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The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host UT alumnus and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Lark Mason at an upcoming fundraiser.

Unexpected Treasures: An Evening with Lark Mason, a fundraiser for the McClung Museum’s free educational programs, will be 5:30–9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 9, at the McClung Museum. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

LarkMasonMason will give the presentation “Unexpected Treasures and How to Find Them: Why Great Works of Art Turn Up in Odd Locations,” which will be followed by farm-to-table dinner stations interspersed throughout the galleries, delectable dessert displays, craft cocktails, and live music.

Guests who purchase Connoisseur ticket packages will be given the unique opportunity to have their personal collections evaluated by Mason––one of the foremost appraisers in the country. Packages are $800 and include two tickets and one private in-home visit and verbal object evaluation with Mason.

Collector ticket packages are $350.This package includes two tickets and expert verbal evaluation for up to three objects during the event by either Mason or a representative from Case Antiques in Knoxville. Individual tickets are also available at $150 each. A $75 portion of each ticket is tax deductible. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 865-974-2143. Tickets are limited.

Lark E. Mason Jr. is a UT graduate and has been active in the field of art and antiques for over forty years as a generalist and authority in Chinese works of art. He is known by millions of viewers for his appearances on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. He founded Lark Mason Associates and iGavel Auctions, is the author and translator of numerous articles, and has been an advisor for institutions ranging from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Event attendees will receive VIP parking and must provide their name to the parking attendant upon arrival.

See the museum’s website for more information about collections and exhibits and other special events.


Stacy Palado (865-974-2143,

Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921,

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,