Listee Features — Art History

Polly Forcier


Mary Hill “Polly” Forcier is a teacher, artist, and historical preservationist who has dedicated the last four decades to promoting the historical art of wall stencil painting. She is the founder of MB Historic Decor, a company offering more than 700 historically-accurate reproduction wall stencils recorded from original wall paintings in addition to paints, brushes, and other supplies. Her passion for early American decorative arts was sparked in part by her mother, a talented tinware artist, and Ms. Forcier recalls watching her mother work as a young child and “falling in love with the smell of turpentine” as she learned to paint as well. Ms. Forcier began nursing coursework at Simmons University before leaving school to marry and start a

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Gail Gelburd


Gail Enid Gelburd, PhD, is an artist, writer, academic and art historian celebrating more than 45 years of creating and curating. Some of her earliest memories are of her father taking her to museums and telling her that with hard work, she could become whatever she wanted to be. Dr. Gelburd took his words to heart, and she began her journey in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College of the City University of New York, followed by a Master of Arts from the Ohio State University in 1977. She started working in the arts shortly after, being named director of the Phoenix Gallery in New York City in 1976 and curator of the Morris Museum from 1978

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Joan Marter


Especially knowledgeable on women American artists, Joan M. Marter, PhD, had never studied art history until she discovered it whilst attending Temple University. She quickly realized she had a passion for it, and decided to pursue teaching art history instead of art classes. Her studies coincided with the transformative feminist movement, and she is very gratified to be running the Women’s Art Journal since 2006, which has touched on the works of female artists all over the world. Dr. Marter began her professional career as an instructor at Pennsylvania State University in 1970, remaining in this position for three years before serving as an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College in Virginia from 1974 to 1977. She then joined Rutgers,

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