PETER M. KENNY, Prolific Author on American Furniture, Co-President of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust & 30 Years with The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8:00pm

The Navy Yard @ 11th St & Kittyhawk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19112

The Antiques Dealers' Association of America (ADA) is pleased to named Peter M. Kenny the recipient of its annual Award of Merit for 2018. Kenny is co-president of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, a position he shares with Margize Howell. The scholar will be honored at a dinner hosted by the ADA at the Philadelphia Antiques Show on Friday, April 20. Morrison Heckscher (Curator Emeritus of The American Wing at The Met and past ADA Award of Merit recipient) will be guest speaker.

“Peter Kenny is well known in the American furniture and decorative arts fields for having been with the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 30 years and now as the co-president of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust,” said ADA President Steven Powers, citing Kenny’s record as a published scholar.

“Peter has done a tremendous amount of groundbreaking research. His exhibitions and publications have changed our understanding of American furniture and decorative arts, especially in the Federal and Classical eras. Beyond that, he has been generous with his knowledge,” said ADA Vice President Arthur Liverant.

Kenny joined Classical American Homes Preservation Trust in January 2015. The organization founded and chaired by Richard Hampton Jenrette is devoted to the preservation of Classical residential architecture, period furnishings and landscapes in America, primarily of the early Nineteenth Century. In his present position, Kenny oversees the management and curatorial vision at seven sites in New York City, the Hudson River Valley, North and South Carolina and St Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Kenny retired from the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Ruth Bigelow Wriston curator of American decorative arts and administrator of the American Wing in November 2014. While at the museum, he helped guide the ten-year renovation of the American Wing to its completion in 2012. As part of that project, he oversaw the design and installation of the American Wing’s Classical Galleries, a suite of architecturally sympathetic spaces devoted to American art created in all media between 1810 and 1845. He also oversaw the installation of the New York Dutch Room, drawn from the 1751 Daniel Pieter Winne House near Albany, N.Y.

Major exhibitions organized by the curator include “Honoré Lannuier, Parisian Cabinetmaker in Federal New York” and “Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York.” Prize-winning publications accompanied both shows.

Kenny serves on the boards of Boscobel Restoration in Garrison, N.Y., and the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, Wis.

For more information or questions contact ADA Executive Director, Judith Livingston Loto at 603-942-6498 or email

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Past Award of Merit Recipients:

2002 - Albert Sack

2003 - Elinor Gordon

2004 - Wendell Garrett

2005 - Betty Ring

2006 - R. Scudder Smith

2007 - Satenig St. Marie

2007 - Dean F. Failey

2008 - Joe Kindig

2009 - Philip Zea

2010 - Jane & Richard Nylander

2011 - Morrison H. Heckscher

2012 - The American Folk Art Society

2013 - Peter Tillou

2014 - Brock Jobe

2015 - David McCullough

2016 - Victor & Joan Johnson

2017 - Patricia E. Kane

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