Arts Society & Culture

‘Charleston Silver Lady’ to present at Georgia Museum of Art

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This Tiffany bowl is from "Charleston Silver Lady" Dawn Corley's collection.

Athens, Ga. – The Collectors of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present Dawn Corley, “the Charleston Silver Lady,” on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in the museum’s M. Smith Griffith Auditorium. Corley will give a special presentation about her extensive collection of silver.

A descendent of one of Charleston’s colonial silversmiths, Corley has spent a lifetime collecting and gathering silver from South Carolina. Her particular focus is on Charleston and the 18th and 19th centuries.

A sought-after lecturer, Corley has given presentations to U.S. presidents, the Pentagon, the Family Circle Cup and hundreds of other groups. She has been featured in such magazines as Southern Lady, National Geographic, Veranda and South Carolina Home and Garden. She has also been featured on local and national television, including HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk,” on subjects related to her antiques.

Corley’s collection contains more than 5,000 historic objects, each with a link to a low country family or plantation. A portion of her collection was featured in an exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum. The exhibit was extended twice due to popularity.

A former fellow with the Charleston Antiques School and an expert in fine jewelry, Corley appraised the jewelry found in the H.L. Hunley, a Civil War submarine, after it was raised from the Charleston harbor. Her findings were published in Blue Light Magazine.

The Collectors, a GMOA membership that is a level higher than Friends, includes exclusive invitations to events focused on collecting art, educational articles related to collecting and special travel opportunities related to art. The Collectors help the museum raise money to continue adding to its extensive collection.

The lecture is $25 for Collectors, $30 for Friends, $35 for non-members and free for UGA students who RSVP. For more information and reservations, call 706/542-4662.

Museum information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located at 90 Carlton Street in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. For more information, including hours, see or call 706/542-4662.