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Sunny Skies and Starry Nights: The Short Life and Timeless Art of Vincent van Gogh


Lecturer, Barbara J. Johnston, Ph.D.
Monday, June 15th
4 pm - 5 pm

Online with Zoom

The epitome of the creative genius, Vincent van Gogh has become a mythic figure today. Who is this young man with the bristling red hair and the haunted eyes, this will-o-the-wisp we know as Vincent van Gogh? How can we know, if he didn’t know himself? He did 43 self-portraits in five years, as if constantly seeking his true self behind the various personas these paintings project. This lecture will examine Vincent's short life and captivating works to provide a deeper understanding of this enigmatic artist.


Dr. Barbara J. Johnston is a native of North Miami, Florida, but spent most of her adult life in the Richmond, Virginia area. She earned two undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Art History, and a Masters degree in Art History and Museum Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was also an adjunct Art History professor. In addition, Barbara was on the faculty of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for over ten years, offering classes and public lectures on a variety of art historical topics as the Paul Mellon Arts in Education lecturer. After earning her doctorate degree in Art History at Florida State University, Barbara was a Visiting Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History at the College of William and Mary before moving to Columbus, Georgia in 2008 to join the Art History faculty at Columbus State University, where she is a tenured Associate Professor. Barbara  specializes in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art, although she gives public lectures on a wide variety of topics, including Modernist Art, Non-Western Art and Architecture, and the focus of her personal scholarship, Mary Magdalene in the visual arts.  

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A Zoom link will be sent out on Sunday, June 14th before the lecture on Monday.

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