A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists from the Middle Ages to Today | Newberry

A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists from the Middle Ages to Today

Led by Margaret Farr. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Thursdays, September 24 - November 5 (Class will not meet on October 8)

2 - 4 pm

Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

As a precaution to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars Program’s Fall 2020 term will continue to be held virtually. Virtual seminars meet via Zoom video conference and use email and Google Drive folders to share resources and communicate with instructors and participants. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars and these tools, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please feel free to reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

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Seminar Description

This seminar surveys the achievements of women in the visual arts from the Middle Ages to the present. Besides exploring the artistic development of individual artists in Western culture, we will examine the conditions and contexts in which these artists worked, and their relationships to society and to each other. Additionally, we will consider how their works related to the broader artistic concerns of their times.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Margaret Farr is an art historian who has worked at the Art Institute of Chicago for over 22 years and has taught at numerous colleges and universities. A specialist in 19th-century art, her interests include modern and contemporary art. She currently is an adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute.

Materials List


  • Anne Truitt, Daybook: The Journal of an Artist. Scribner, 2013. ISBN: 978-1476740980.

  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins.

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read Linda Nochlin’s essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” from Women, Art, and Power and Other Essays (a digital file of this reading will be sent with the email confirming your registration).

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.