Great female artists of the 20th century

Key facts

  • Cost: £95
  • Credits: 0


This course introduces the work of five great 20th-century artists, all of them women, and all of them active in America. Each meeting will be devoted to an individual artist, placing their achievements within the context of their life and milieu. The artists featured are Georgie O'Keefe, Louise Nevelson, Agnes Martin, Louise Bourgeois, and Helen Frankenthaler. 

Areas you'll explore include: 

  • Lives and works of major artists as well as individual major works by each artist. 
  • Artworks set within the broader historical, cultural and social developments of their time. 

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Demonstrate familiarity with each artist’s life, career and art and contextualise the artists’ key achievements. 
  • Interpret and discuss how the artworks of the selected artists were influenced by previous masters and how their art influenced future generations of artists. 

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history and the great art collections of the world.   


This is a non-credit class, so would not contribute to any qualifications.  

Mode of study

A mixture of lectures and seminars 


Although the course is no credit bearing, and so would not contribute towards a CertHE in the history of art, it is still an ideal introduction to the subject. 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days