Photograph of Gina Wouters, Ph.D., Executive Director, Planting Fields FoundationGina J. Wouters, Ph.D. was appointed Executive Director of Planting Fields Foundation in January 2019. She has spent most of her professional career working in not-for-profits to preserve and revitalize historic sites, with an emphasis on estates from the Gilded Age and Country Place Era. Prior to joining Planting Fields, Gina was Curator of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, FL, a National Historic Landmark, then Vice President of Museum Affairs and Chief Curator at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville, TN. Her degrees include a B.F.A. in Photography and Art History from Barry University and an M.A. in Dutch Art in a European Context from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in her native country, the Netherlands. Gina is completing her Ph.D. at the University of Leicester, UK, situating the global phenomenon of artists as catalysts for organizational change at historic sites. She has lectured nationally and internationally including at ICOM, AAM and CAA conferences and is an alumna of the distinguished 2015 Attingham Summer School.

 

  • 9:45A | Olmsted Design Principles and the Historic Designed Landscape of Planting Fields

    The work of the Olmsted Firm (1857-1979) is defined by seven design principles. These include a genius of place, unified composition, orchestration of movement, orchestration of use, sustainable design and environmental conservation, and a comprehensive approach. Planting Fields, the 409-acre former Gilded Age estate of the Coe family, exists today as one of the largest private commissions of the Olmsted Firm. Evidenced in over 400 plans produced by the firm between 1917-1979, Planting Fields is a layered and dynamic example of an Olmsted landscape. The recent completion of a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) has prioritized the restoration of various landscape features at the site with the intent of revitalizing the Olmsted Brothers’ vision for Planting Fields. Gina will present on the landscape projects underway at Planting Fields and related initiatives celebrating Olmsted 200.

 

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