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Talks & LEctures

Talks and demonstrations by exhibiting artists provide the community with insight into an exhibiting artist’s work and process. Lectures by local and regional art historians shed light on contemporary concerns and current issues and provide the public with opportunities for discussion and engagement with the visual arts. 


Upcoming Talks & LECTURES

Gina Werfel, Fabric

Artists Talk with Gina Werfel &
Hearne Pardee
Saturday, March 16 | 3 – 4:30 PM
Free, suggested $10 donation

Join us at the Pence as Gina Werfel and Hearne Pardee discuss their process and inspiration behind their respective recent paintings in the exhibit Fragments, on display February 9 – April 2, 2024. No registration required.

Sponsored by Tom Doyle & Kathy Joseph, and Rosa Marquez & Yatish Mishra

Art History Lecture Series: Allison Grenda
Saturday, March 23 | 1-2 PM via Zoom
Free, suggested $10 donation

The Parthenon Through the Ages: From Ancient Rituals to Modern Controversies

Originally built in the 5th century BCE as a temple to the goddess Athena, the Parthenon in Athens has undergone multiple drastic evolutions over the past two and a half millennia. In this talk, Allison Grenda (PhD Candidate, History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) will trace the history of the monument and explore how its architectural and ideological changes have repeatedly placed it at the center of conflict, controversy, and most recently, debates over cultural patrimony.

Edward Dodwell

Art History Lecture Series: Talinn Grigor
Saturday, April 6 | 1-2 PM via Zoom
Free, suggested $10 donation

“Minor” Architects

Talinn Grigor, Professor of Art History at University of California Davis, will explore why, given the staunchly nationalist policies of the 1920s-30s, many of the indigenous architects of Iran’s Modern Movement came from the ranks of the country’s religious and gender minorities, including Christian Armenians and Baha’is.

Are you passionate about education? Support the Pence by sponsoring an an artist talk, art history lecture, our ArtSmart series, or another educational program. Email Katharine Schultz at [email protected] for more information.