Nancy Elizabeth Prophet is one of the important Rhode Island artists long forgotten. In 2014 I did a lecture on the artist at the Providence Athenaeum. This year, the lecture has been dusted off for another presentation at the “Stage of Freedom” venue in downtown Providence. Seating is very limited but the event is free so sign up and find out more on Nancy Elizabeth Prophet.
Historic Artist Lecture: Struggle, Strength and Dignity, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890 – 1960) by Catherine Little Bert
Thursday, November 30 @ 5:30 pm
Stages of Freedom 10 Westminister Street in downtown Providence
Registration required for this free event, call for details.
There were many obstacles for artists in America in the early 20th century but for an African American and a woman the challenges were momentous. Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890 – 1960) did not balk at discrimination and societal mores, she confronted them directly across all fronts – art training, European study, exhibition opportunities, awards and employment. These accomplishments did not come without great personal pain, sacrifice and isolation but the Rhode Island artist persevered and created some of the most remarkable sculpture in the early 20th Century documenting her legacy as an African American and as a woman.
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