UGA’s GMOA to host fifth Henry D. Green Symposium

UGA's Georgia Museum of Art to host fifth Henry D. Green Symposium

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art will host the fifth Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, “Neighboring Voices: The Decorative Culture of Our Southern Cousins,” Jan. 29-30 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.
The symposium will bring together representatives from neighboring states to discuss their own research, collections and decorative-arts history. Topics to be discussed at the symposium include the discovery of Georgia’s early decorative arts, the paint-decorated furniture of Piedmont North Carolina, the influence of Georgia potters on Alabama pottery, the profile of a southern antebellum silversmith, German toys in American childhood, French porcelain in the antebellum South and early Georgians’ migration to Alabama.Featured speakers at this year’s symposium are Mary Audrey Apple, Joey J. Brackner, Daniel Brooks, Charlotte Crabtree, Robert Doares, Robert A. Leath and June Lucas.

The symposium will kick off with a tour of five historic houses in Athens followed by a reception and speech by Robert A. Leath on the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the discovery of Georgia’s early decorative arts. This speech is sponsored in part by the Georgia Humanities Council and will be free and open to the public.

The biennial symposia series is named in honor of the late Henry D. Green, an early and distinguished proponent of the study of Georgia’s decorative arts. He is known as a pioneer in the movement to recognize the state’s rich legacy in the decorative arts.

Seating is limited and advance registration by mail or online is required. The registration deadline is Jan.15, and spaces will be filled in the order in which registrations are received. The registration form can be accessed at www.uga.edu/gamuseum/calendar/green_symposium.html.

The activity fee is $125 and includes the Friday afternoon bus tour of five historic houses and refreshments, a Friday evening buffet prior to the keynote lecture Friday evening, Saturday symposium admission and Saturday buffet lunch. The symposium fee sans activities is $35, or $15 for students, and includes Saturday symposium admission.

The Henry D. Green Symposium is sponsored by Larry H. and Linda N. Beard; LaTrelle Brewster; Robert S. Brunk Auction Services; Ed and Phoebe Forio; the family of William and Florence Griffin; John F. and Marilyn M. McMullan; Malcolm and Ann Perry; Rowland and Letitia Radford; and by William Dunn Wansley, whose gift is made in memory of Louise Dunn Gibson Wansley. The keynote lecture is made possible in part by support from the Georgia Humanities Council and by the UGA Center for Continuing Education. Additional support is provided by Hawthorne House Interiors and Antiques and Epting Events.

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 Arch Foundation and the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602. The museum’s galleries and shop are now closed for construction of the museum’s expansion. Events and programming are continuing while the museum is under construction as part of “GMOA on the Move,” a series of off-site events and exhibitions. For more information and event times and locations or to shop GMOA online, see www.uga.edu/gamuseum or call 706/542-4662.