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Pioneer in Visual Arts Visits SMCM March 5

Rosler Will Deliver the Margaret Brent Lecture
February 17, 2010
Press Release #10-014


Contemporary artist and committed feminist/activist Martha Rosler will deliver the Margaret Brent Lecture Friday, March 5, 2010, at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM). Her talk will be at 8:15 p.m. in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary's Hall. A reception will follow on the second floor of the River Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

A native of Brooklyn, Rosler is a pioneer in the field of visual arts. She first came to national prominence in the late 1960s with the strength of her anti-Vietnam work "Bringing the War Home," a series of collages that brought together imagery from consumer magazines (largely aimed at women) with violent images of the war.  The series was so powerful that in 2004 she revived it to address the conflict in Iraq.

The bi-annual Margaret Brent Lecture Series honors Margaret Brent, a colonial Englishwoman who asked Maryland's General Assembly for voting rights in 1648. Her request was denied. Rosler, says Joe Lucchesi, associate professor and chair of the art and art history department at St. Mary's, is the embodiment of Brent. "Rosler is singularly influential in developing and promoting the idea of video art as a vehicle of political commentary and protest," he said.  "Throughout her distinguished career, she has remained an unwaveringly committed advocate of women's issues and a forceful artistic voice on other political issues, from Vietnam to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and from homelessness to the economic and cultural effects of free trade policies."

Rosler, a long-time faculty member at Rutgers University, has published several books and her art works have appeared in exhibitions around the world.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities, and an SAT average for student admissions of 1848. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.