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Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120 or 868-1067

Art Historian  Eleanor Munro to Present Public Lectures at Centenary Nov. 15 and 16

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Art historian Eleanor Munro, author of Originals: American Women Artists, will give a slide presentation on women in art at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Centenary College's Meadows Museum.  She will sign copies of her book at a reception following her talk.

Eleanor Munro

The author also of  On Glory Roads: A Pilgrim's Book About Pilgrimage, Munro will give a slide presentation on religious shrines in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East at 4 p.m., Wednesday,  Nov. 15 at the Meadows Museum. 

Both events are free and open to the public.  Signed copies of her books will also be available at the Meadows Museum Gift Shop.

Based on personal interviews with many of its subjects, Originals takes a psychological as well as esthetic approach to three generations of American women artists.  This landmark study was named one of the Notable Books of 1979 by The New York Times.  A new, expanded paperback edition was published this year.

On Glory Roads, an account of Munro's travels to sites of religious pilgrimage in India, Java, Israel, and Spain, was named one of the Notable Books of 1987 by The New York Times.

Munro is also the author of an autobiography, Memoir of a Modernist's Daughter, published in 1989.  In her memoir she explores her girlhood spent "in the shadow of an intellectually confident father," a well-known philosopher in Cleveland, Ohio, whose ideas "alternately seduced and repelled" her.

Munro is visiting Centenary under the auspices of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, N.J.  During her weeklong residency at Centenary, she will be lecturing to classes in art history, religion, English and psychology.

A native of Cleveland, Munro was educated at Smith College, the Sorbonne and Columbia University.  She was an associate editor of Art News during the 1950s.  She is the author of numerous articles and reviews.

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