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Georgian Court Explores Works of Revolutionary Women Painters

Popular Dinner Lecture Series Offers Food for the Mind and Palate

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 25, 2011—Georgian Court University offers a glimpse into the life and work of four women painters who broke new ground for their gender with “Breaking the Mold: Women Painters,” a multimedia presentation, on Friday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. Part of Georgian Court’s popular Adventures in the Arts: Dinner and an Artist series, a complete Continental dinner will be served. Enjoy dessert and coffee during the presentation.

“I think people will enjoy hearing about these women painters who were caught up in the unique histories of their times. We have Romantic French painters Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, who was the official painter for Marie Antoinette and had to flee when the Revolution began, along with her counterpart Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, who worked for the revolutionaries, even painting Maximilien Robespierre,” says Lisa Festa, Ph.D., GCU assistant professor of art, who will be your travel guide on this armchair journey.

“Then we have Neoclassical painter Angelica Kauffmann, who, despite her Swiss heritage, was one of the founders of the British Royal Academy. And our other French painter, Rosa Bonheur, was a Realist who was brought up with the very unique religion of Saint-Simonianism—followers of which believed in a female Messiah.”

Dr. Festa will also present two more lectures as part of this ongoing Friday night series this spring:

  • “Raphael” on April 1
  • “Gustave Courbet” on May 6

All Dinner and an Artist events are $37 per person and take place in the North Dining Room on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. To reserve your place, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

About the Painters
Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755–1842) was a rare female member of the Academie Royale. Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749–1803), who was also a member of the Academie Royale, enrolled at the Academie de St. Luc at the age of 20. Rosa Bonheur (1822–1899) disdained traditional female conventions, and Angelica Kauffmann (1741–1807) spearheaded the establishment of the British Royal Academy.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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