ICAA Chapter News


The Charleston Chapter began the year by offering their Classical Essential Series. Participants were introduced to the Doric Order, the Ionic Order, and the Corinthian Order during a series of three courses led by Instructor Patrick Webb. 

On March 28 the Chapter held a Colloquium, “The Artisan: Craft in America” at the Library Society in Charleston. Christine G. H. Franck of the University of Colorado Denver delivered the keynote entitled: “A State of the Union of Artisan and Architect for the 21st Century.” Also speaking was Pierre Finklestein from his eponymous Institute of Decorative Painting Inc. in New York City, who presented “The History of Decorative Painting: Artist versus Artisan.” Ralph Muldrow of the College of Charleston spoke on the “Trilogy of Craft: Ruskin, Morris, and Lethaby” and Domiane Forte of Forte & Associates in Santa Paula, California spoke on “Studying the Classical to Inform the Vernacular.” The Chapter would like to thank the Library Society of Charleston and the American College of the Building Arts for underwriting this event. 

This fall Mitch Owens, Decorative Arts and Antiques Editor for Architectural Digest will speak in October, Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman will speak in November on their collaboration in Design and Decoration, and Judy DiMaio, Dean, School of Architecture and Design at New York Institute of Technology will speak on Colin Rowe in December. 

For further details contact Charleston Chapter President William Bates at [email protected].

Reception at the Artisan in America Colloquium.

The colloquium was held at the 1914 Charleston Library Society's Beaux Art masterpiece by Philadelphia's McGoodwin and Hawley. 

Christine G. H. Franck delivers the keynote address at the Artisan in America Spring 2014 Colloquium.

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