TENNESSEE DECORATIVE ARTS SYMPOSIUM
APRIL 17-18TH 2020
Regretfully, due to coronavirus the
Tennessee Decorative Arts Symposium has been postponed.
We will announce a new date as soon as we are able.
The Home of Dana Blickwedel and Jim Hoobler
Friday, April 17, 2020
5:30 - 7:30pm
Wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served in
this craftsman bungalow which features an
outstanding collection of fine crafts from the South.
Leu Center for the Visual Arts
Saturday April 18, 2020
9 am - 4 pm
Includes luncheon served in
the Grand Salon of Belmont Mansion
Deadline is April 3, 2019
Register here or by phone 615-460-5459
*Reservation costs include processing fee
Symposium Topics and Guest Presenters
PORTRAIT MINIATURES: THE BIG DEAL ABOUT LITTLE PICTURES
Truman B. Crisler, Owner, Truman B Crisler Fine Portrait Miniatures, LLC; and
Sarah Campbell Drury, Vice President of Fine and Decorative Arts, Case Antiques Inc.
Long before smartphones, portrait miniatures offered a way for early Tennesseans to keep images of their loved ones close at hand. This lecture will provide a look at the history and techniques involved in painting miniature portraits, along with the artists who practiced it in Tennessee during the 19th century and their patrons. This presentation will also explore the proper care and keeping of these delicate treasures.
UNCOVERING A FORGOTTEN KNOCH & SCHLEICHER FRESCO
Grace Abernethy, Director of Preservation, Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation, and Independent Historic Paint Finishes Contractor
Theodore Knoch and John Schleicher strategically used German-American and Masonic networks to become 19th century Nashville’s premier fresco painters. Ms. Abernethy has researched the lives, careers, and partnership of these two influential German-Americans and will unveil the recent discovery of a Knoch & Schleicher fresco at the Franklin Masonic Hall.
ADELICIA'S SARTORIAL BIOGRAPHY: UNDERSTANDING THE WOMAN THROUGH HER PORTRAITS AND A SURVIVING DRESS
Karin Bohleke, Director, Fashion Archives & Museum of Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Through the analysis of portraits and photographs of the mistress of Belmont, Dr. Bohleke will discuss Adelicia’s self-representation through dress within the context of the fashions of the day. As the conservator of Adelicia’s surviving silk day dress, Dr. Bohleke will also show what close “sleuthing at the seams” reveals about the woman who wore it.
EARLY TENNESSEE MAPS AS DOCUMENTS AND AS EVIDENCE
Charles A. Sherrill, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist, Tennessee State Library and Archives; and Zachary Keith, Archival Assistant, Tennessee State Library and Archives
Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring to maps.
The Tennessee Library & Archives has the largest and most significant collection of historical maps in the state available for public use and is actively digitizing those records to increase their accessibility. This session will address the value of these maps but also how to work with and understand historic mapping practices.
Top left image: Plot of rebel fortifications made 1861 at Mill Springs Ky. encamped by Felix K. Zollicoffer Brig. Gen.
Comdg. C.S. Vol., courtesy of Tennessee State Library and Archives. Top right image: Central Parlor, Belmont Mansion, restored ceiling fresco; middle image: Acklen dress; bottom image: Dodge portrait of Joseph Hayes Acklen; courtesy of Belmont Mansion Association.
19th CENTURY AMERICAN & EUROPEAN PORTRAIT MINIATURES On display this weekend only will be miniatures from a private collection and the 1852 John W. Dodge portrait of Joseph Hayes Acklen, son Joseph and Adelicia Acklen.
'ADELICIA STYLE': THE DRESS & JEWELRY OF A 19TH CENTURY FASHIONISTA
A rare find came to Belmont Mansion last year, an original day dress descended from Adelicia Acklen. During the Symposium this 1870s English silk day dress will be on display for the first time following professional conservation and restoration work along with items from Adelicia's jewelry collection.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Belmont Mansion & the Leu Gallery at Belmont University,
Corner of Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue