Programs and Touring Exhibits

Louise Minks was first trained as a historian. Now that she is a professional artist, she enjoys linking history and art in her paintings, writing and also in special programs for the public. The following programs are available for a sliding fee scale. (*indicates a touring art exhibition is available separately or with the artist's program)

Please contact Louise at:
Phone: 413-367-2800

"The Hudson River School: America's First Landscape Painters": a slide presentation based on the artist's lavishly illustrated coffee table book, The Hudson River School. Presentation sites include the Museum of Fine Art, Springfield, MA. Copies have been available at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, and at Olana, Hudson, NY, studio and home of Frederick Church.

* "Harpers Ferry, the Civil War, and the Massachusetts Connection": a slide and original art presentation created as artist-in-residence at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, WV. Subjects include John Brown, African American history, the abolitionist movement, and the armories at Harpers Ferry and Springfield, MA. Presentation sites include the Museum of Fine Art, Springfield, MA, and Greenfield Community College, Greenfield MA.

* "The First American Revolution: The Pueblo Revolt of 1680": a slide and original art presentation created as artist-in-residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM, about the only truly successful Native American resistance to European colonization. This powerful story centers on freedom of religion. A touring exhibition of ten large paintings replicating historic hide paintings is the centerpiece of the presentation. Presentation sites include: San Juan College, Farmington, NM, organized by Navajo Preparatory School; "A Celebration of American History" at Historic Deerfield, MA; and Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA.

* "Upon Reflection: African American Portraits": a touring exhibition and/or slide presentation of ten near-life size portraits of African American people who have had an impact on the life and thinking of the artist. Five figures are from the past and five from the present. Each embodies a powerful national or local story in American history. The paintings were created while Louise was artist-in-residence at Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, MA; her favorite figure from the series is Lucy Terry Prince, 1740s, of Deerfield. Prince is now considered the first African American woman poet in America, and Louise's painting of her is the only image created thus far. The paintings and program have been to countless schools, institutions, colleges and museums since its creation in 1994.

"In Pursuit of Freedom": a participatory history presentation, including the artist's illustrations created for the guidebook to the Freedom Center Underground Railroad Museum, Cincinnati, Oh. Based on Massachusetts documentation, this lively program gives audience members historical identities and notes to provoke discussion about freedom-seeking slaves, their helpers and those opposed. This new program is based on the artist's participation in the Underground Railroad Network sponsored by the National Park Service.

"Paupers & Poor Farms: Responding to Poverty, 1630-WWII": a participatory history presentation using historic documents to encourage discussion about the ways New England communities have responded to the poor since the earliest years of the nation. Audience members are given identities and notes from early records. Created in the 1980s, this popular program has toured to countless historical societies, educational workshops and schools. Using this material, Louise was keynote speaker at a Connecticut state conference of social workers.