Nell Painter - OLD IN ART SCHOOL

Start: 
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: 
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Nell Painter will be in conversation with Eepi Chad, Youth & Community Outreach Coordinator at Art League Houston.

One of O's Top Books of Summer

"Old in Art School is a glorious achievement--bighearted and critical, insightful and entertaining. This book is a cup of courage for everyone who wants to change their lives." --Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow

Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school--in her sixties--to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived.

How are women and artists seen and judged by their age, looks, and race? What does it mean when someone says, "You will never be an artist"? Who defines what "An Artist" is and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference?

Old in Art School is Nell Painter's ongoing exploration of those crucial questions. Bringing to bear incisive insights from two careers, Painter weaves a frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art.


NELL PAINTER is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. Her acclaimed works of history include Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth, and the New York Times bestseller The History of White People, which have received widespread attention for their insights into how we have historically viewed and translated ideas of gender, value, hierarchy, and race. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her visual artwork has been shown at numerous galleries and in many collections, including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Gallery Aferro. She lives in Newark, New Jersey and the Adirondacks.

Eepi Chaad is a working studio artist, arts access advocate, and an environmentalist. Each passion feeds the other and this has informed her mission. After studying architecture at the University of Houston with a focus on sustainability, Eepi decided to shift her career path to focus on a different way supporting healthy social practices. She worked to develop her personal artistic practice while concurrently working in arts outreach by creating continuing professional development programming for artists and arts educators. Eepi spent time as a residency coordinator & teaching artist for an eco-art non-profit on the Gulf Coast that bridged the gap between arts access and ecology through public art projects and outdoor adventures to promote conservation of coastal margins. Eepi was recently selected as one of the first resident artists for the City of Houston, where she worked with immigrant and refugee populations to create communal art as an exercise in creative placemaking. Most recently, Eepi has joined Art League Houston where she is spearheading the growth of the organization’s outreach and arts access programming. Eepi believes that just like art, every community is built of ingenuity & creativity therefore these practices must be utilized in tandem to grow a successful and healthy society for all.

Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640090613
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 19th, 2018