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The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) is well known for its impressive collection of historical records and artifacts, but few people think of the Archives as an art destination. Join us on Thursday, February 15, at 12 noon for the next ArchiTreats: Food for Thought program at the Alabama Department of Archives and History when curator Bob Cason presents “Art at the Archives.” Cason’s presentation will explore the artistic diversity of the Archives collections including traditional fine art objects, textiles, ceramics, furniture, folk art and craft pieces. While Cason will discuss some items on exhibit, most will be images of articles currently in storage which the public rarely has an opportunity to see. Cason will highlight significant Alabama artists and will focus on four objects which he regards as the most significant pieces in the Archives collections.
Bob Cason has the distinction of being the most tenured staff member at the ADAH, having begun his career at the Archives in 1971. He attended Huntington College’s Museum Studies program and received his BA degree in 1975. His professional development has included training in exhibit design and fabrication at the Smithsonian; collections care and maintenance certificate program at the University of Arizona, Tucson; conservation of easel paintings with Gustav Berger, AIC fellow; and conservation of artifacts at the State University of New York at Cooperstown, New York. Following the death of Archives director, Milo B. Howard in 1981, Cason served as acting director until Dr. Edwin Bridges was hired as Mr. Howard’s successor. Thereafter he has continued in his curatorial duties for the last twenty-five years.
This presentation is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.
For more information call (334) 353-4712.
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Updated: February 5, 2007
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435