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Book Club: Old in Art School by Nell Painter

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Akron Art Museum

1 South High Street

Akron, OH 44308

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Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school—in her 60s—to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, finds meaning in the artists she loves even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived. This compelling memoir addresses identity issues, such as age and race, while exploring what it means to be an artist.

Join Akron Art Museum librarian Ted Pitts for a discussion of the book and a tour of Nick Cave: Feat.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Copies of Old in Art School are available for purchase in the museum shop.

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