Shelburne Museum hosts collecting symposium

Shelburne Museum will host a symposium this fall to highlight the legacy of Electra Havemeyer Webb, whose diverse and eclectic collections of folk art, fine art, and decorative art launched this renowned museum of art and design.

“Collecting with a Vision: Shelburne Museum and the Emergence of the Americana Movement” is a one-day symposium on Saturday, Oct. 5 featuring noted experts speaking on the history and psychology of collecting and collections. The program celebrates Shelburne Museum’s new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and its inaugural exhibition, “Color, Pattern, Whimsy, Scale: The Best of Shelburne Museum.”  Beginning with the history of collecting in America, each presentation shares a different facet related to understanding Mrs. Webb’s pioneering influence in the Americana movement and her imaginative collection.

Speakers include:
Jean Burks, senior curator, Shelburne Museum
Briann Greenfield, Ph.D., Central Connecticut State University, associate professor of history; coordinator, Public History Program
Elizabeth Stillinger, editor, The Magazine Antiques, 1963-1972; author, “A Kind of Archeology,” “Collecting American Folk Art,” and “The Antiquers”
Catherine Whalen, Ph.D., Bard Graduate Center, Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture

The symposium is Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 am to 4 pm in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. Registration is $50. To register, please contact Cathy Walsh at 985-0865 or email

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