Helen Klebesadel, a painter and women’s studies scholar, will exhibit her work, give public talks, teach classes in art and in women’s studies and meet with faculty and students as a Center for Humanities and Arts Visiting Artist, Feb. 7-11, at UGA.
Klebesadel uses rich, complex watercolors, layered with references to art history, myth, literary and social theories, cultural icons, folklore, and personal experience to explore questions of individual identity and cultural expectation. An accomplished artist and articulate explicator, she is recognized by both students and colleagues as an outstanding teacher.
Her exhibition, Social Patterns: Paintings by Helen Klebesadel, will be on display Feb. 7-25 at the Tate Student Center. Her public talks will include a conversation, titled “Using Art to Find Voice,” with students in the Brumby Hall Rotunda on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.; the CHA Lecture “The Personal Is Political: Art as Women’s Studies Research,” takes place Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in 116 visual arts building; and the Women’s Studies Brown Bag Lunch, “Remember Feminist Artists: Using Art to Teach Women’s Studies,” which will be held in room 250 of the Student Learning Center on Feb. 11 at 12:10 p.m. The talks, approximately one hour in length, are free and open to the public.
Klebesadel received an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 and a certification in women’s studies from UW-M in 1984. She is director of the Women’s Studies Consortium in the University of Wisconsin System and has just finished a three-year term as associate chair and visiting associate professor in the Women’s Studies Program at UW-M.