Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
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WAI Visiting Art Historians Patricia Briggs and Diane Mullin present women’s art and feminist theory from prehistory to today in two hours. 

About the presenters:

Patricia Briggs is an arts writer, independent curator, and art historian. Most recently, from 2013 to 2019, she served as director and curator of the Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She recently left the Weeks Gallery to move with her family to Washington, DC for her wife’s new job. From 2011 to 2013, Briggs served as director and curator of the art galleries at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Previously, Briggs spent more than a decade serving as a full lecturer, assistant, and associate professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) where she taught contemporary art and criticism. A contributor to Artforum International, Briggs’s writing appears also in History of PhotographyWomen’s Art JournalSenses and SocietyArt on Paper, and other print and online journals. In addition to her regular curatorial duties, she has independently curated exhibitions for the Weisman Art Museum, Phipps Center for the Arts, Plains Art Museum, and the Tweed Museum of Art. She received her PhD in art history from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. 

Diane Mullin is Senior Curator at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota. She earned her PhD in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis. Her curatorial and scholarly work focuses on modern and contemporary art. From 1998 to 2004 she was a member of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) faculty in Liberal Arts. As director of MCAD Gallery (2002-2004) she also ran the MCAD/McKnight and MCAD/Jerome fellowship programs. Her exhibitions include Paul Shambroom: Picturing PowerCommon Sense: Art and the Quotidian, and Piotr Szyhalski: First We Survey Then We Dig. She has published in a number of journals including ArtReview, Public Art Review, Art South Africa, Flash Art, New Art Examiner, and caareviews. Her “Working All the Time: Artistic Citizenship in the 21st Century” was recently published in the anthology A Handbook of Artistic Citizenship, Oxford University Press.

This presentation is in conjunction with the exhibition With, Through, and Beyond: Visiting Artists Celebrate 20 Years of the Women's Art Institute and other events coordinated with St. Catherine University honoring the 20th anniversary of the Women's Art Institute. For more information, please visit