Lectures are typically presented in October, November,
February, March and April.

The lecture series is held at:

Edwards Big Newport Theatre
300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Non-members / guests are welcome to attend for a $60 fee
payable at the door.

Click here to get directions

Click here for a list of past presenters and topics.

Twentieth Annual Series: 2014-2015 Presenters

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October 14, 2014
Timothy Corrigan
Principle, Timothy Corrigan, Inc.
A Visit to Chateau du Grand-Lucé: Restoring & Decorating A Great Country House
Hailed in Architectural Digest as "Today's Tastemaker," Timothy Corrigan's clients include European and Middle Eastern royalty, Hollywood celebrities and corporate leaders. His distinctive design philosophy of comfortable elegance has been featured in Elle Decor, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Veranda, Vogue, and The Wall Street Journal. Corrigan has been named to the AD100 list for the last nine years, and will be receiving the Pacific Design Center's "Star of Design" award in March 2014. Corrigan has offices in Paris and L.A., as well as an antique collection available at and His first book, "An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé", was recently published by Rizzoli, and has garnered unprecedented press coverage and rave reviews. He will be introducing the first fully integrated line of fabrics, trims, furniture and floor covering for F. Schumacher in February 2014, as well as tabletop collections for Royal Limoges. Prior to forming his design firm in 1998, Timothy Corrigan had a successful career in advertising where he headed up Saatchi & Saatchi's Bates Worldwide's international operations.
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November 11, 2014
Suzanne Tucker
The Romance of Design - The Journey from Passion to Project, from House to Home
Suzanne Tucker is recognized today as one of the country's leading interior designers, known for her timeless style, elegant interiors and her passion for architecture and the decorative arts. Her award-winning projects are frequently published in magazines worldwide and Architectural Digest has honored her repeatedly on the AD100 list of top designers. Having worked under the legendary Michael Taylor and often referenced as his protegee, she and her husband/partner Timothy F. Marks, founded Tucker & Marks in 1986 building it into the distinguished firm it is today. Suzanne Tucker Home was launched in 2010 with her textile, tabletop and home furnishings line.
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February 10, 2015
Ulysses Dietz
From Arts to Arts & Crafts: What Happened When Pots Became Art?
Ulysses Grant Dietz has been the curator of Decorative Arts at The Newark Museum since 1980, and was appointed Chief Curator in 2012. He received his BA in French from Yale University in 1977, and his MA in American Material Culture from the University of Delaware's Winterthur Program in 1980. Mr. Dietz has been the curator of over 100 exhibitions covering all aspects of the decorative arts from colonial to contemporary. He is particularly proud of his work on the Museum's 1885 Ballantine House, named a National Historic Landmark in 1985. The Ballantine House was transformed and reinterpreted between 1992 and 1994, with a groundbreaking installation called House & Home. In 1997 Mr. Dietz was the chief curator for The Glitter & The Gold: Fashioning America's Jewelry, the first-ever exhibition and book on the history of Newark's jewelry industry, which dominated American jewelry making for nearly a century. In 2003, accompanying an exhibition of the same name, he wrote Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy. In that same year he was also co-curator and co-author of the exhibition and book on Doris Duke's jewelry collection: Gems from the East and the West, that traveled to Newport, Rhode Island and Honolulu, Hawaii before the Duke collection was sold at auction. In 2006 he mounted an exhibition entitled Objects of Desire, 500 Years of Jewelry from the Newark Museum's permanent collection. In 2009, for the Museum's 100th anniversary, he produced Masterpieces of Art Pottery, 1880-1930 and its companion catalogue, also drawn from the Museum's historic ceramics collection. Mr. Dietz has also published numerous articles on decorative arts, drawn from the Newark Museum's nationally-known collections of art pottery, studio ceramics, silver, jewelry and nineteenth-century furniture. His most recent publications are Masterpieces of Art Pottery, 1880-1930, from the Newark Museum in 2009, and Dream House: The White House as an American Home, released in September 2009 by Acanthus Press in New York.
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March 10, 2015
Olivier Bernier
Madame de Pompadour, Mistress of the Arts
Olivier Bernier was born in the United States of French parents. He lived in Paris from 1945 to 1958 and received his baccalaureat degree there. In 1962, Mr. Bernier received his B.A. from Harvard College. After a two year stay in Paris during which he translated several books, Mr. Bernier returned to the United States where he attended the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, completing his work for a master's degree in 1966. After being director of exhibitions at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, he became a private art dealer in 1968. In 1977, Mr. Bernier left that profession to become a historian. Since then, he has written Pleasure and Privilege, Life in France, Naples and the United States, 1770 1790 (Doubleday, 1980); Art and Craft, a novel (Seaview Books, 1980); The Eighteenth Century Woman (Doubleday and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982); Lafayette, Hero of Two Worlds (Dutton, 1983); Louis The Beloved, The Life of Louis XV (Doubleday, 1984), Secrets of Marie Antoinette (Doubleday, 1985), also published in paperback and Louis XIV, A Royal Life (Doubleday, 1987); these books have been widely and favorably reviewed, and have been published in several European countries and Latin America. His Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood, The Mob, The Monarchy and the French Revolution was published by Little, Brown in May, 1989 and came out in paperback in 1990. It also served as the text for a major show curated by Mr. Bernier at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, which ran from May to August, 1989. Mr. Bernier was seen extensively on the A&E Biography program on Marie Antoinette. His newest book, The World in 1800, was published in March, 2000; the paperback edition came out in April, 2001; it has been widely published abroad and is soon to appear in China. His most recently published texts can be found in Italy, The Best travel Writing from the New York Times. He is currently at work on a new book.
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April 7, 2015
Bettie Bearden Pardee
Community Leader - Author
Private Newport, At Home and in the Garden
A former magazine editor, garden maker and now author, Bettie Bearden Pardee lives year-round in Newport, Rhode Island. Building a home, and designing its gardens, set her on a path that has inspired three recent books on this fabled town. The first, Private Newport, At Home and in the Garden, for which she received an award from the Horticultural Society of New York for a "commitment to excellence," was followed by the re-issuance of Newport in Flower, an iconic garden book first published in 1979. This book merited a Zone Award from the Garden Club of America "in recognition of exceptional efforts to make available the history of the gardens of Newport." Her third and most recent book, Living Newport, Houses, People, Style, (2014) features the homes and lifestyles of the tastemakers in this "City by the Sea." Bettie's own home, "Parterre," with its often toured garden is documented in the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution. This garden is featured in the coffee table book, Gardens, Private and Personal; the frontispiece of the book highlights an elaborate bench designed by Bettie. Her garden inspired her love of flowers and design, leading to her position as an award-winning flower arranger and Garden Club of America judge. She chaired the Newport Flower Show for 8 years and was the Garden Club of America Zone II chairman for Garden History and Design. A seasoned lecturer, Bettie has presented at "Bouquets to Art" at the De Young Museum (San Francisco,) the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (Morristown, NJ), the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Santa Barbara Historical Society and the Garden Education Center of Greenwich; garden club presentations include The Founder's GC of Dallas, the Little Rock GC, the Boston Committee of GCA, the Little Garden Club of Memphis and the Peachtree GC (Atlanta.) A contributing editor to Bon Appetit for eleven years, producing "Entertaining with Style," and host/producer of the PBS series "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House," Bettie was raised in Beverly Hills and received a Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is a recent President of the Newport Garden and currently Chair of the Green Animals Topiary garden (a Preservation Society of Newport County property.) Her current board positions include the Aquidneck Island Land Trust, the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, the Newport Architectural Forum and the Hope Funds for Cancer Research.