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Visual Arts Lecture Series

The Visual Arts Lecture Series has returned for the 2015 season! Mark your calendar for our six week series beginning January 19, 2015.

For over 20 years, the Visual Arts Program of the Foothills Community Foundation has invited qualified speakers to present talks on a variety of subjects of interest to the art world. Again this year we promise not to disappoint; our lectures will cover a wide variety of interesting art topics.

All lectures are held at the Holland Community Center. A wine and cheese reception begins at 3:30 pm and lectures start at 4:00 pm and typically last about an hour. 

Please Join Us!

January 19, 2015


The Apache are Athapascan speaking people who arrived in the Southwest sometime  between 1000 and 1500 A.D., migrating from western Canada where there are still Athapascan speaking people.  They separated, moved to different locals, adapted to each environment and kept contact with other Indian peoples.  Learn their history, location and some of their traditions, housing, clothing, food, arts and crafts and present day occupations.

Presented by Elinor Rothberg

Docent, Heard Museum

January 26, 2015

Art at the Sky Train

Walking on beautiful artist designed floors and passing handmade glass murals is one of the most striking aspects of a visit to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Sky Train. Created by local artists, these works bring a new perspective to the airport experience.  Experience a behind the scenes look at the design and creation of these monumental works.  Learn the details of how studio artists from the Valley expanded their practice into integrated artworks in the train station platforms and connecting spaces.

Presented by Rebecca Blume Rothman

Public Art Project Manager, City of Phoenix

February 2, 2015

Breaking Bread

Sharing a meal was an important part of the Hebrew culture, therefore many well-known Biblical events took place around the table, the Last Supper being the most famous. But there were others which tell fascinating stories as they reveal surprising facts about the activities and personalities of the people who were the “players” in our Biblical history.  For centuries the great painters of the world have visually told the stories, portraying the events from various points of view, yet with amazing insight. Some quite poignant, some a little shocking, some are told with a sense of humor and many overwhelmingly thought provoking

February 9, 2015

Camille Claudel

Learn about Camille Claudel (1864-1943), a French sculptress who was active during the latter part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century. Soon after her arrival in Paris, she began working in the studio of      Auguste Rodin and for several years she had both a professional and personal relationship with the sculptor. She then forged an independent career of her own which unfortunately was cut short by personal tragedy.

Presented by Cathie Rubins

Docent, Phoenix Art Museum

February 16, 2015

Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!  Wildlife Art from Around the World

From the earliest artistic renderings of bison in prehistoric caves in France, to birds and butterflies in Chinese painting, to bears and elk in the American West, artists have used paintings and sculptures of wildlife to communicate the relationship between man and nature.

Presented by Nancy Millman

Docent, Phoenix Art Museum

February 23, 2015

Greatest Art Looting Operation of the 20thC...Nazi Art Looting during WWII

We’ve all heard stories of the mass killing of millions of people, the bombings and the devastation of the cities, but not many of us know the extent of the Nazi’s art looting during WWII.  We will look at the Nazi’s lust for art and their programmed looting and pillage of Europe.

Presented by Maureen Chestnut

Visual Arts Program

All lectures are held at the Holland Community Center beginning at 4:00 pm and last approximately 1 hour. Wine and cheese reception begins at 3:30 pm.

Purchase tickets online at azfcf.org or by phone (480) 488-1090 for the entire series or for individual lectures.

Price per Ticket:
FCF Members $10.00
Non Members $15.00

Booking FCF
Holland CC

Our facilities are available for use by our members and public events.

For additional information please call (480) 488-1090 or email info@azfcf.org