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Tuesdays, December 6 – December 27, 6 – 8pm


Unidentified photographer. Albert C. Barnes Seated in a Rocking Chair (detail), c. 1890. Photograph Collection, Barnes Foundation Archives, Philadelphia

$220; members $176, Member Appreciation Discount
(4 classes)

About the Class

This four-week course will delve into the remarkable transition of Dr. Albert C. Barnes from a successful entrepreneurial scientist to an art collector and educator. Each week, we will investigate well-known mentors of Dr. Barnes—William Glackens, Leo Stein, John G. Johnson, and John Dewey—and the roles they played in helping to shape his ideas about art and education.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.


Brian D. Seymour

Seymour has a PhD in art history from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. His research focuses on art collectors in Philadelphia and the public sphere around the turn of the 20th century. In support of his research, he served as a graduate associate fellow at the Center for Humanities at Temple University and received grants from the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Ruskin Library and Research Centre, Lancaster, England. Seymour is an associate professor at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and also teaches at Villanova University.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?