This year, I submit my application for tenure at Hope College. As I consider the next phase of my career, I am planning a multi-year project that will sustain my long-term scholarly interests. My dissertation was exclusively on the city of Auxerre, France and its architectural monuments. I am now ready to pursue an entirely new direction outside the area of architecture. My new project will study the staging and decoration of altars and their role in the liturgical rites of the medieval Church. The basis of my investigation is the refocused importance on the altar in light of reforms following the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. My short-term goals for a GLCA New Directions Initiative are three-fold: first, to spend six weeks in the summer 2013 immersing myself in the bibliographic fields of altars and medieval art history. Second, I will use this time to plan the framework for a book-length project and identify potential case studies and themes. Third, during the summer and into my sabbatical of the fall of 2013, I will read the literature on the first case study I have identified: a small group of embroidered altar antependia (cloths meant to hang over the front of the altar). I will also travel to Austria and the Czech Republic for two weeks in October to examine in person these embroideries and corresponding archival resources. The following proposal asks the GLCA New Directions Initiative to support reading and study time in the summer and travel in October.