Generations of American fine and decorative arts were heavily influenced by the home cultures of immigrant artisans and consumers. Evidence of British, German, French, African, and other trade practices may be discerned in goods produced from Maine to Louisiana. At the same time, America’s distance from the Old World, its access to different materials, and interactions between diverse cultural groups created a fertile environment for innovation in the arts. You are invited to learn more about this dynamic aspect of American material culture at the 69th annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum, Early American Craftsmanship: Influence and Innovation.
The 2017 Forum will gather acclaimed curators, collectors, and scholars from across the United States to share recent findings and insights. Scheduled speakers include June Lucas, director of research at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Kentucky art historian Estill Curtis Pennington, and Lisa Minardi, noted scholar on Pennsylvania-German culture, among others.
In addition to the formal program, Forum guests may register for optional hands-on workshops with the Colonial Williamsburg collections and private tours of historic homes in the region. Addressing a broad range of American decorative arts, this promises to be a memorable Forum. Please plan to join us February 24-28, 2017, for Early American Craftsmanship: Influence and Innovation.
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