From Forest to Furniture: New Approaches to Materials & Making

March 17-19, 2022 Winston-Salem, North Carolina

From Forest to Furniture

 

New Approaches to Materials & Making

 

 

March 17-19, 2022

The MESDA Furniture Seminar is a biennial forum for collectors, curators, woodworkers, and conservators to explore a variety of topics related to the serious study of antique furniture.  The program is known for its intimate size that allows speakers and attendees the change to interact with each other and the MESDA and Old Salem collections. From lasers to archives to lathes, the 2022 program will explore new ways of looking at the connections between place, materials, and the art of making furniture. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research techniques and discoveries from scholars and craftspeople including Alexandra Kirtley (Philadelphia Museum of Art), Dr. Tiffany Momon (co-Founder of the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive), Dr. John Stuart Gordon (Yale University Art Gallery), and Nancy Hiller (NR Hiller Design). A demonstration by noted Windsor Chairmaker Elia Bizzari (Elia Bizzari Hand Tool Woodworking) will round out the program. Attendees will also enjoy a hands-on deep dive through MESDA’s collection during an exclusive open house. Special pre-conference workshops provide additional opportunities to interact with our unparalleled collection.


 

REGISTRATION (Now Open!)

 

Early Bird Full Registration with Behind-the-Scenes Tour 1
$395.00 | $385.00 Society Level Members*
Registration includes participation in Behind-The-Scenes Tour 1, participation in the MESDA Collection Study, two pastry breakfasts, two coffee breaks, two lunches, a keynote reception, a closing BBQ, all lectures and demonstrations proposed on the agenda, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens. 
Early Bird Full Registration with Behind-the-Scenes Tour 2 $395.00 | $385.00 Society Level Members*
Registration includes participation in Behind-The-Scenes Tour 2, participation in the MESDA Collection Study, two pastry breakfasts, two coffee breaks, two lunches, a keynote reception, a closing BBQ, all lectures and demonstrations proposed on the agenda, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens. 
Early Bird Full Registration with Behind-the-Scenes Tour 3 $395.00 |  $385.00 Society Level Members*
Registration includes participation in Behind-The-Scenes Tour 3, participation in the MESDA Collection Study, two pastry breakfasts, two coffee breaks, two lunches, a keynote reception, a closing BBQ, all lectures and demonstrations proposed on the agenda, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens.
Early Bird Lectures Only $345.00 | $335.00 Society Level Members*
Registration includes participation in the MESDA Collection Study, two pastry breakfasts, two coffee breaks, two lunches, a keynote reception, a closing BBQ, all lectures and demonstrations proposed on the agenda, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens. 
Early Bird Virtual Access $140.00| $130.00 Society Level Members*
Registration includes access to virtual live-stream of lectures and limited time access to recorded programs.

 

*Scholarships for students and emerging professionals available. To apply, please fill out the form here. Scholarships inclusive of conference registration and small travel stipend, if applicable.*

*This program is anticipated to sell out.  Please note that members of the Frank L. HortonFrederic William Marshall, and Flora Ann Bynum Societies receive priority registration privileges, as well as a discount on their tickets. To receive your society level discount, please be sure you register and/or sign in with your Old Salem Museums & Gardens username and password.  If you would like to join the Frank L. Horton, Frederic William Marshall, or Flora Ann Bynum Societies, or if you would like to learn more, please click here.

 


 

BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS, Thursday Afternoon, March 17, 2022

 

Join Eric Jackson, Old Salem’s Director of Horticulture, for an afternoon tour of Old Salem’s restored landscape with a special focus on native trees used in furniture-making in the 18th and early 19th centuries. 

 

 

 

Join Blake Stevenson, Education Coordinator at Old Salem, for an afternoon tour of Old Salem’s historic workbenches and tools. Participants will get an up-close look at the tools and materials the Moravians used to create long-lasting pieces of furniture.  

 

 

 

 

Registrants will join tours led by Jane Sutton, MESDA’s Manager of Museum Interpretation, and Jenny Garwood, MESDA’s Educational Coordinator, for an afternoon hands-on tour of MESDA’s collection and its many secret compartments! Learn about the many hidden compartments concealed throughout MESDA’s furniture collection as well as the political, religious, and social messages they often held. 

 


PROGRAM

With Special Lectures & Demonstrations From:

ALEXANDRA KIRTLEY

ELIA BIZZARRI

ALLIE CADE

DR. JOHN STUART GORDON

NANCY HILLER

ERIC JACKSON

DR. TIFFANY MOMON

KATIE MCCARTHY WATTS

& MORE!

Schedule:

Friday, March 18

10:00 am Welcome & Lectures
11:00 am Demonstration: Elia Bizzarri
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Lectures
3:00 pm MESDA Open House
5:00 pm Keynote & Reception

 

Saturday, March 19

9:30 am Lectures
12:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Demonstration
4:00 pm Lectures
5:00 pm BBQ Dinner

 

NOTE: Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this program and schedule is subject to amendment. 

 


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

To learn about available sponsorship opportunities, please click here or contact Melissa Knapp ([email protected]).


TRAVEL DETAILS

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is one of the museums at Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  MESDA is located in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center at 924 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.  Seminar lectures will take place in the James A. Gray Auditorium at the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC  27101. 

Seminar Hotels: 

Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center
420 High Street,

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

1-336-777-8300

Group Name: March Furniture Seminar

 

*Please note, to ensure a room at the discounted price, reservations must be made by 5 pm on Sunday, February 27, 2022. Your reservation can be cancelled with full refund up to one day prior to the scheduled arrival time. 

 


 

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Old Salem is committed to the safety of our visitors and staff. Currently, masks are required inside buildings regardless of vaccination status and, wherever possible, a safe social distance of six feet is required. Policy changes may occur based on CDC, State, County, and City recommendations and requirements. 

 


 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to a program will receive a full refund minus a $50 handling fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur less than two weeks prior to the event. 

 


 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts follows the inclement weather policies of Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  When OSMG is closed, the museum is closed as well.  Should this occur, the seminar will be cancelled and refunds will be issued.  For your own protection, please consider travel insurance to cover fees involved with cancelling hotel reservations.