Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Eighth Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts

Earlier this month, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia held its eighth Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts. Scholars from across the state, region and nation attended to deliver original research papers devoted to this year's theme: “Folk and Folks: Variations on the Vernacular.” Some of the topics included Georgia stoneware flower vessels; Catawba pottery; English pottery influences in North Georgia; South Carolina fraktur; Moravian influence in Georgia; the story of a southern needlework object whose maker had South African and Virginia associations; a group of Georgia sisters who pursued a 19th-century style of living into modern times; early Athens portraiture; and the depiction of early southern folk craft in the photography of Doris Ulmann. Robert M. Hicklin Jr., proprietor of Charleston Renaissance Gallery, delivered the keynote speech, “The Story of Southern, in Pictures,” in which he described the excitement and headiness of the marketplace in the 1980s and 1990s, when he participated in the discovery of many icons of southern art and craft. 

Keynote speech, held at the Georgia Center at UGA.

Katherine Gross Farnham receiving the Henry D. Green Lifetime
Achievement Award for the Decorative Arts.
Linda N. Beard discussing Belleek porcelain with speaker Joseph Litts.

UGA President Jere Morehead with museum director William U. Eiland at 90 Carlton: Winter,
 the reception following the keynote speech.

To see more photos from the symposium, visit our album on Flickr.

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