Symposium II – A Strong Legacy Continued: The Women’s Movement from Gertrude Fiske to Today

Poster image courtesy of Jodi EdwardsOn September 22, 2018, Portsmouth Historical Society hosts the 2nd Gertrude Fiske Symposium. This Symposium is designed to build upon some of the social themes explored in our 2018 exhibition, Gertrude Fiske: American Master, and create a community conversation, reflecting on the Women’s Movement from First Wave to the present. In this symposium we have gathered a group of phenomenal women who have fought for their own rights and subsequently the rights of women everywhere. It is our goal to learn from them, engage with them, and ultimately be inspired by them to contribute to the advancement of the freedom and rights of all people.

The symposium will run from 9:00 – 3:00 with coffee and refreshments provided.
Tickets are $40 (Members) and $50 (Non-members).
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Lainey McCartney will welcome everyone, thank our speakers, and provide some brief context to the significance of this symposium.

The Portsmouth Historical Society is proud to present exhibitions of national importance and local relevance such as Gertrude Fiske: American Master. We hope to engage and inspire our visitors with beautiful and thought provoking artwork but we also hope to go beyond mere display and become a gathering place of ideas. Gertrude Fiske was a phenomenal artist who surpassed many of her better known male contemporaries in accolades, awards, and professional and popular recognition, and yet, her story and her work have been essentially forgotten by history. Fiske was devoted to her artwork, her independence, and the rights of all women. The themes and passions of Gertrude Fiske’s life are as relevant today as they were in the early 20th century. The rights of women have improved greatly over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries but there is still much more work to be done.

9:00 – 9:10 Coffee & Refreshments
9:10 – 9:20 Lainey McCartney – Introduction
9:20 – 10:00 Martha Fuller Clark – Keynote
10:00 – 10:30 Mara Witzling – Name Five Women Artists – Moving Beyond the Challenge
10:30 – 10:40 Break
10:40 – 11:10 Nicole Carrier and Annette Lee of Throwback Brewery – The Culture and Inclusiveness of the Craft Beer Industry
11:10 – 11:40 Dudley Dudley – Aristotle Onassis and career in politics
11:40 – 12:00 Jodi Edwards – The 2017 Women’s March and art as social activism
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Susan Strickler – A Life Made in Art: Maud Briggs Knowlton, Artist, Educator and Museum Director
1:30 – 2:00 Kabria Baumgartner – Lois M. Jones and Gertrude Fiske: Women in the Boston Artistic Community
2:00 – 2:30 Seacoast Masters Today: Sydney Bella Sparrow, Pamela duLong Williams, and Amy Brnger – Women in the Arts
2:30 – 3:00 Group Panel – Questions and Answers
Crystal Paradis – Panel Moderator

With thanks to our generous event sponsor