Frazier History Museum

 Kentucky by Design Symposium
Friday, September 16
9:00am - 3:00pm

To celebrate our upcoming exhibition, Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture, the Frazier Museum will host a symposium that examines the intersection of Kentucky history, politics, and arts during a time of national crisis. We are designing the symposium to be a robust learning opportunity for students, teachers, and general public with an interest in Kentucky history, visual arts, political science, public history, cultural and folk studies, historic preservation and museum studies.

The symposium showcases Kentucky’s contribution to the arts-related projects that originated from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives during the Great Depression. With economic chaos ravaging the spirit of the American people, the Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project (including the Index of American Design, subject of the exhibition), and other such federally-funded programs promoted two corresponding and complimentary goals: providing desperately-needed work to thousands of Americans, while simultaneously promoting an expression of national identity through arts & culture.

Symposium highlights include:

  • Erika Doss, art and cultural historian, Professor and Chair, Department of American Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Jerrold Hirsch, Professor Emeritus of History, Truman State University
  • Exhibit access and gallery conversations with curators, lenders, and educators in the Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture exhibition (on display August 4, 2016 - February 12, 2017)
  • Hands-on interactions with artisans
  • Light breakfast, refreshments, and lunch

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