Converse, Wofford College, the Chapman Cultural Center and Carolina Gallery will present an Art Walk this Thursday, May 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Converse portion, which will take place in Phifer Science Hall, will feature eight works which are part of Brookgreen Gardens Upstate SculpTOUR. There is no cost for admission and everyone is invited to visit. Light refreshments (wine, beer and chips) will be served.
The works at Converse are from American women artists – each with their own fascinating story.
- Charlotte Dunwiddie was the first woman to be elected president of the National Sculpture Society
- Malvina Cornell Hoffman was commissioned in 1930 by Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History to travel and model the various racial segments of the world. The project resulted in the exhibit Races of Man. (Her figure in the exhibit at Converse, Bali Dancer, is a component of Races of Man.)
- Glenna Goodacre is best known as the sculptor of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, DC.
- A permanent gallery of works by Katharine Lane Weems was established at the Boston Museum of Science to show her small animal bronzes and drawings.
- Kristin C. Lothrop, a student of Weems, enjoyed an extraordinary career as a portrait and animal sculptor.
- Leonda Froehlich Finke, a National Academician and a fellow of the National Sculpture Society, is a master of presenting the gamut of experiences that shape the lives of women. “Why focus on women? It’s very much mine. I know from a woman’s experience and do what I know.”
- Madeleine F. Park specialized in modeling animals from life—at the circus, rodeo and zoo, or from her own menagerie at home.
- Brenda Putnam was awarded many monumental commissions in her career including a bust of Susan B. Anthony done for New York University and a memorial to the women of Virginia in Lynchburg.