Greensboro College’s Tannenbaum-Sternberger Colloquium Features Alumna Speaking on Pioneering Woman Artist (3/30/2017)

March 30, 2017 10:53 am
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro College’s Tannenbaum-Sternberger Colloquium Series will feature author and alumna Jann Haynes Gilmore ’68 at 3 p.m. Friday, April 7, in Campbell Lyceum, 109 Proctor Hall West on campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Gilmore will be speaking on “Olive Rush in the Context of the New Woman’s Movement: One Woman’s Application of Social Reform.” Her presentation will be final installment of this academic year’s series, which has focused on social justice and free speech.

Born in 1873, Olive Rush was the first independent woman artist in the early-20th-century art colony in Santa Fe, N.M., as well as one of that colony’s last survivors, dying in 1966. She is the subject of Gilmore’s most recent book, “Olive Rush: Finding Her Place in the Santa Fe Art Colony,” published in October by Museum of New Mexico Press.

That book has just won the Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award, given annually by the Historical Society of New Mexico for an outstanding publication or significant contribution by individuals or organizations to the creative arts, as related to New Mexico history.

Rush, who began her career as a magazine illustrator, eventually became one of the country’s foremost women artists, and one who worked to bring exposure to the work of others, including Native Americans.

Gilmore is the author of several other books, including “Doors of Fame: A History of the Rehoboth Art League,” “Greetings from Delaware and Other Artist Communities: The Jann Haynes Gilmore and B. Joyce Puckett Collection of Artist Greeting Cards,” and “Almost Forgotten: Delaware Women Artists and Art Patrons, 1900-1950.”

In addition to her roles as an independent author and curator, Gilmore has served as a program officer and acting director for programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities and has held staff positions with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gilmore has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Greensboro College and has served the college on the Alumni Board, the former Board of Visitors, and the Board of Trustees.

She received a B.A. in studio art and American literature from Greensboro College and an M.A. in art history and Ph.D. in American Architectural History and Landscape Architecture, both from the University of Georgia.

The Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation is a private foundation that strives to improve the quality of life for the people of Guilford County, N.C., by funding projects that make a difference in the lives of the people in the community.

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 18-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities.


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