Delaware Humanities Forum: Sussex County Symposium

Capping off a year of Delaware-themed events (Picturing Delaware: Inside and Outside the Frame), DHF is offering a two-day symposium in Sussex County on September 18-19, 2009.

W. Barksdale Maynard is the keynote speaker for the opening night event, inspired by Delaware's "places." An author and art historian, Maynard is basing his presentation on his award winning book, Buildings of Delaware (a volume in the Buildings of the United States series of the Society of Architectural Historians), turning a spotlight on the churches and steeples, facades, architects, design styles and building materials that are iconic in the First State. A reception will follow.

The September 19 schedule embraces three themes and is comprised of nearly a dozen presentations on topics such as industry, agriculture and the environment in Delaware. Man's Effect on the Land: Industry and Agriculture will touch on subjects ranging from canneries to church camps to "choo choos." Land's Effect on Man: The Environment will turn attention on vocations dependent upon the First State's unique landscape, such as river piloting and hunting. In Portraying Place: Delaware's Historical and Cultural Affairs Curator Ann Baker Horsey will discuss two artists known for painting Delaware imagery, Jack Lewis and Howard Schroeder; Ricky Sears, a drawing instructor at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, has documented the evolution of Bethany Beach through photography and painting, and will discuss the aesthetics of suburban development; and Stephen Ruszkowski, a 2009 Delaware Division of the Arts Fellow, will discuss the influence of Northern Delaware architecture on his painting.

For more information, visit theDelaware Humanities Forum.

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