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The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum in Association with the Gibbes Museum of Art Announces 2009 Program

Single Tickets Now on Sale

(February 24, 2009 - Charleston, SC)– Single tickets are now on sale for The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum being held Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 22, 2009. “Sales of ticket packages are 12% ahead of this time last year, so we anticipate another sell-out program,” according to Forum Chair Jean Y. Helms. Last year’s Forum attracted participants from 22 states and 3 foreign countries. Now in its twelfth year, the nationally acclaimed Charleston Art & Antiques Forum benefits education programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

A major component of Charleston’s celebrated “Antiques Week,” the 2009 Forum will examine urban and rural America before 1860 through its material culture in a program entitled Town and Country: Life in Early America. “This year’s theme allows us to extend our programming and build upon our mission,” said Angela Mack, Gibbes Executive Director and Chief Curator. Leading scholars will illuminate architecture, furniture, paintings, silver and ceramics through a series of lectures and tours.

The 2009 Keynote Address, co-sponsored by The Royal Oak Foundation, opens the Forum on March 18. James Hervey-Bathurst, President of Britain’s Historic Houses Association and Vice President of the Union of European Historic Houses, has been invited to speak. Recognizing that historic houses are an integral part of a nation’s cultural heritage, he works tirelessly to assist private owners in maintaining their historic properties, whether in the city or country. Mr. Hervey-Bathurst will provide a personal perspective with an ancestral home built in the early 1800s in his lecture, The Restoration and Redecoration of Eastnor Castle, a Regency Mansion on the Welch Borders.

Wendell Garrett, Editor at Large of The Magazine Antiques, writes “The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum stages the best fine and decorative arts program in the country today.” A highlight of the 2009 program promises to be the afternoon of discovery “on-site” with curators at Drayton Hall, one of America’s most important country houses. This year’s schedule also includes lectures by experts from major museums, historic properties and private collections; beautiful receptions in landmark buildings; and four optional tours. Single ticket prices range from $25 for walking tours and $45 for lectures at the Gibbes to $95 for a Plantation Tour and Lunch. The Connoisseur Packages are available for $525.

In addition to Mr. Hervey-Bathurst, the 2009 Forum presenters are: Daniel K. Ackermann, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem; William Nathaniel Banks, author and collector; Chip Callaway, Callaway and Associates, Inc. Landscape Architects; Francis Coolidge, Ropes and Gray LLP Attorneys; Brandy S. Culp, Historic Charleston Foundation; Robert Hunter, Chipstone Foundation; Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Ronald D. Long, Charlton Hall Galleries Inc.; Angela D. Mack, Gibbes Museum of Art; George McDaniel, Carter C. Hudgins, Craig Tuminaro, and Joyce Keegan, Drayton Hall; Bruce Perkins, Flather & Perkins Inc. Fine Arts Insurance; J. Thomas Savage, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate; Matthew Webster, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; and David Warren, Bayou Bend Collections and Garden, Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

“The Gibbes Museum of Art is delighted to once again be working with The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum,” said Angela D. Mack, Gibbes Executive Director. “The Forum attracts scholars and patrons from throughout the country to Charleston, while the proceeds underwrite arts education programs in our community throughout the year.” Superb examples of Charleston furniture from the Rivers Collection are part of The Charleston Story, an exhibition of paintings, sculpture and miniature portraits from the museum’s permanent collection, will be on view at the Gibbes during the Forum.

Founded in 1997 by Jean Y. Helms, The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum is organized by a volunteer board who, with an advisory panel of national experts, seek to present the very best scholarship in thefield of Americana in association with the Gibbes Museum of Art. The 2009 Forum is being sponsored, in part, by Charlton Hall Auctions in Columbia, SC; Phipps Dickson Integria, a media services company based in Quebec, Canada; Liz Tucker Consultancy; The Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and media sponsor Charleston Home magazine. Last year’s sold-out Forum included the American Fine and Decorative Art graduate students from Sotheby’s Institute, New York, who will be attending in 2009 for the third consecutive year.

Single ticket and packages are available online at or by calling (843) 722-2706, extension 22.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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