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Community College Humanities Association (Baltimore, MD 21237-3899)
Kathy A. Fedorko (Project Director: March 2011 to December 2014)
Georgia O'Keeffe: Santa Fe, Abiquiu, and the New Mexico Landscape

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for fifty community college teachers on the history, culture, and landscape of northern New Mexico in the art of Georgia O'Keeffe.

"Georgia O'Keeffe: Santa Fe, Abiquiu, and the New Mexico Landscape" consists of two one?week NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops held during summer 2012 for fifty community college teachers on the art of Georgia O'Keeffe in relation to the history, culture, and landscape of northern New Mexico, where the artist lived and worked for nearly fifty years. Lectures and site study take place in three key locations: Santa Fe, Taos, and Abiquiu. An iconic figure in American art, O'Keeffe is the first American woman to have a museum dedicated to her work. Barbara Buhler Lynes (O'Keeffe Museum and Research Center) places O'Keeffe's art within the context of American Modernism and focuses on her distinctive portrayal of the New Mexico landscape. Virginia Scharff (Center of the Southwest, University of New Mexico) introduces workshop participants to the history of New Mexico and discusses the contribution of women to the region. Joseph Traugott (New Mexico Museum of Art) places O'Keeffe in the larger context of Native American and Spanish art, as reflected in two exhibitions at the museum. Lois Rudnick (University of Massachusetts, Boston) discusses the complex issue of Anglo patronage of Hispanic and Native American art. Finally, Lesley Poling?Kempes, author of books about Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, discusses the historical and cultural significance of these places. Books by all of these scholars occupy a central place in the reading list. In addition to several museums that feature the art of O'Keeffe along with Mexican and Native American works, participants visit places where she lived and worked: her two homes, the Taos Pueblo, the Palace of the Governors, and the San Francisco de Asis Church.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Landmarks of American History for Community Colleges, WTP

Education Programs

$156,400 (approved)
$156,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2011 – 12/31/2013