Voices in American Art Lecture Series Explores Intersection of Women Artists and Women's Suffrage

Feb. 13th Johnson Collection event highlights 19th Amendment centennial

Monday, January 13, 2020 10:30 am

The Johnson Collection, a philanthropic Southern art collection based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is pleased to announce the seventh annual Voices in American Art lecture, to be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre at Wofford College's Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts in Spartanburg, South Carolina at 7pm

Dr. Evie Terrono, Professor of Art History and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s Studies at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, will deliver the keynote address.

The year 2020 marks important political and cultural milestones in the history of the United States, including the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteeing women's constitutional right to vote as well as the two-hundredth anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's birth in 1820. A highly-regarded scholar on understandings of gender, race, and politics, Dr. Terrono has titled her upcoming lecture "Creativity, Collaborations, and Communal Uplift: The Careers of Southern Women Artists." The event is open to the public without charge.


As an Americanist, Dr. Terrono challenges her students to see the vital intersections between ideas of American exceptionality, and understandings of gender, race, and politics and their inscriptions in American material culture and fine art. Her study of the problematics of Confederate memory and Civil War commemoration on the public symbolic landscape began over a decade ago and has produced acclaimed publications,  including "‘Great Generals and Christian Soldiers’: Commemorations of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in the Civil Rights Era" in Civil War in Art and Memory (Yale University Press, 2016) and “Suffrage, Social Activism, and Women Artists of the South,” featured in the Johnson Collection’s 2018 book Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection (University of South Carolina Press, 2018).


Established in 2014, Voices in American Art brings distinguished arts leaders from important national institutions to Spartanburg for annual presentations. In addition to an evening keynote lecture that is open to the public at no charge, visiting speakers meet with college students for informal master classes on career paths.

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