Although I was taught painting by Abstract Expressionists, my years living abroad opened me to other perspectives and local histories of art, an experience which shaped not only my approach to painting, but my research interests as well.

Thus, my interest in expatriate experience and artists’ lives led me to working with creative case studies, raising questions about expatriate experience as a creative construct. The relevance of nationality, gender, culture, race, and social context to the professional development of artists’ careers is undeniable; comparisons of artistic and professional development of different generations of American women artists in post-WW II Europe led to questions about experiences of artistic mentorship and support. My recent interests have led me to research African American expatriate artists in Paris and Scandinavia after the Second World War.

Ed. D., Art Education. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, 2005

M.F.A., Painting. University of California, Berkeley, 1973

M. A., Art. University of California, Berkeley, 1972

A.B., Art. University of California, Santa Cruz, 1970

Contemporary American expatriate artists reveal ambivalent attitudes toward mobility, identity, and global culture. More than an historical overview of American women artists abroad, this book draws upon developmental theory and studies of creativity to explore artists¿ uses of experience, and deconstructs expatriate experience by weaving theory of intercultural adaptation and migration with women artists¿ own descriptions of their search for identity. Central to the research are four case studies constructed with oral history narratives that examine the impact of expatriate experience on four American women artists: Paris based Laurie Karp, Grace Renzi, and Kate Van Houten, and Stockholm based Rachelle Puryear. Candid about their quests for artistic and creative identities, analysis further illuminates how the journey becomes the experience and concludes with implications for art education. This book speaks to the educators of artists and to those intrepid American art students going abroad who believe cultural exposure to be fundamental to their artistic development.

Original dissertation also available for purchase or download through Dissertation UMI Services: Expatriate experience and American women artists: Creative lives and creative work in context by Mary Anne Rose, Ed.D., Columbia University Teachers College, 2005, 364 pages; AAT 3175720


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