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Curated by Marnie Melzer, Florida Atlantic University

Supervised by Karen J. Leader Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History

October 1, 2020 – January 15, 2021


Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and letters

Florida Atlantic University


Marnie Melzer, JD, Curator, “I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Drawn That Way” The American Woman in 100 Years of Ephemera, Art History, Florida Atlantic University.


Dr. Karen J. Leader Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, Curatorial Supervisor, Florida Atlantic University.


This project was generously funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI), Florida Atlantic University, and thanks to University Galleries, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University. 


In 2019, when we began a 2020 exhibition on ephemera of women, we lived in a different reality. I was a research assistant to Dr. Karen J. Leader for a University Galleries exhibition celebrating 100 years of suffrage. I assumed because it was archival research it would be simple. A year later, amidst an ongoing pandemic and shut down, we realized the logistical challenges of university closures, the complexity of the project, and the richness in its opportunity as curators and women. 


Sagarnil Santra

Technical Director

Resurrection Design Studio.


I would like to thank each and every staff and  member of the galleries for their unconditional support to make this show possible.

Special Thanks to Victoria Thur, Head of FAU Libraries Special Collections, and library staff. Her collection of postcards, The Visual Representation of Women Collection, was the fountainhead of this exhibition. Thank you to W. Rod Faulds, Director, University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, and Sofia Honekman, who oversaw curatorial activity for four exhibitions during a national shutdown. I recognize their critical contributions. The success of the digital project is due to Sagarnil Santra, Technical Director, Resurrection Design Studio, and he deserves commendation. Thank you to Joshua Rowley, Reference Archivist, John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, Rubenstein Library, Duke University, for assisting our research on Rena Bartos. Thank you to Gary Talton, Photographer, Epoca International Inc. 

My inspiration is and will always be Dr. Karen J. Leader, Associate Professor of Art History, the curatorial supervisor. I drew heavily on her editing, historical expertise, and structure, and profited from her unique and discerning eyes. Her mentorship has informed my understanding of art history and my handling of it, and I thank her. 

Thank you to my children, Gaia and Sage, for love while I worked in pseudo-quarantine. To my husband, Brian Melzer, thank you for your love, partnership and advice. I would not have been able to dedicate myself to this study or the completion of this exhibition without your steadfast support.

This exhibition is part of A Four Exhibition Look at Our Past, Present & Future Politics. The collaborative project received generous financial support from the Peace, Justice and Human Rights program as well as collaboration from the Department of Visual Arts and Art History, both in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU.


University Galleries exhibitions and programs are supported by the Isadore and Kelly Friedman University Galleries Fund; Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs; Florida Council on the Arts; and Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; Museum Education programs are made possible in part by the Kaye Arts Integration Endowment.


University Galleries Museum Education Program provides arts education services through School Partnerships and Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) - a program providing studio art activities to youth in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. These programs are continuing virtually Fall 2020. For more information, please contact our Museum Education Coordinator, Ashley Utley via email:

University Galleries

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

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