Fall Seminar

October 13-14, 2017 Winston-Salem, NC

Good, Better, Best: Collecting for the 21st Century

Many of the world’s finest collections began with the desire for a single object. Passion for the hunt often begins in childhood, building collections of stamps, rocks, baseball cards, or coins.

Rekindle that inspiration at MESDA’s upcoming seminar, “Good, Better, Best: Collecting for the 21st Century.” Learn to discover valuable and “not so valuable” objects from experts who have advised collectors and museums for decades, including veterans of the television programs Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives. Hear anecdotes from collectors and share your own.

Take part in a number of hands-on sessions with curators and recognized experts utilizing MESDA’s renowned collection of southern decorative arts.

Featured presenters for this informative seminar are:

Ken Farmer, a lifelong resident of Virginia, began his professional career as a dealer in Americana an operated two regional auction houses from 1990 to 2015.  Ken is an advisor, appraiser and auctioneer, handling all categories of fine and decorative art.  He has appeared on the popular PBS series Antiques Roadshow as a specialist in folk art, furniture, and musical instruments. He currently provides appraisal and advisory services to public and private clients, establishing personal relationships and helping clients choose wisely when deciding to buy or sell any category of antiques and fine art.

Wes Cowan took respite from the grind of school by driving back roads, stopping at the many antique stores of the day. After a short time in academia, he joined the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History as Curator of Archaeology. In his spare time, Wes was soon buying, selling and trading with collectors and holding ‘auctions’ from a makeshift office in his garage. In 1995 he became a licensed auctioneer and launched Cowan’s Auctions, Inc., quickly building a reputation as an expert who brought a new level of scholarship and honesty to the arena. For over 20 years Wes has been a featured appraiser on the PBS hit show Antiques Roadshow and also appeared on History Detectives.

Colette Loll’s interest in issues related to authenticity and cultural heritage protection propelled her to Italy for postgraduate studies in International Art Crime through a program sponsored by the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA). Colette has served as lead researcher in attribution and authentication investigations, conducting forensic investigations for private collectors on suspect artworks, participating in documentary film projects, and curating several exhibitions. Her current exhibit, Treasures on Trial; the Art & Science of Detecting Fakes, focusing on the broad range of fakes on the market from early American paintings to Chanel suits and handbags, is currently on view at the Winterthur Museum, and has received acclaim in both national and international media.


Space is limited. Pre-registration is required to ensure a place.

General Registration – $175.00
Includes: Friday afternoon hands-on session, Friday evening reception and lecture, Saturday morning lectures, lunch, and a second hands-on session Saturday afternoon.


Saturday Only Registration – $135.00
Includes: Saturday morning lectures, lunch, and a hands-on session Saturday afternoon.


Pre-Seminar Tour – $40.00
A 2-hour tour of the MESDA Collection is available on Friday, October 13 at 1 p.m. The tour is limited to 8 people.


You can also contact MESDA at 336-721-7369 or email mesdaprograms@oldsalem.org.

Cancellation Policy: MESDA reserves the right to cancel a program
and should this occur a full refund will be made. Registrants who
cancel at least two weeks prior to a program will receive a full re-
fund minus a $50 handling fee. No refunds will be given for cancel-
lations that occur less than two week prior to the event.

Conference Hotels

Conference block rates will be held until September 20, 2017
Group Name: MESDA

The Hawthorne Inn
420 High Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Book online using group code 26R770 at http://www.wakehealth.edu/hawthorne-inn/

The Quality Inn
2008 S. Hawthorne Road
Winston Salem, NC 27103

The Village Inn Hotel & Event Center
6205 Ramada Drive
Clemmons, NC 27012