In fall 1969, 125 women arrived at Franklin & Marshall College, joining 1,850 male students in class. To mark the 50th anniversary of coeducation at F&M, the Phillips Museum of Art is presenting the works of alumnae artists.
The exhibit, “50 Years: A Celebration of F&M’s Alumnae Artists,” joins two other exhibits this fall. “FRESH!” is the Department of Art and Art History’s biennial exhibition of works by F&M faculty, staff and emeriti. Also featured will be “Stitched Stories: Women’s Narratives in Regional Textiles.”
“This is a series of significant college and community milestones and anniversaries that we are celebrating at the Phillips,” said Amy Moorefield, the museum’s director.
The alumnae celebration exhibit features two artists from each decade: Beverly Ryan ’73 and Michele Colburn ’76; Cindy Clements ’85 and Conrad Nelson ’81; Jennie de Mello e Souza ’92 and Frances Wolf ’96; Christy Batta ’09 and Rachel Scharf ’09; and Rebecca Frantz ’13 and Stephanie Lifshutz ’13.
Their works – sculptures, pottery, paintings, neon signs and textiles – showcase perspectives from political to social as well as the purposeful.
This Rothman Gallery exhibit runs Sept. 3 to Dec. 6 with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19. At 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall, a panel discussion is scheduled with three of the alumnae artists, moderated by Sue Washburn ’73, chair of F&M’s Board of Trustees.
In the Gibson Gallery, the exhibit “Stitched Stories” runs during the same period with a 5:30 opening reception Sept. 19. From the museum’s permanent collection are quilts, fabrics and clothing crafted by women from the 19th through the 20th centuries.
“FRESH!” runs Aug. 27 to Dec. 6 in the Dana Gallery with a 5:30 reception on opening day. A panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Stahr Auditorium will feature F&M photography technician Salina Almanzar ’13, and three Department of Art faculty: Assistant Professor Kevin Brady, Assistant Professor Magnolia Laurie and Professor Jun-Cheng Liu.
For more information on the exhibitions and programming planned for the fall season, please visit: https://www.fandm.edu/phillips-museum.