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February Issue 2005

College of Charleston Offers Annual Antiques Symposium & Show at Charleston & Kiawah

The 2005 Charleston Antiques Week opens with the start of the Charleston Antiques Symposium program, Life in Early America, and concludes with the Charleston International Antiques Show featuring 32 prominent dealers. The Charleston Antiques Symposium will be held Mar. 12-16, 2005. Lectures and receptions will take place on the College of Charleston campus, in landmark venues and private homes in Charleston, SC. Events on the closing day of the Symposium will be held on Kiawah Island, SC.

Antiques Week brings together the study of decorative arts by leading scholars with a vetted selection of antiques offered for sale in one of America's most historic cities. The Charleston Antiques Symposium, now in its eighth year, benefits the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston. The Charleston International Antiques Show is a benefit for Historic Charleston Foundation.

Sessions on the 2005 Symposium schedule include Show and Splendour: Neoclassical Style in the Carolina Lowcountry by Robert A. Leath, Colonial Williamsburg's Curator of Historic Interiors, and Craftsman's Choices, and the Artifact's Chances (of Survival) by Don Williams, Senior Furniture Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Materials Research and Education. Independent Curator Page Talbott is developing a major exhibition that will focus on Benjamin Franklin, and she will present new research in her lecture entitled, Benjamin Franklin at Home. The lecture will use key documents as a window into Franklin's material culture, relating existing artifacts to the documentary evidence and focusing on furnishings acquired in Philadelphia, London and Paris.

Other decorative arts experts on the 2005 Symposium roster of speakers include Sotheby's Institute of Art Director J. Thomas Savage; Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Curator of Prints, Maps, and Wallpaper Margaret Beck Pritchard; Winterthur Museum's Senior Curator of Furniture Wendy Cooper; and Betsy Garrett, Vice President, Collections and Interpretation at Strawbery Banke Museum.

This year's Life in Early America program features two special events. A Day on the Cooper River, a boat tour exploring plantations and churches from the waterway, will be led by historic architecture scholar John Meffert, and a tour of the Miles Brewton House, one of the nation's premier private homes, will be
conducted by independent scholar and homeowner Patricia Manigault.

American Express Company, with local partnership from American Express Financial Advisors, is proud to be the Title Sponsor of the 2005 Charleston Antiques Symposium. All proceeds benefit the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston, while Symposium internships provide the Arts Management students with practical experience in event planning and management.

Event packages for the 2005 Charleston Antiques Symposium are now on sale. Admission to individual sessions is also available at a range of rates. To purchase admission or for further information about the Symposium, contact Chris Nelson at 843/953-6315 or e-mail at (nelsonc@cofc.edu). Additional information is available online at (www.cofc.edu/sota/symposium/2005).

Following the Charleston Antiques Symposium, the Charleston International Antiques Show will open Mar. 18 and continue through Mar. 21, with a Preview Party on Mar. 17, 2005.

For information on the Antiques Show, telephone Historic Charleston Foundation at 843/720-1181 or visit (www.cias2005.com).

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