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October 20, 2009

American Folk Art Museum senior curator discusses life and work of late sculptor at the Art Museums of CW

Stacy Hollander, senior curator for the American Folk Art Museum, New York, discusses the life and work of 19th-century artist, Asa Ames, on Oct. 28 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The hour-long program, “Asa Ames: Occupation Sculpturing,” begins at 5:30 p.m.

Asa Ames (1823-1851) immortalized in carved wood his family members, neighbors and friends in Erie County, N.Y. Like much painted portraiture of the day, the representations are iconic in their simplicity and illuminated the personal nature of the lives captured in his sculptures.

In 2008, Hollander organized the first exhibition devoted to Ames’ work for the American Folk Art Museum. The exhibit is now on view at Colonial Williamsburg’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum through Jan. 3, 2010, and features 10 of his lifelike three-dimensional sculptures of family and friends.

This lecture is a continuation of the Wallace Museum Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series funded by the Horatio Hall Whitridge and Gracia Grieb Whitridge Lecture Series Endowment.

A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides admission to the program.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets, in Williamsburg, Virginia and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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