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Michener celebrates 35th anniversary with lecture series

Learn about Katharine Steele Renninger and the Nakashima Studio

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the James A. Michener Art Museum presents a lecture series with leading experts on the most influential artists in its collection.

“The Michener is rooted in the belief that art transforms individuals, communities and, ultimately, societies. With great art, education for all ages and outreach into our region, especially our schools, the museum has a clear opportunity to inspire current and future generations like never before,” said Virginia W. Sigety, chair, board of trustees.

The museum is offering two lectures in the spring, with additional talks in the fall:

Liz Sheehan on Katharine Steele Renninger, Friday, April 21, at 2 p.m. Renninger was a local artist and founding member of both the Bucks County Council for the Arts and the Michener Art Museum. She had a deep commitment to the arts and her community. Independent curator Sheehan, who curated Renninger’s retrospective at the Michener in 2016, will discuss her artistry and legacy. Sheehan will share stories about Renninger, her work and style. Works currently not on display will be available for viewing, in addition to selections of her many sketchbooks that reside in the Michener archives.

Mira Nakashima on the Nakashima Studio, Friday, May 26, at 2 p.m. The Nakashima name is synonymous with artistry and woodworking skills, and few can equal the quality of work created by George Nakashima and his daughter Mira Nakashima. Michener’s Nakashima Reading Room was created in recognition of the importance of their work and their unique contribution to woodworking artistry.

Visit michenerartmuseum.org/programs-events/general-programs/ for more information.

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