Carol Buck, History Curator at The State Museum of Pennsylvania and author of “Violet Oakley, American Artist, Modern Day Activist,” will discuss the Red Rose Girls: Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954), Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935), and Violet Oakley (1874-1961). This group of artists became life-long friends, lived, worked and inspired one another and challenged the art world’s gender bias to become successful artists in their own right. Light refreshments will be served and original documents will be on display.
Carol Buck has been a Special Projects Curator at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, since 2014. Although this position allows her to work with many different collections at the museum, her expertise is in art history. Carol received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art & Art History from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, where her lectures there included Concepts of the Female and Notions of Power in African Art and Late-Renaissance Women as Patrons of Architecture. Her Master’s Degree, from The Pennsylvania State University, is in American Studies. During her tenure, No Man’s Land: The Question of Gender in Punk Music 1973-1977 was selected for presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Pop Culture conference in Boston. Her degree culminated in a thesis entitled Violet Oakley, American Artist, Modern Day Activist.
While at The State Museum, Carol has been involved with leading various Artist’s Conversations in the yearly Art of the State exhibit as well as lead tours of exhibits including Pennsylvania Modern: A Juried Photography Exhibition of Midcentury Modern Architecture and the Inaugural Exhibit of Pennsylvania Arts, which recognized the inauguration of Governor Tom Wolf. For this special exhibition, The State Museum borrowed from many institutions throughout Pennsylvania and highlighted artwork by Thomas Eakins, Cecelia Beaux, Andrew Wyeth and of course Violet Oakley.