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Alexander Arts Lecture

The annual Alexander Arts Lecture was held each fall from 2012 - 2019 in the Alexander Community Meeting Room of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

The endowed lecture focused on American Art and honored the extraordinary contributions of Patty & Welborn Alexander, founding members of the Museum.

The series was established through gifts from members of the Museum’s Board of Trustees in 2012. The goal of this lecture was to engage diverse audiences and create a cultural dialogue, thereby enriching the lives of the participants with current perspectives in the visual arts.


Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore


Lady Rebels: Southern Women Artists and Art Education during America’s Gilded Age


John Leslie Breck and the Birth of American Impressionism


American Impressionism and Realism: Tales of a Collector with Jack Huber


“Encouraging American Genius” and Other Tales from the Front: American Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art with Sarah Cash, Bechhoefer Curator of American Art at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC.


What a Difference a Frame Makes: American Period Frames of the 19th & Early 20th Centuries with Suzanne Smeaton, representative for Eli Wilner & Company


Landscapes of Southern Identity with Sylvia Yount, Chief Curator and Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art.