Catherine Little Bert owner of Bert Gallery will be leading a tour entitled “Struggle, Strength,and Dignity/ Sculptor Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890 – 1960) “
There were many obstacles for artists in America in the early 20th century but for an African American and a woman the challenges were momentous. Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890 – 1960) did not balk at discrimination and societal mores, she confronted them directly across all fronts – art training, European study, exhibition opportunities, awards and employment. These accomplishments did not come without great personal pain, sacrifice and isolation but the Rhode Island artist persevered and created some of the most remarkable sculpture in the early 20th Century documenting her legacy as an African American and as a woman.
This unique Gallery Night Providence event will include visits to galleries where Nancy Profits works have been and still are shown, as well as artifacts pertaining to the life of this very talented Rhode Island artist.
Catherine Little Bert, director and owner of Bert Gallery, has passionately researched and written on the subject of local artists since the gallery’s founding in 1985. The fertile artistic community of the late 19th century Providence has been a focal point of her research and exhibitions.
She was one of the founders of Gallery Night Providence along with Teresa Level and Paula Martiesian. Catherine served as Co-President until 2006 with the celebration of Gallery Night’s tenth anniversary. Like any fledgling non-profit organization, Gallery Night depended upon the volunteer efforts of its board and members to champion the event. During her tenure on the board she worked on membership, sponsorship and promotion of the event. For the 2007 season Catherine has retired from the board to serve as a regular Gallery Night member and volunteer for the organization.
Catherine Little Bert received a B.A. from Providence College and an M.A. from the University of Connecticut. She has served as a Board of Trustee at the Rhode Island Historical Society, Co-President of Gallery Night Providence and Chair of the National Advisory Board at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Currently, Bert is a member of the National Advisory Board at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and on the Board of Trustees for Providence College. She has consulted at exhibitions at the Fall River Historical Society, Rhode Island Historical Society, Newport Art Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.