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American Sculpture and the Huntington Legacy

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Reception to follow at 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Contemporary Arts Center, Room 3100A
Location: UCI Winifred Smith Hall (directions)

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Talk Abstract

Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955) and his wife, Anna Vaughn Hyatt (1876-1973), were individuals with modest personal style and rare artistic vision.  Huntington’s philanthropy extended from coast to coast, founding museums and providing financial support to countless arts, literary, and historical organizations.  In 1923, after he married the prominent 20th-century sculptor, Anna Hyatt, they established an outdoor museum of American figurative sculpture and supported numerous artists during the Great Depression.  Together, their beneficence was far-reaching and influential.  The lecture focuses on the creation of Brookgreen Gardens and their legacy.

Speaker Bio

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Robin Salmon has been on the staff of Brookgreen Gardens since 1975. She oversees the acquisition, exhibition, and conservation of Brookgreen’s art, history, library, and archives collections, and directs the activities of the Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Center for American Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens. Robin has a BA degree in history and an MA in art history from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the Museum Management Institute. She has been an elected member of the National Sculpture Society since 1991, serves on its board of directors, and on the editorial board of its magazine, Sculpture Review.  In 2007, Robin received the Society’s Sculpture House Award given for outstanding service to American figurative sculpture.  She is the 2018 recipient of the Gari Melchers Memorial Medal of Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. for materially furthering the interest of the profession of the fine arts. 

Robin R. Salmon
Brookgreen Gardens
Vice President
Art and Historical Collections &
Curator of Sculpture