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Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

Art historian to give illustrated lecture
on Artemisia's Hand at URI

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 22, 2003 -- Artemisia's Hand, an illustrated lecture by Mary D. Garrard, professor of art history at The American University, will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island. The presentation, free and open to the public, will be held in the Cherry Auditorium, Kirk Engineering Building, Upper College Road, Kingston campus.

Garrard will examine the 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi's depiction of hands as a sign both of her expressive predilections and of her own artistic "hand" in order to resolve certain vexed attribution problems. She will offer three new examples, in works by or about Artemisia, in which the painter signals her artistic presence through subtle and witty gestures of the hand.

Garrard is the author of Artemisia Gentileschi Around 1622: The Shaping and Reshaping of an Artistic Identity (2001), Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art (1991), editor with Norma Broude of Feminism and Art History: Questioning the Litany (1982), The Expanding Discourse: Feminism and Art History (1992), and The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s, History and Impact (1994), as well as numerous articles.

Among her many distinctions, Garrard has been honored by the College Art Association Committee on Women for a body of work representing "pioneering feminist scholarship," and the National Organization for Women, Virginia chapter, for scholarly and professional contributions to the history of women in the arts. She currently serves on the editorial board of Woman's Art Journal and the Education Advisory Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Garrard's lecture is co-sponsored by the URI Honors Program and Visiting Scholars Committee, the URI Department of Art, the Italian section of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the Program in Women's Studies, and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For further information, contact the URI Department of Art at 401-874-5821.

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