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The Artist-Soldier Experience during World War I


Thursday, Sept 27: The Artist-Soldier Experience during World War I

Lecture with Dr. Ranelle Knight-Lueth, Assistant Professor Art History and Director of Galleries and Collections at Coe College

At the beginning of World War I, many artists--both American and European--believed they were given the opportunity of a lifetime:  to experience war on an epic scale. Those experiences could serve as inspiration in the creative process, but the opportunities for artists varied. Some served in the ranks while others were commissioned by governments, both at home and abroad. These opportunities and the artworks produced by artists will be discussed, revealing how art was used as therapy, as communication, and as weapons during the Great War.

 

Bio:

Ranelle Knight-Lueth received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2015. Her dissertation topic was on the combat art of World War I, for which she received national fellowships from the Center of Military History and the Norman Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. Since then, she has researched and lectured on other arts created during the Great War, and she currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Art History and the Director of Galleries and Collections at Coe College.





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