Celebrating Women Artists in the White House Collection
Join the White House Historical Association for an exploration of women artists in the White House Collection. Our speakers highlight both popular and lesser-known female painters, sculptors, and portraitists whose work is on display at the White House, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt, and Alma Thomas. The discussion also spotlights artistic first ladies throughout White House history.
The program is introduced by the Senior VP and Director of The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, Dr. Colleen Shogan, and presented by White House Historian Sarah Fling. The program includes an approximately 30-minute PowerPoint presentation then Q&A. You may learn more about the collection of art in the White House in advance of the presentation here.
This presentation is sponsored by The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, which serves as the research and education hub for the White House Historical Association. David M. Rubenstein ’70 is a Trustee Emeritus (serving as Chair from 2013-2021) and a tireless advocate for Duke students, faculty and alumni.
Colleen joined the Association in the winter of 2020 after almost fifteen years of federal government service. She previously worked in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Colleen is the Vice Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and teaches at Georgetown University in the Government Department.
She is the previous President of the National Capital Area Political Science Association and served on the American Political Science Association (APSA) Council, the governing body of the organization. Her research focuses on the American presidency, presidential rhetoric, women in politics, and Congress. A native of Pittsburgh, she holds a BA in Political Science from Boston College and a Ph.D. in American Politics from Yale University, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Cross and Crown, and the United States Capitol Historical Society’s Council of Scholars.
Sarah received her M.A. in Public History from American University in 2021 and her B.A. in History from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019. She joined the White House Historical Association in 2019 as a History Fellow and previously held internships at historic sites including George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Frick Pittsburgh. She specializes in material culture and nineteenth-century gender history.