RISD Continuing Education Presents Antique Frame Appraisal Course Taught by Noted Frame Conservator, Frame Historian and Master Gilder William Adair

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 Contact: Janan Archibald, 603-580-1300 November 8, 2011

RISD Continuing Education Presents Antique Frame Appraisal Course Taught by Noted Frame Conservator, Frame Historian and Master Gilder William Adair

Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD|CE) Certificate Program in Appraisal Studies in Art + Antiques hosts a two-day class focused on understanding and appraising antique frames on Wednesday and Thursday December 7 and 8.

The RISD Continuing Education course, Understanding + Appraising Antique Frames, will be taught by William Adair, Founder and President of Gold Leaf Studios in Washington, D.C. Adair is a frame conservator, frame historian and master gilder. He began his career in frame conservation at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, where he became fascinated with gilding and the history of frames. In 1975, the Smithsonian awarded Adair a grant to travel to Europe to learn about tools and techniques from the few remaining master gilders working in the Renaissance tradition.

Adair studied under influential framers and connoisseurs Paul Levi and Henry Heydenryk. In 2003 Levi and Adair collaborated on the repatriation of an important Renaissance altarpiece polyptych to a church in the Piedmont region of Italy.

In 1991, the American Academy in Rome awarded Adair the Rome Prize in Design, allowing him to spend six months in Rome immersed in the study of frame design.

Adair has curated numerous frame exhibitions, including the first American exhibition, “The Frame in America 1700-1900”, which is also the title of his reference book cataloging the American Frame History.

In this exciting two-day course, participants will be taught the history of European and American frame design, from Renaissance to Modern Day. The style of American frames has changed considerably over the decades, from the simple to ornate and back again. Students learn to identify the styles and techniques used throughout the ages and revival periods by understanding the tools and craftsmanship, as well as the ornamentation and decoration, utilized by frame makers throughout history. The course is suited for both the experienced professional and new art enthusiast.

Frames have historically been an undervalued antique, according to Adair. But increasingly, they are becoming appreciated in their own right.

The course is the perfect opportunity for anyone who wishes to know more about that “frame in the attic” or to simply better understand the artisanship and history that surrounds the art.

To register, or for more information about Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education’s Certificate Program in Appraisal Studies in Art + Antiques, contact RISD|CE at 401-454-6201 or visit http://www.risd.edu/ce.

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