Symposia & Lectures
Fall Symposium
The annual daylong Fall Symposium examines aspects of early American folk art, with scholars, conservators, collectors, dealers, and experts from the marketplace presenting new research, issues of connoisseurship, and individual perspective. Organized by Lee Kogan and cosponsored by the American Folk Art Society.
Focus on Women in Art November 13, 2010
Weaving as an Art Form Practiced by Women in Ancient Greece, by Kim J. Hartswick, PhD • Renaissance Women as Art Patrons, by Maria Ann Conelli, PhD • Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands, by Stacy C. Hollander • The Art of Ruth Henshaw Bascom, by Lois S. Avigad • Tour of “Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum” with exhibition curator Elizabeth V. Warren • Orra White Hitchcock: An Illustrated Life, by Daria D’Arienzo • Lost Art of Women’s Painted Furniture Found, by Betsy Krieg Salm • Panel Discussion with Bill Gemmill, Jane Kallir, Tracy Whitehead moderated by Jeffrey H. Pressman
Focus on Landscapes, Seascapes, Village Views, and More November 14, 2009
Thomas Chambers, by Kathleen A. Foster • Marine Artists: New Discoveries, by Anthony Peluso • The Erie Canal and the Making of an American Folk Art, by Paul D’Ambrosio • The Folk Art of Shaker Village Views, by Robert P. Emlen • Exhibition tours by Stacy C. Hollander • Conservation Issues in Landscapes and Marine Art, by Simon Parkes • Panel Discussion with Mike and Lucy Danziger, Martha Hamilton, and Ralph Katz, moderated by Jeff Pressman
Focus on Textiles November 15, 2008
Connoisseurship in Collecting Samplers and Silk Embroideries, by Amy Finkel • New York Samplers, by Amelia Peck • Glorious American Quilts: The Next Chapter, by Elizabeth V. Warren • Stenciled Bedcovers in the Early 19th Century, by Lynne Bassett • Textiles in “Folk Art Revealed,” by Stacy C. Hollander • Hooked and Hand-Sewn Rugs of Southeastern Pennsylvania, by Patricia T. Herr • Quilt Conservation and Restoration Issues, by Gina Bianco • Panel Discussion with Joanna S. Rose, Stella Rubin, and Irwin Warren, moderated by Jeff Pressman
Works on Paper November 10, 2007
Shaker Gift Drawings, 1839–1859, by Gerard C. Wertkin •  Winterthur’s Fraktur Collection, by Lisa Minardi • Calligraphy and the American Schoolgirl, by Davida Deutsch • Portraits on Paper from the Jane Katcher Collection, by Robin Jaffee Frank • Jewish Papercuts, by Stacy C. Hollander • Micah Williams, by Bernadette Rogoff • Curatorial Care and Conservation of Works on Paper, by C.R. Jones • Panel Discussion with Joan R. Brownstein, Ralph O. Esmerian, and Margot Rosenberg, moderated by Jeff Pressman
Wood, Metal, and Stone November 11, 2006
Museum Quality?!, by Stacy C. Hollander • The Shipcarvers’ Art: Wooden Sculpture in 19th-Century America, by Ralph Sessions • Beyond Necessity: Art in Iron, by Donald L. Fennimore • The Synagogue and the Carousel: Jewish Carving Traditions, by Murray Zimiles • Conservation Issues for Metals in Exterior Environments, by Richard D. Pieper • Community Aesthetics in Gravestone Carving, by Cheryl Rivers • Weathervanes: Panel Discussion with Allan Daniel, Nancy Druckman, Tim Hill, Allan Katz, and Frank Maresca, moderated by Jeff Pressman
Furniture November 12, 2005
Paint Conservation, by Peter Deen • Surface Attraction, by Stacy C. Hollander • Pennsylvania German Painted Furniture, by Charles Hummel • Southern Painted Furniture, by Sumpter Priddy • Landscapes on Painted Furniture, by Cynthia V.A. Schaffner • New England Painted Furniture, by Elliot Snyder • Ornamental Paint Demonstration, by Rubens Teles • Maine Painted Furniture, by Dean Van Dusen • Building an Americana Collection: Panel Discussion with Ronald Bourgeault, Samuel Herrup, and Joan M. Johnson, moderated by Jeff Pressman
Portraits October 23, 2004
Choosing the Best Folk Portrait, by Stephen Score • The Creativity of the Folk Artists, by Suzanne Rudnick Payne • John Brewster, by Paul S. D’Ambrosio • A Question of Quality, by Elizabeth V. Warren •  Prior, Hamblin, or Hartwell? by Stacy C. Hollander • The Charm of Watercolors, by Ralph O. Esmerian • Using Clothing to Date Folk Portraits, by Margaret Spicer • Oil Painting Conservation: Less Can Be More, by Michael Heslip • Finding, Buying, Collecting, and Paying for Folk Portraits: Panel Discussion with Patrick Bell, Dave Krashes, Stephen Fletcher, Ralph O. Esmerian, and Gerard C. Wertkin