VBMA Distinguished Professor Lecture hosts Univ. of Virginia Feb. 23

VERO BEACH — The 2011 Distinguished Professor Lecture Series at the Vero Beach Museum of Art presents its fifth lecture of the series on Wednesday, February 23 at 2 pm. The lecture co-presented by the University of Virginia will be “Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction” given by Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Provost for the Arts, University of Virginia. Alumni of featured schools enjoy the Museum membership price for this series. The cost for individual lecture tickets is $20 for the general public and $15 for Museum members and alumni.

Although painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), a central figure in 20th-century art, is best known for simplified images of recognizable objects, her contributions to American abstraction over the course of her long career were radical. Her approach – in paintings, drawings, and watercolors – was determined in 1915, when she decided that her art would record her feelings, rather than the appearance of things. For the remainder of her career, she looked to art, whether abstract or objective, to express emotions for which words seemed inadequate.

The 2011 Distinguished Professor Series also features these upcoming lectures: March 2 -“Reflections on Museums, Learning, Education and Art, John S. Weber, Ph.D., Dayton Director, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College; March 9 -“Paint that Came from Tubes or Pots”: A New Look at Color and Impressionism, Laura A. Kalba, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art Department, Smith College.

To register call (772) 231-0707, ext. 136, visit the Museum, or register online at  www.verobeachmuseum.org.

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