Whistler 2003 - Centenary Journal
9th September 2003 - International Whistler Conference
In the past week the Centre for Whistler Studies has been the host of an International Conference on all things connected with the artist James McNeill Whistler. Scholars travelled from all over the world to take part in the various events and seminars that were part of the conference programme. There were around 20 academic papers presented at the conference on aspects of the artist's oeuvre as varied as Whistler and photography, artist's materials, Whister's international reputation and public image, and of course his paintings.
The conference delegates were welcomed by the City of Glasgow and the Lord Provost into the banqueting hall of Glasgow City Halls for a reception, where the Lord Provost addressed the gathering on the positive impact that the Whistler Centenary Festival has had upon the cultural life of Glasgow in the summer of 2003. Furthermore the Lord Provost was presented with the key to the city of Lowell, the birth place of James McNeill Whistler.
Many more exciting events were squeezed into the four days of the conference: all manner of toasts were raised at the Whistler Conference Dinner; delegates had the opportunity to view the Print Room at the Hunterian Art Gallery; there were musical and theatrical events dedicated to the artist; and demonstrations of the electronic edition of Whistler's Correspondence were given.
Members of staff at the Whistler Centre were very pleased to meet up with old friends (and many new ones!) from the world of Whistler scholarship, and hope that some of the new insights and enthusiasm gathered from the conference may be carried on into future studies and projects.