On Betsy Ross
Friday, Mar 31, 2017, 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Walter and McBean Galleries
800 Chestnut St

Betsy Ross is an iconic character, also known as the "mother" of the American Flag. Often the first women to be ever depicted in 19th century American painting, she became the object of painter Ray Mack latest body of work. The artist and curator Clea Massiani will converse around this powerful figure. Feminism, Art History, and Craft will be the core of this not so serious exchange.


This event is part of series of open call events in conjunction with A Living Thing an interactive exhibition platform featuring programming developed in collaboration with members of the SFAI community: students, staff, faculty, and the general public. 

A Living Thing seeks to create space for common ground within our increasingly fractured civil discourse. Throughout its run, A Living Thing will offer a sanctuary for conversations, performances, debate, and acts of solidarity and resistance—through an open mic during all gallery hours, and this open call to students, artists, activists, citizens, residents, visitors, and others that wish to contribute to the life represented by the flag.

 SFAI invites participation in A Living Thing. Please visit to submit your ideas. 

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Ray Mack, Tribute to Besty Ross #6, 2016