2020

TENNESSEE DECORATIVE ARTS SYMPOSIUM

Belmont Mansion

APRIL 17-18TH 2020

Postponed

Regretfully, due to coronavirus the

Tennessee Decorative Arts Symposium has been postponed.

We will announce a new date as soon as we are able. 

Opening Reception 

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. 

Symposium Lectures

Belmont University

Leu Center for the Visual Arts

Saturday April 18, 2020

9 am - 4 pm

Includes luncheon served in

the Grand Salon of Belmont Mansion 

Registration

Reservations required.*

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.

Special Exhibits

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.   

Adults: $125

Students: $40

Adults $100

Students $30

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Symposium Map 

Belmont Mansion & the Leu Gallery at Belmont University,

Corner of Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue

WEDDINGS & RENTALS

Visit BelmontMansionEvents.com to review our Event, Wedding and Elopement options. 

All previews and meetings regarding weddings or other rental events are available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or inquire

about an event,  please contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals after reviewing the website. 

GPS ADDRESS

Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212

MAILING ADDRESS

1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212

615-460-5459

Photos by Ed Houk

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