The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum was first established in 1996 and the first lectures were presented in March 1997. Jean Y. Helms was the Founder and Chairman, and she continues to lead the Forum.
The Mission of the Forum is to present the best fine and decorative arts scholarship, and to benefit arts education and preservation.
To that end, each year, an overall subject or theme is selected, with noted institutions and scholars presenting current information from their professional perspective and experience. The Forum lectures take place in small-scale venues with interesting question-and-answer sessions between speakers and participants that often continue over lunch and dinner. What a great way to experience a special camaraderie and to network with others who share your arts’ interests!
In addition, each year, our Board of volunteers selects and awards the proceeds from the Forum’s events, along with additional tax deductible donations, to a non-profit organization. Past recipients include the College of Charleston School of the Arts, The Gibbes Museum of Art, the Historic Charleston Foundation, and the Historic Fund of Drayton Hall. The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum is a non-profit charitable 501(c) (3) corporation.
The Forum Board and its Advisors volunteer their time, talent, and expertise to offer you what truly is the Premier Lecture Series in America!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NATIONAL BOARD OF ADVISORS
Jean Y. Helms, Founder & Chair
Elizabeth S. Tucker,
Marion Simons Letts