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Thursday, November 5

1:00-3:30 p.m. Luncheon Meeting of the FASA@LCVA Advisory Board, The Peabody Memphis Hotel [By invitation only]
3:30-5:00 p.m. Registration, The Peabody Memphis Hotel Lobby, 149 Union Avenue
6:00-8:00 p.m. Opening Reception at Center for Southern Folklore, Peabody Place, 119 S. Main Street. Libations, Food & Music [Walking Distance]
Memphis Artist Edwin Jeffrey Jr. will be exhibiting his artwork.


Dinner on your own. Restaurant list will be provided. Reservations are helpful.

Friday, November 6

8:30-9:15 a.m. Late Registration, Peabody Memphis Lobby, 149 Union Avenue.
9:15 a.m. - Buses depart for Memphis Tours.
9:45-10:45 a.m. - Visit John and Susan Jerit’s Home.
11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. -Visit John Jerit’s Office Collection, with luncheon there.
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Visit Rollin Riggs’ Home.
3:00-5:00 p.m. -Visit Sun Studio, Home of Legendary Memphis Recording Artists
5:30-7:30 - Memphis Brooks Museum of Art - Opening Reception: “A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America” (The Barbara Gordon Collection)
7:30 p.m. Buses Return to Peabody Hotel.

[For reservations (on your own) at the Brooks Museum’s Brushmark Restaurant, call: 901-544-6225. Transportation not provided back to Peabody after 7:30 p.m.]


Dinner on Your Own. Restaurant List Provided.

Saturday, November 7

8:30 a.m. Buses Depart for University of Memphis - for Program, Lunch and Museum Exhibitions

9:00-12:00 a.m. Symposium, University of Memphis, Art & Communications Building, Room 310. [No charge for attending the Symposium only.]

9:00 a.m. Welcome by James Sellman, President, Folk Art Society of America
Presentation of Awards of Distinction

9:30.a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Symposium - Introduction: Carol Crown
“The Folk Art and Music of Memphis”
9:30-10:00 a.m. - Jack Soden, President and CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.: “Behind the Scenes at Graceland.”

10:00 -10:45 a.m. - David Evans, Director of Ethnomusicology/Regional Studies Program, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis: “Memphis and Mid-South Blues, Gospel and Folk Music.”

10:45-11:00 a.m. - Break (Please return promptly)

11:00-11:45 a.m. - Judith McWillie, Professor Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia and Washington James Harris, Master of the Saint Paul Spiritual Holy Temple in Memphis: “A Sign for All Mankind and the Fallen of the World.”

11:45-12:45 p.m. - Visit Two Exhibitions in the Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, University of Memphis Department of Art

  1. “The True Gospel Preached Here: The Photographs of Bruce West”
  2. “Memphis Collects Contemporary Folk Art: Highlights from the Collection of Craig Wiener and Others.” Curator: Lauren Kennedy, Executive Director, Memphis UrbanArt Commission

1:00-2:00 p.m. Luncheon at Charley Vergos’ Rendezvous, 52 S. 2nd Ave.

2:00 p.m. Walk back to Peabody Memphis Hotel

2:00-6:00 - Free Time to visit Beale Street, National Civil Rights Museum and other sights of Memphis

Ticket, including Program, Luncheon and Bus..........................$60

6:00-6:30 p.m. - Reception at Peabody Memphis Hotel Ballroom
6:30-10:00 p.m. - Folk Art Society’s Annual Benefit Auction/Dinner at Peabody Memphis Hotel Ballroom.
Dress will be cocktail or business attire.

Ticket, including reception, dinner and auction...........................$125

Sunday November 8

9:00 a.m. - Buses depart Peabody Memphis Hotel
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Visit Graceland, tour of Elvis Presley’s home.
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Luncheon at Graceland’s Chrome Grill
2:00-3:30 p.m. - Travel to Brownsville, TN
3:30-4:30 p.m. - Tour Mindfield, a vast steel structure, the largest outdoor sculpture in Tennessee, and meet its creator, Billy Tripp.
4:30-5:45 p.m. - Bus returns to Memphis
5:45-6:45 p.m. - Wine and Cheese at Carol Crown and Richard Ranta’s Home
6:45-7:00 p.m. - Bus returns to Peabody Hotel.

Ticket, including Graceland, Lunch, Mindfield, Reception & Bus............$95

Dinner on Your Own.

Please Note: For those driving their own cars and not riding the buses, the price of the events remains the same. No admission to events without ticket and FASA conference badge.
****All events are subject to change****

Registration and Refund Policy

The deadline for conference registration is September 15. Registrations are not complete until full payment is received in the Folk Art Society office.

Payment by PayPal, Visa or MasterCard is accepted, as well as by personal check. Charge orders may be sent by telephone or by utilizing the FASA secure Website order form at www.folkart.org. Look under “Conference” for information and order form.

Space for all events is limited, especially for the bus trips and house tours, and reservations will be made in the order received. If you are placed on a waiting list and do not get a place on a tour, your money will be refunded after the conference. If sufficient reservations are not made for a tour, it may be canceled.

Until August 1, full refunds will be given for all cancellations. From August 1 to September 15, refunds will be given less a processing fee of $100 per person. After September 15, no refunds will be given for any reason. This rule is necessary because the society is financially and contractually obligated for the buses, hotel and catered events.

FASA Contacts

For additional information or additional copies of the brochure, contact the Folk Art Society office by telephone (804-285-4532 or 1-800-527-3655), or by e-mail (fasa@folkart.org.) Information and a registration blank can also be viewed and printed out from the Folk Art Society’s Website, www.folkart.org.

Please note:

  • Tickets and FASA badges are required for all events.
  • Buses will depart from and return to the Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel. The cost of bus transportation is included in each ticket. No discount is allowed for driving your own car.
  • Advance reservations are required, and tickets are limited for each event. If a tour is full, a waiting list will be maintained, and no exceptions will be made. Please note refund policy as stated above.
  • The Folk Art Society gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the Columbus Committee, especially Chairman Duff Lindsay and Auction Chairmen Randall Lott and Nancy McCall. We are grateful to the staffs of the Columbus Museum of Art, the Springfield Museum of Art, the Pizutti Collection, and the Hartman Rock Garden. We are also grateful to the collectors and dealers who are opening their homes and galleries for tours and social events.