Upcoming Classes



Exploring Women in Art

Mondays 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 1:00-2:40 pm


Despite accounting for only seven percent of the holdings of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, artworks by women in a range of media—painting and sculpture, photography, even “craft” works traditionally practiced by women—have gained acceptance and respect in the art world. Art provides a deeper, more personal layer to history; understanding women’s important contributions to cultural life is overdue, enriching, and inspiring. You’ll see that women explore the subjects that have been perennial in art: portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, mythology and religious subjects, BUT they also bring new images into art—images found in women’s lives and experiences—children, home life, marriage. And while we find women working in all the styles—all the isms—of Western art over the centuries, they ALSO have also enriched the art repertoire by bringing new materials to art, such as fabric and clay—materials once rejected as mere “craft” supplies.


Fromm Institute at USF

To enroll, contact fromm@usfca.edu


Sunshine and Shadow: California Photography

Wednesdays 5/19, 6/16, 7/14  11:00 am


With its majestic landscapes, fascinating people, and changing culture, California has always attracted the photographic eye. But California photographers have also been pioneers of style, from early evocation of mood to midcentury documentation of reality to contemporary self-conscious art making. Among others, we’ll explore the work of Ansel Adams, Lewis Baltz, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, Larry Sultan, Anthony Hernandez, and Catherine Opie.

Francisca Club not open to public

A Multicultural View of American Art

Wednesdays  6/30, 7/7, 7/21, 7/28 10:00 am

A four-session look at American art—literature, visual arts, and film—by considering works produced by members of the four main racial/ethnic communities in the United States: African American, Asian American, Latinx, and Native American. Focusing primarily on contemporary works, we will study form, content, and context, paying more attention to questions than answers. How do the chosen works constitute themselves as minority-produced art? Do we stick with the “by, for, about” definition? Or should these necessary conditions be modified in 21st century America? How do the works chosen for this course fit into the story of American art, of global contemporary art?   

1. Introduction, and a look at Asian American art

2. Native American art

3. Latinx art

4. African American art

OLLI/Dominican College

To enroll, contact olli@dominican.edu

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IKehinde Wiley, Alexander the Great, 2005


Artemisia Gentileschi, Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, @1610


Ruth Bernhard, Creation, 1939