Sister Jeanne File Lecture Series Offers Talk on Art Glass of Darwin Martin House

Art History Lecture Series Offers Eric Jackson–Forsberg Talk on Art Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House Complex

January 14, 2010



Information:  Daemen Conference &

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            The next event in the Sister Jeanne File Art History Memorial Lecture Series at Daemen College will be “The Art Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex.” This event will begin at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 10, in Rosary Hall on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. Admission is free to the public.


           Eric Jackson–Forsberg, Curator, Martin House Complex, and Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, Canisius College, will deliver the lecture.


           Eric Jackson-Forsberg received his BA from Hamilton College with a concentration in Creative Writing, and his MA in Art History from SUNY Buffalo.  Jackson-Forsberg serves as Curator for the Martin House Restoration Corporation, restoring and interpreting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex (Buffalo, NY, 1903-1905).  He is also an adjunct professor of Art History at Canisius College, and is author of reviews and articles for American Bungalow; Artvoice; The Buffalo News; and The Fra.   


           Jackson-Forsberg is editor of and contributor to the recent book Frank Lloyd Wright Art Glass of the Martin House Complex (Pomegranate, 2009).  Additionally, he has participated in panel presentations for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy conferences in Buffalo (2009) and Cincinnati (2010).


           The Sister Jeanne File Art History Memorial Lecture Series is named after Jeanne File, OSF, an art historian and internationally known calligrapher, who was one of seven Sisters of St. Francis who founded the former Rosary Hill College in 1947.


            “This lecture series honors Sister Jeanne’s well-known passion for art history by featuring scholars with a range of backgrounds,” stated Dr. Laura Sommer, Director of the Daemen College Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “It will allow her memory to continue inspiring others to explore the arts.”


            Sister Jeanne File served as head of the Rosary Hill College Art Department for its first 24 years, writing and designing the early curriculum for what was, initially, the largest program at the College. She delivered public lectures on art history across the country and attended numerous art conferences in Europe. Sister Jeanne was, also, a pioneer of educational television in Western New York, teaching a semester of classes on WNED-TV in 1961. In 1997, following her retirement from Daemen, she was honored for her career accomplishments by the Daemen College Alumni Board of Governors. 


           Upon leaving her Daemen College residence a few years later, Sister Jeanne moved to Stella Niagara, New York, where she lived until her death March 1, 2010.  

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