Dates: March 19, 2024

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Balboa Park 1549 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101

Lunch and Learn: Artists Have to Eat Too!

The History and Controversy of Female Employment in the New Deal Art Projects

In 1933 the federal government began the first of four fine art projects which employed artists across the county until 1943. These projects and the artists who worked for them elevated the status of American art internationally and left an enduring legacy of American Scene art nationally. Dr. Jennifer Hernandez, curator of San Diego’s New Deal Renaissance: An Artist’s Experience, will discuss her research on Belle Baranceanu and other women artists active during the New Deal era and explain why this period was such a remarkable time in terms of employment, equity, and career advancement.

About the Presenter
Dr. Jennifer Hernandez is a historian and author of Belle Baranceanu: Life, Art, and the New Deal Renaissance. She is also the curator of San Diego’s New Deal Renaissance: An Artist’s Experience, an Adjunct Professor of History at San Diego Mesa College and a National Associate for the Living New Deal project based at U.C. Berkeley. She received her B.A. from San Francisco State University, M.A. from the University of San Diego and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. She also curated Belle Baranceanu: The La Jolla Murals and her work has been featured in the American Art Review.

Ticket price includes lunch:
SDHC Member $25
Non-Member $30

All contributions and bequests are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal and state law. The Women’s Museum of California is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation. Tax ID is 95-3893212.

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