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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Colonial Williamsburg to Hold Antiques Forum

Card Table, Charleston, South Carolina, 1805-1815, Museum Purchase (Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG — Colonial Williamsburg (CW) Foundation is set to hold its 74th annual Antiques Forum late this winter.

From Feb. 25-March 1, 2022, the forum will explore a theme of ‘Virtue & Vice’ throughout its in-person and online session. Ceramics, furniture, metals, paintings, prints and more from the 18th and 19th centuries will be used to discuss the societal evolution of ethics.

According to a release from CW, the following presenters will be highlighted:

  • Returning guest-speaker Mike Rendell on the virtue and vice of the Georgian Court in the private and public sector.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Associate Curator Wolf Burchard exploring the Georgian monarchy between enlightenment and empire.
  • The BBC’s Antique Roadshow’s Lars Tharp combining his expertise on ceramics with an exploration of William Hogarth’s famous depictions of prostitutes and ne’er-do-wells.
  • Leslie B. Grigsby, senior curator of ceramics and glass at Winterthur, on ceramics and glass made for pure enjoyment.
  • Lea Lane, curator of collections for Preservation Virginiaon carved tobacco pipes.
  • University of Delaware and the Smithsonian Institute’s Ken Cohen on billiards and early American democracy. 
  • Speed Museum curator Scott Erbes on English manufacturer Matthew Boulton and American silversmith Asa Blanchard.
  • Tyson Distinguished Scholar of the Crystal Bridges Museum Carrie Barratt analyzing virtue, vice and solace in American art.
  • Independent curator William Sargent on Chinese export art.
  • Scott Stephenson, president and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, on espionage and powder horns.
  • Bly Straube, senior curator of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, examining Catholic iconography from the early English settlement of Jamestown.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Arts curator David Barquist on silver and religion in the Americas.

Director of the South Union Shaker Village, Tommy Hines, exploring the relationship between protestant religious groups and the wine and whiskey industry.Sessions featuring Colonial Williamsburg staff include:

  • Curator of furniture Tara Chicirda on gaming tables of the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Katie McKinney, the Margaret Beck Pritchard Associate Curator of Maps & Prints, on Macaroni prints.
  • Senior curator of textiles, Kim Ivey on schoolgirl samplers.
  • Amanda Kellermanager, historic interiors and associate curator, household accessories, and Dani Jaworski, manager, architectural collections, with updates on new Art Museums exhibitions.
  • Carlisle H. Humelsine chief curator and vice president for museums, preservation, and historic resources Ronald L. Hurst with an update on recent additions to the Colonial Williamsburg collections. 

For those wishing to register to attend the event in-person, the cost is $650 per person for the general public and $485 for museum professionals and students. This includes access to a continental breakfast, lectures, coffee breaks, evening receptions, and a conference dinner.

For those wishing to register for the virtual-only option, the cost is $175 per person and includes online access to the lectures through the conference streaming platform.

Both registrations come with a 7-day ticket voucher for Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums and Historic Area, valid through Dec. 31, 2022.

Registration and payment in full are due by Feb. 5, 2022.

The release notes that a limited number of virtual and in-person conference scholarships are available to students and emerging museum professionals with an application deadline of Dec. 20. In-person registrants can also register for optional pre- and post-conference activities including bus trips, walking tours, and workshops with a registration deadline of Feb. 5. Special room rates at Colonial Williamsburg hotels are available for in-person conference registrants. All registrants will have access to the main conference lectures via the streaming platform through April 1, 2022. 

For registration and additional information visit, call 1-800-603-0948 toll-free, or email Follow Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook  and @colonialwmsburg on Twitter and Instagram.

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