French drawing room at Hillwood


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The Tsar’s Painter Symposium

Participants may choose to pre-order a boxed lunch from Hillwood’s Café for $20, or bring their own brown-bag lunch. Cafe orders must be placed via phone between February 3-19. Meals include a sandwich (turkey, ham, or veggie wrap), chips, cookies, and bottled water. All sandwiches include lettuce and tomato.



11 am Welcome—Visitor Center Theater

Angie Dodson, Director of Learning and Engagement & Co-chair of Exhibitions Program, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Anton Fedyashin, Director, The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture, American University

11:10 am-12:30 pm Morning Session—Visitor Center Theater

Anton Fedyashin, American University, Historical context
Wilfried Zeisler, Hillwood, Makovsky in Paris
Wendy Salmond, Chapman University, Makovsky in America

12:30-2:15 pm Break for Lunch and Touring

45-minute Docent-led tours of The Mansion available
Lunch in the CW Post Center and Merriweather Rooms
Curator Dr. Zeisler and authors will be in The Tsar’s Painter (inside the Mansion) to answer questions from 1:30-2:10 pm.

2:15-2:40 pm Afternoon Session—Visitor Center Theater

Russell Martin, Westminster College, Boyar Life

2:40-3:30 pm Tea and Roundtable Discussion—Visitor Center Terrace Tent

3:30 pm Book Signing—Visitor Center