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Georgia O'Keeffe: Santa Fe, Abiquiu, and the New Mexico Landscape

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 1, 2012

“Georgia O’Keeffe: Santa Fe, Abiquiu, and the New Mexico Landscape”  consists of two one‐week NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops held during summer 2012 for fifty community college teachers on the art of Georgia O’Keeffe in relation to the history, culture, and landscape of northern New Mexico, where the artist lived and worked for nearly fifty years. Lectures and site study take place in three key locations: Santa Fe, Taos, and Abiquiu. An iconic figure in American art, O’Keeffe is the first American woman to have a museum dedicated to her work. Barbara Buhler Lynes (O’Keeffe Museum and Research Center) places O’Keeffe’s art within the context of American Modernism and focuses on her distinctive portrayal of the New Mexico landscape. Virginia Scharff (Center of the Southwest, University of New Mexico) introduces workshop participants to the history of New Mexico and discusses the contribution of women to the region. Joseph Traugott (New Mexico Museum of Art) places O’Keeffe in the larger context of Native American and Spanish art, as reflected in two exhibitions at the museum. Lois Rudnick (University of Massachusetts, Boston) discusses the complex issue of Anglo patronage of Hispanic and Native American art. Finally, Lesley Poling‐Kempes, author of books about Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, discusses the historical and cultural significance of these places. Books by all of these scholars occupy a central place in the reading list. In addition to several museums that feature the art of O’Keeffe along with Mexican and Native American works, participants visit places where she lived and worked: her two homes, the Taos Pueblo, the Palace of the Governors, and the San Francisco de Asis Church. 

Dates: Santa Fe, Taos, and Abiquiu, NM: June 17–23 or June 24–30
Grantee Institutions: Kathy A. Fedorko, Community College Humanities Association; Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ
Location: Santa Fe: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Palace of the Governors, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, New Mexico Museum of Art. Taos: St. Francisco de Asis Church, Taos Pueblo, Millicent Rogers Museum, Mabel Dodge Luhan home. Abiquiu: Ghost Ranch.

About NEH Landmarks of American History: Workshops for Community College Faculty

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the federal government. As part of the NEH’s We the People program, we offer the following Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Faculty. NEH Landmarks Workshops provide the opportunity for community college educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture. These one-week programs will give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence. Landmarks Workshops present the best scholarship on a specific landmark or related cluster of landmarks, enabling participants to gain a sense of the importance of historical places, to make connections between what they learn in the Workshop and what they teach, to advance their own scholarship, and to develop enhanced teaching materials.

Amount of Award

Faculty selected to participate will receive a stipend of $1,200. Stipends help cover living expenses, books, and travel expenses to and from the Workshop location.


These projects are designed for faculty members at American community colleges. Adjunct and part-time lecturers as well as full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Other community college staff, including librarians and administrators, are eligible to compete, provided they can advance the teaching and/or research goals of the workshop. An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify. Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must complete the NEH application and provide all of the information requested to be considered eligible.

New this year: An individual may apply to up to two NEH Summer Programs in any one year (Landmarks Workshops, Summer Seminars, or Summer Institutes), but may participate in only one. Please note that eligibility criteria differ significantly between the Landmarks Workshops and the Seminars and Institutes Programs.

How to Apply

Please e-mail, telephone or send by U.S. Post a request for application information and expanded Workshop descriptions to the Landmarks directors listed here; in many cases, these materials will also be available on project websites. You may request information about as many Workshops as you like, and, as noted above, you may apply to up to two programs but participate in only one.