Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.
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Jeffrey S. Evans' expertise in early American glass and 18th and 19th century Shenandoah Valley furniture and decorative arts is recognized throughout Virginia and across the United States. He has worked as an appraiser and consultant for Virginia collections at the:
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum (Staunton, VA)
- Stonewall Jackson House (Lexington, VA)
- Frontier Culture Museum (Staunton, VA)
- Shenandoah Valley Folk Art and Heritage Center (Dayton, VA)
- Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (Winchester, VA)
- The Virginia Quilt Museum (Harrisonburg, VA)
- Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA)
Some of the numerous national institutions with which Evans has worked closely include:
Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY)
- Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich, MA)
- Museum of American Glass (Weston, WV)
- Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) (Winston Salem, NC)
Some of the significant accomplishments in Jeffrey's professional life include:
February 22, 2015: Colonial Williamsburg, Lecturer
- Presented Shenandoahy Valley Seating - On Stage at the 67th Annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum, "New Findigs in the Arts of the Southern Backcountry" in Willaimsburg, VA.
May 10, 2014 to March 31, 2015: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV), Guest Curator & Lecturer
Served as guest curator for the exhibit, Safes of the Valley, mounted at the MSV in Winchester, VA, co-author of the accompanying exhibition catalogue, and lecturer at the MSV on the subject of punched-tin paneled food safes in theShenandoah Valley in the 19th and 20th centuries.
March 8, 2013: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)), Lecturer
Presented Into the Dining Room: The Evolution of the Safe in the Valley of Virginia at the 2013 MESDA Furniture Seminar, "The Sumptuous, Serviceable Sideboard: Evolution in Design, Regional Style, and Construction" in Wintson-Salem, NC.
January 19, 2013: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), LecturerPresented A Family Affair: Stoneware Traditions fo the Shenandoah Valley at the MESDA Seminar, "No Stone (ware) left un-turned: New Findings in Virginia Stoneware" in Winston-Salem, NC.
February 1, 2012 to May 12, 2012: The Virginia Quilt Museum (BQM), Guest CuratorServed as guest curator for the exhibit, Counterpanes and White Work of the Shenandoah Valley, mounted at the VQM in Harrisonburg, VA and authored the accompanying exhibition catalogue.
March 1, 2012: Winterthur Museum, LecturerPresented A Southern Bias: Regional Dynamics and Relevance in the Marketplace at the 2012 Winterthur Furniture Forum, "Furniture in the South: Makers & Consumers" in Winterthur, DE.
October 22, 2011: Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG), LecturerPresented Pressed Wares of the Mt. Washington Glass Works, 1852-1875 at the 50th Anual CMOG Glass Seminar in Corning, NY.
2008 to June 20, 2010: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV), Guest Curator & LecturerServed as guest curator for the exhibit, Come In and Have a Seat: Vernacular Chairs of the Shenandoah Valley, mounted at the MSV in Winchester, VA from December 18, 2009 through June 20, 2010, authored the accompanying catalogue/treatise and lectured at the MSV on the subject of chair making in the Sahenandoah Valley in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
February 21, 2009: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MEDSA), Guest LecturerPresented Shenandoah Valley of Virginia Seathing Forms of the Late 18th to Early 20th Centuries at the 2009 MESDA Furniture Seminar, "Southern Seats" in Winston-Salem, NC.
September 7, 2004 to December 30, 2004: Harrisonburg/Rockingham Historical Society, Guest Curator & LecturerServed as a guest curator for the exhibit, A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware, The Rockingham County, Virginia School of Folk Pottery, mounted at the Shenandoah Valley Folk Art & Heritage Center, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in Dayton, VA.
Jeff currently serves on the MESDA Advisory Board and the Board of Directors at the Museum of American Glass in WV and for more than fifteen years he served on the board at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society where he was also the head of the Shenandoah Valley Folk Art & Heritage Center's Museum Committee.
Jeff has lectured and conducted classes on antiques including American glass and Shenandoah Valley pottery. In 2004 his extensive knowledge of Valley pottery was showcased when Jeff served as guest curator and co-authored the accompanying catalogue for the exhibit, "A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware" (The Rockingham County, Virginia School of Folk Pottery).
As a guest speaker at the 2009 MESDA furniture seminar, Jeff lectured on late 18th to early 20th century Shenandoah Valley of Virginia seating forms, a subject he has been documenting and researching since the early 1970s. He served as guest curator for the related exhibit at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, titled Come In and Have a Seat: Vernacular Chairs of the Shenandoah Valley. On display from 12/19/2009 through 06/20/2010, the exhibit also yielded the exceptional Evans-authored exhibit catalogue/reference volume of the same name, the first catalogue ever published in conjunction with an MSV-organized changing exhibition.
In 2012 Jeff and his wife Beverley served as co-curators for an exhibition at the Virginia Quilt Museum titled Counterpanes and White Work of the Shenandoah Valley (on display from February 1 through May 12, 2012). The Evanses contributed several textiles from their personal collection and Jeff authored the accompanying catalogue complete with an authoritative essay on the subject.
Since August 2010 Jeff has been partnered with with Kurt C. Russ on The Virginia Safe Project, a multi-year research project focused on Shenandoah Valley punched-tin-paneled furniture. Their findings have culminated in an exhibition called Safes of the Valley that opened at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley on May 11, 2014 and is on display through March 29, 2015. The comprehensive companion publication will be released in late 2016.
Beverley Evans served on the Board of Directors at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA for 10 years, and on the Board at Fort Harrison, Inc. in Dayton, VA for more than 20 years.
In 1992, Beverley completed five years of overseeing the restoration of the Sites House in Broadway, Virginia, a circa 1800s stone home that is on the Virginia and National Historic Registers. In 1997 Beverley won two awards for the Sites House - the Frederick Doveton Nichols Award, presented by the Preservation Alliance of Virginia, and the Great American Home Award, presented by the National Trust for Preservation.
Over the years, Jeff and Beverley have performed countless hours of antiques research with special interest in material made in the Shenandoah Valley, and they have graciously contributed pieces from their private collection to various museum exhibits. Most recently, the Evanses shared textiles from their personal collection when they guest curated an exhibit for the Virginia Quilt Museum titled Counterpanes and White Work of the Shenandoah Valley. The Counterpane exhibit ran from February 1 to May 12, 2012.
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