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Bicentennial plays large role in second annual Alabama Decorative Arts Symposium

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery presents the 2017 Alabama Decorative Arts Symposium (ADAS), Crossing Lines: Decorative Arts of the Alabama Territory January 19th and 20th. The Symposium will take place in the Farley Auditorium at the Alabama Department of Archives and History with a Thursday night reception at the historic Ware-Farley-Hood House in Old Alabama Town.

Crossing Lines will feature presentations on the earliest artistic expressions of pioneers on the frontier that would later become the State of Alabama. In celebration of the Bicentennial of territorial Alabama, noted experts will present topics on the decorative and trade goods brought to the frontier, artwork documenting Native Americans, botanical drawings, archeological findings of decorated utilitarian objects and other topics related to settling the Alabama Territory.

Marion Baab, Executive Director of Landmarks Foundation, notes, “This day and half symposium will tap into subject matter that is mostly unexplored. Little research, other than archaeological, has been done. It is a fascinating era in our State’s history and in the year of our 200th territorial celebration, a fitting way to share what we do know.”

Crossing Lines will examine the Native American influence that existed in the territory as well as how the “outside” world of imports influenced artistic expressions. The enormity of the territory and diversity of the early settlers allows a large range of possible topics as some areas of the state remained primitive and others very developed. The 2017 ADAS till shine a light on the evolution of craftsmanship along social, political, gendered, geographical, and racial lines and will explore the importance decorative artifacts played in the lives of early Alabamians.

“The Alabama Decorative Arts Symposium is a premier venue for Alabamians who love the art and mystery of our state’s historic culture,” said Daniel Brooks, ADAS committee member, and the 2017 moderator.  

Landmarks Foundation welcomes the following presenters, each an expert in their field, for its second symposium: Daniel Ackermann, Dr. Janice Simon, Jeff Benton, Dr. Ed Bridges, Daniel Brooks, Dr. Kathryn Braund, Raven Christopher, Donald Ball, and George Shorter.

Registration for ADAS is requested by January 10 as seating is limited. More information on the Symposium, registration and ticket purchasing can be found online at or by calling (334) 240-4500. Symposium admission is $85, or $100 to attend both the symposium and the Thursday night reception. Reception only admission is $25. Symposium admission includes, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Proceeds from the event support Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery and its mission to preserve, interpret and present Central Alabama's architecture, history and culture. Landmarks Foundation is the city's leading historic preservation group and oversees the operation of Old Alabama Town in downtown Montgomery.

Alabama Decorative Arts Symposium’s presenting sponsor is Pickwick Antiques. The symposium is supported by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Presented in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.