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07/17/2020 — Maier Museum of Art Lecture, The Pioneer: Louise Jordan Smith

Maier Museum of Art Virtual Summer Lecture Series

The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College celebrates the centennial of the 19th Amendment’s ratification with our summer lecture series, A Closer Look. This July, art historian Kathleen Placidi presents three virtual lectures that examine the struggles and triumphs of women artists in the Maier collection.  R-MWC Alumnae, Randolph College Alumni, and Maier Members have exclusive access to the lecture series! Attend one, two, or all three virtual lectures.

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Pioneer: Louise Jordan Smith
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Online via Zoom (Download Zoom)

Kathleen Placidi will discuss Louise Jordan Smith, the College’s first professor of art, her role in developing the art collection, the beginnings of the College, and the founding of the annual contemporary exhibition. She will discuss these ideas in the context of the broader issues of women’s rights and the fight for equality in the early 20th century. Virtual Q&A to follow.

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Learn more about Kathleen Placidi:

Art historian Kathleen Placidi has a Master’s degree in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and carried out additional graduate study at the doctoral level in the field of American art at the University of Virginia. She has taught art history courses at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, Sweet Briar College, and Randolph College/Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, on topics ranging from Asian art, to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and European art, to modern and contemporary art. In addition to teaching in a classroom setting, she is interested in how museums research and interpret their collections to the public. She has worked as an historic interpreter and in the curatorial department at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, and has given public talks at a number of museums, including the Maier Museum of Art, where she has recently been involved in docent training.  Kathleen is also an experienced fundraiser, who has worked as a development officer at her alma mater, Case Western Reserve University, at Monticello, and at Sweet Briar College, where she currently serves as the Grants Officer, helping raise funds for faculty research and college-wide initiatives.

Contact the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations,, 434.947.8102, with questions or for more information.


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