Marilyn Stokstad, a medieval art and Spanish art specialist and professor at the University of Kansas, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday at Stephens College’s Charters Auditorium, 1405 E. Broadway. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Stokstad will discuss Isabel of Castile and Isabel Clara Eugenia, female art patrons of the 15th and 17th centuries, a release from Stephens said. Her textbook “Art History,” published in 1995, challenged an art survey textbook by H.W. Janson, which omitted women in its listing of 3,000 artists. Her book is now used in introductory art history courses across the nation.
Stokstad received the 2002 National Women’s Caucus for Art Honor Award and has served as president of the College Art Association and the International Center of Medieval Art. She is a consultant to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.
In 1997, she was awarded the Chancellors Club Teaching Award at the University of Kansas and serves as the Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor of Art History.
Stokstad’s lecture is a part of the Joseph H. Roblee Memorial Lecture series. Florence Allen Roblee, a former Stephens curator (now called trustees) and alumna, established the series to bring speakers and teachers in religion, philosophy and ethics to Stephens.