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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Ninth Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts

Belonging: Georgia and Region in the National Fabric
(all day)
Location: Classic Center (Foundry Street Building)

The Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts is held every other year. This year's theme is "Belonging: Georgia and Region in the National Fabric." Registration is closed. All events take place at the Classic Center in downtown Athens, in its Foundry Street Building, unless otherwise specified. Shuttles will be provided to the museum from the Classic Center for events held at the museum. The address of the Foundry Street Building is 130 Foundry Street; it is accessible from the ground level of the Classic Center (by walking across Foundry Street) or from the upper level of the Classic Center via a covered walkway and an elevator. Driving directions to the Classic Center are available here.

Schedule is subject to change. In the event of severe weather, the museum will post last-minute updates to times and speakers through its main Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as on

Speakers include:

• Peter M. Kenny, co-president, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, “You Must Not Get Your Furniture Here . . . Get What You Want from N. York in the Spring” (keynote address, free and open to the public)
• Janine E. Skerry, senior curator of metals, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,“A Flood of Evidence? The Search for Vernacular Silver in the Early American South”
• Ashley Callahan, independent scholar, Athens, Georgia, “Craft History at the University of Georgia, Becoming Part of a National Narrative”
• Mel Stewart Hankla, founder/CEO of American Historic Services, Hitchins, Kentucky, “The American Longrifle, An Unlikely Canvas”
• Jenny Garwood, curatorial associate, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, “Following the Ten Commandments: The Tablet Samplers of Sarah Jones and Mary Smallwood”
• a roundtable discussion: History, Context and Restoration of the Floyd Family Arm Chair, with Beth and Fred Mercier, independent scholars and owners of the General Floyd House, Saint Marys, Georgia; Dale Couch, curator of decorative arts, Georgia Museum of Art; and Martin O’Brien, conservator in private practice/ independent artisan, Winston- Salem, North Carolina
• Katherine C. Hughes, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Intern, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, “A Vessel of Memory: Thomas Chandler’s Eastern Shore Landscape”
• Luke Zipp, independent scholar, Sparks Glencoe, Maryland, “Imitation and Innovation: Understanding Savannah River Valley Pottery within the Context of Other Antebellum Southern Stoneware Styles”
• Alexandra Kirtley, Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, “‘great and extended Traffique and commerce’: Philaelphia’s Southern Trade in Pursuit of Porcelain”
• Susan Arden-Joly, chair of the Preservation Committee, Green-Meldrim House, Savannah, Georgia, “From Civil War Savannah to Jazz Age Paris: The Discovery and Return of the Green Family Collection”
• Tania June Sammons, independent scholar, Savannah, Georgia, “Coastal Connections: Savannah and New York in the 19th Century”
• Laquita Thomson, associate professor of fine arts, Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee, “Nathan Negus: Itinerant Painter in Georgia”
• E. Lee Eltzroth, independent scholar, Georgia Photographers Documentation Project, “A Pennsylvanian in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, 1834–1846: John H. Mifflin: Artist, Poet, Daguerreotypist, Entrepreneur”
• Asen Kirin, professor of art history Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, “The American South and the Imperial Court of Saint Petersburg”
• Ralph Harvard, independent scholar, New York City, “From the Old Dominion to the Georgia Line: Simulacrums of Tidewater Grandeur”

Lead sponsor: Forward Arts Foundation.

Keynote lecture sponsor: Georgia Humanities.

Other sponsors: Buddy and Lucy Allen, Drs. Larry H. Beard and Linda N. Beard, LaTrelle Brewster, Brunk Auctions, Dave and Devereux Burch, Mr. and Mrs. William S. Burdell, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William S. Burdell III, Betsey and Ricky Chastain, Linda and David Chesnut, Beverley A. and Jeffrey S. Evans, Deanne Deavours and Sally Hawkins, Judith Ellis, Epting Events, Sylvia M. Gibson, Kathryn and Henry Green, Mary Ann Griffin, Hedgerow Farm, Fran G. Hilsman, Gregory and Jennifer Holcomb, Christopher Howard and Carey Pickard, Julie G. Jenkins, John F. and Marilyn M. McMullan, Ibby and Jimmy Mills, Jackie and Tony Montag, Marian and Carl Mullis, Anne and Bill Newton, Billy K. Poole, Letitia and Rowland Radford, Jane Royal (Madison Markets), Mr. and Mrs. Tim Satterfield, the Silver Vault of Charleston and the Brass and Silver Workshop, T. Marion Slaton, Claire and Boone Smith, Margie Spalding, William Dunn Wansley and Professor and Mrs. John C. Waters.

For the full registration brochure, click here.