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Treasures
Furman Unveils its Collection
of Significant Art, Artifacts, and Antiques
September 3, 2010 - January 24, 2011

Hidden among the Universityís lush green landscape and stately Georgian architecture are pieces of art and antiques that rival those found in some of the countryís finest museums. Unbeknownst to many, Furman has a collection of decorative and fine art materials that is both extensive and diverse. Comprised of over 2,600 objects, it includes everything from 4,000-year-old oil lamps to paintings by some of Americaís most well known nineteenth-century artists. While many pieces in the Decorative and Fine Arts Collection are displayed throughout the campus, others have been tucked away for safekeeping. For the first time, a representation of pieces from the collection is being shown in Treasures: Furman Unveils its Collection of Significant Art, Artifacts, and Antiques.

Spanning time and space, Furmanís Decorative and Fine Arts Collection includes objects from five different continents and forty-six countries. Significant pieces from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and the United States are on display. All of the objects in the exhibition have been donated to Furman, and each piece has a unique story to tell. Some of the objects are valued for their aesthetic qualities and artistic style while others are more significant historically. Regardless, all of the objects connect Furman to the wider world and are gateways to studying many different time periods, cultures, and disciplines. This is just a sampling of pieces from the collection and a starting point to begin exploring the treasures in Furmanís Decorative and Fine Arts Collection.

Furmanís Decorative and Fine Arts Collection is managed by the University Collections Manager and the Decorative and Fine Arts Committee, which is comprised of individuals from various departments on campus. The Committee exists not only to protect the pieces in Furmanís collection but to share their stories with the University community and beyond. Services offered include classroom instruction, presentations, tours, and internship opportunities. For more information on the collection and the Decorative and Fine Arts Committee, please visit contact Betsy Mosley (864) 294-3491.