6/21/2019 Phillips Museum of Art

50 Years: A Celebration of F&M’s Alumnae Artists

Rothman Gallery
September 3–December 6, 2019

Franklin & Marshall College admitted the first class of female students in the fall of 1969. One hundred and twenty-five women joined the 1,850 enrolled male students on campus. Marking the 50th anniversary of co-education, the Phillips Museum of Art is celebrating by highlighting two alumnae artists from each decade since that historical day in F&M’s history.

Alumnae artists include Christy Batta ’09, Cindy Clements ‘85, Michèle Colburn ‘76, Jennie de Mello e Souza ‘92, Rebecca Frantz ‘13, Stephanie Lifshutz ‘13, Conrad Nelson ‘81, Beverly Ryan ‘73, Rachael Scharf ‘09, and Frances Wolf  ‘96. These artists have created a variety of works including sculpture, pottery, paintings, neon signs, and textiles created from Vietnam-era military trip wire. The work showcases a wealth of perspectives and purpose ranging from every day use to political activism and social awareness.


Opening Reception, September 19, 2019, 5:306:30 p.m., Rothman Gallery

Panel Discussion with Michèle Colburn ‘76, Stephanie Lifshutz ‘13, and Frances Wolf  ‘96, moderated by Sue Washburn ‘73, October 17, 2019, 5:00 p.m., Stahr Auditorium, Stager Hall


Thumbnail Image Credit: Rebecca Frantz ‘13. The Lovers, 2018. Mid fire stoneware. Courtesy of the artist.


  • Abstract painting Image Credit: Frances Donnelly Wolf ‘96. Unrepeatable as a cloud, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
  • Neon art by Stephanie Lifshutz ‘13 that reads, "i’m ok with being fine" in a serif font. Image Credit: Stephanie Lifshutz ‘13. by all means (i’m ok with being fine), 2018. Glass and neon. Courtesy of the artist.
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