Summer Arts Society: American Journey

Susan Rosoff


May 6:  Yosemite: Majestic Mountains and Canyons

Yosemite has long been a favorite among the national parks. The first person to photograph it was Carleton Watkins, who inspired Albert Bierstadt. Like Bierstadt, Ansel Adams was transfixed by Yosemite’s impressive scenery. Modernists Chiura Obata and Marguerite Zorach looked at Yosemite in a way that revealed their more emotional response to the land. See Yosemite from exciting and different points of view.

June 10:  New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

When we think of art that depicts New Mexico, Georgia O’Keeffe comes to mind as the woman who felt that it was a land of enchantment. We’ll look at her iconic canvases along with landscapes painted by friends and colleagues: Marsden Hartley, John Marin and John Sloan. Be enchanted all over again.

June 24: Massachusetts: Cape Cod

Cape Cod provided inspiration for many artists, including Edward and Jo Hopper and Edwin Dickinson. Joel Meyerowitz took tantalizing color photographs that capture Provincetown’s unique beauty. Other artists, including the undersung Blanche Lazell, focused on printmaking. Hans Hofmann, Milton Avery, Robert Motherwell, and Helen Frankenthaler also held forth in Provincetown, and their abstractions give sensorial experiences.


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About Susan Rosoff

Susan Rosoff is the founder and managing member of Susan Merrill Rosoff, Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC and co-author of Teaching Through the Arts, Writing, Volume 1.  Previously she served as Curator of Education at Orlando Museum of Art, where she developed many award-winning programs for adults, including outreach programs for seniors in assisted living facilities and adults suffering from memory loss, as well as lectures, workshops, seminars, and art appreciation classes. In partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF) she taught graduate and undergraduate art history classes based on the Orlando Museum of Art's contemporary art exhibitions.  As an adjunct instructor at UCF she also taught Twentieth Century Art, Art of the Last Twenty-Five Years and Non-Western Art.  She continues to develop educational material for museums, while directing and coordinating projects through the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE), and working with teachers on arts integration. Rosoff holds a B.A. in English from Briarcliff College, and an M.A. in art museum studies from Norwich University.  
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