“One Vast Studio”: American Artists in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris | Newberry

“One Vast Studio”: American Artists in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris

Led by Tricia Scanlan
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Six sessions, Wednesdays, April 14 - May 19

2 - 3:30 pm (Central Time)

Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

After the Civil War, hundreds of American artists flocked to Paris to enroll in its prestigious art schools and academies, study the great masterpieces of the Louvre, and encounter avant-garde French art. We will examine the careers and works of artists such as Thomas Eakins, James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent and consider the broader cultural and economic motivations behind their Parisian training, as well as its lasting legacy in their art and teaching.

Six sessions. Registration – $210

Tricia Smith Scanlan earned her PhD in art history from Indiana University, specializing in American art and visual culture. She has worked at the Indiana University Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught art history at Indiana University and DePaul University.

Materials List


  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.