Gilbert Presents Talk at Midwest Women Artists Symposium

Gregory Gilbert (Art and Art History) presented a talk at the 4th Biennial Midwest Women Artists Symposium at Bradley University on Friday, November 3, 2017. The symposium was sponsored by the Illinois Women Artists Project and the Art and Art History Department at Bradley University. It received major funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Driehaus Foundation. Gilbert’s talk was titled “Clare Smith and the Influence of Atelier 17 on Printmaking in Illinois.” Smith was a local Galesburg artist, who graduated from Knox with a degree in Studio Art and French in the early 1970s at the age of 63. She later studied printmaking for extended periods at the famous Atelier 17 in Paris. The atelier had been established by the British Surrealist Stanley William Hayter and was operated in both Paris and New York City and trained a number of renowned artists in printmaking including Picasso, Miro, Pollock, Motherwell and Louise Bourgeois. Knox maintains an extensive collection of Smith’s personal archives and artworks.