First in Their Field: Alice Guy-Blache

Alice Guy-Blache was a pioneer in filmmaking and was the first directors to make a narrative fiction film.

From 1896 to 1906 Guy-Blache was most likely the only female filmmaker in the world. She got her start at age 21 when she took a job as a secretary for a photography company run by Leon Gaumont. After she saw a demonstration of a projected film by Auguste and Louis Lumiere she asked Gaumont if she could borrow a camera in order to make her own film.

5 Groundbreaking Women Artists


For Women’s History Month we are highlighting 5 of the women whose portraits you can currently see in our exhibit, Groundbreaking Girls featuring the art of Allison Adams.

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