Robin Salmon: Mysterious Atalaya and the Marvelous Huntingtons

Aug 18, 2018

  • Venue: Horry County Museum
  • Address: 805 Main Street,, Conway, SC 29526
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

The Horry County Museum presents a lecture and book signing by Robin Salmon on Saturday, August 18th, on her book Brookgreen Gardens: Atalaya.
This program explores the reasons that Archer & Anna Hyatt Huntington came to the area to purchase property in 1930 and the design and history of the winter home that they built on the seashore of what became Brookgreen Gardens. Brookgreen Gardens: Atalaya by Robin R. Salmon is a new book, part of the “Images of America” series produced by Arcadia Publishing. It documents the story of Atalaya with photographs from the Brookgreen Gardens Archives and other sources. Ms. Salmon will be available to sign copies of her book after the lecture.
A native South Carolinian, Robin Salmon has been on the staff of Brookgreen Gardens since 1975. She oversees the acquisition, exhibition, and conservation of Brookgreen’s art, history, library, and archives collections, and directs the activities of the Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Center for American Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens.
Robin has degrees in history and art history from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the Museum Management Institute at the University of California-Berkeley. She is a Patron Member of the National Sculpture Society, serves on its board of directors, and on the editorial board of its magazine, Sculpture Review. In 2007, Robin received the Society’s Sculpture House Award given for outstanding service to American figurative sculpture. She also serves on the boards of the Georgetown County History Museum and the Georgetown County Women’s Hall of Fame. She served on the National Endowment for the Arts panel to select the artist to create a sculpture of Rosa Parks for Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, and has been a nominee for the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, South Carolina’s highest honor in the arts. She is nationally known for her knowledge of American art and outdoor sculpture conservation.
Robin is the author of Sculpture of Brookgreen Gardens (2009), Brookgreen Gardens (2006), and Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture, Volume II (1993), is a co-author of seven other books, and has written numerous essays and articles. Her current major project is a biography and catalogue raisonné of the sculptor and art patron, Anna Hyatt Huntington.
The program will begin at 1:00 PM in the McCown Auditorium located at 805 Main Street, Conway SC. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-915-5320 or email To view a full list of programs, visit our website at