Women's History Month Lecture Series Features Liberal Arts Professor

Dr. Nancy Heller to present four illustrated talks about 20th and 21st-century American women artists

January 30, 2013

In honor of Women's History Month, Liberal Arts Professor Nancy G. Heller will present "Politics, Gender, Identity and Beyond," a four-part lecture series focusing on a diverse selection of 20th and 21st-century American women artists.

"Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles," 1991, color lithograph on paper. Credit: Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter. Copyright © 1996 Faith Ringgold.

The Saturday morning lectures will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on March 2, 9, 16 and 23 in the Historic Landmark Building at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Discounted tickets are available for educators and PAFA members; all ticket prices include museum admission.

Dr. Heller, professor of Art History at UArts and author of Women Artists: An Illustrated History, will explore the remarkable ways artists like Audrey Flack, Faith Ringgold, Louise Nevelson, Alison Saar, Sarah McEneaney and Elizabeth Catlett have experimented with new uses for traditional materials and techniques. Her illustrated talks will also demonstrate how women artists have made tremendously important contributions to ongoing discussions about politics, gender, nationality, the concept of beauty and the very definition of fine art.

"Two Views," 1989, egg tempera on wood. Credit: Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter. Copyright © Sarah McEneaney.

"Politics, Gender, Identity and Beyond" complements the current exhibition of nearly 500 works from the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women, on display at PAFA through April 7.

Single-course: $20 ($15 PAFA members/educators); four-part series: $70 ($50 PAFA members/educators).

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