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74th Annual HSEAD Conference and Exhibition – Rescheduled

The 74th Annual HSEAD Conference and Exhibition has been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak; the new dates are September 29 – October 1, 2020.

Genesee Country Chapter enthusiastically welcomes you to Rochester, NY for an interesting meeting on many uses of paper in the decorative arts!

Precious Paper: A Potpourri of Decoration will be held at the Hyatt Hotel September 29, 30 and October 1.

Tuesday Evening Banquet

Dr. Steven Galbraith, Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is our headline speaker at the Tuesday Banquet. Dr. Galbraith is the author of “Edges of Books” which examines paintings and decoration on an often unsuspected surface of the book. His topic Beautifying the Book will guide us through a history of ornamentation that has been found not only on edges but also on covers, spines, and inside books. We will hear about early manuscripts and illumination, gilding and gold leaf on covers and spines, marbling on end papers and edges, hand colored illustration as well as fore-edge paintings and more. Dr. Galbraith will bring some artifacts from the Cary Graphic Arts Collection to supplement his power point presentation.

Wednesday Hands-On Programs

Wednesday’s program of hands on workshops will give you the opportunity to try your hand at some paper related art. There are six workshops offered in the morning and six in the afternoon. When you receive your registration packet you will indicate your preference for a class in each session. Turkish Paper Marbling, Quilling or Paper Filigree, Exploration of Paper and Book Binding, Letterpress Calling Card and Victorian Valentines, Altered Books and Paper Curiosities, Painted Fraktur Bookplate, and Memory Box of Marbled Paper are the workshops that are lined up. Hillary Ellis, Chief Curator at the Strong National Museum of Play, will also speak on Caring for Your Unique Collections and share archival storage practices.

Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early to get into your top choices!

Thursday Brunch Program

At the Thursday brunch meeting we will be treated to a fun and nostalgic power point talk by Christopher Bensch, Vice President of Collections at the Strong National Museum of Play. He will delight us with The Heart of the Matter: A History of Valentine Cards which will draw from the many Valentines in the museum’s collection. In addition, he will bring samples of those tokens of affection that have expressed loving sentiments over the last few centuries. This is sure to be an enchanting conclusion to our meeting.

And don’t forget the raffle in Exhibition! This year we are fortunate to have some exceptional artwork that you might be lucky enough to win! The centerpieces at the banquets are beautiful and we have some fun methods for deciding who will take your table’s masterpiece home!

We look forward to welcoming you to Rochester and are proud to highlight local artists and museum collections that are home to our area! In 2020 Rochester is honored to celebrate the 200th birthday of our native Susan B. Anthony and the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote. This year’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition will prove to be a wonderful time of learning new things and expanding your horizons.

See you in Rochester, New York, September 29 – October 1!

Pat Olson and Martha Dolan, Meeting Co-Chairmen


To make your hotel reservations, please click here.

If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by Region. If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.