Winter Speaker Series 2023: Katherine Quinn
February 25, 2023 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm At the Museum and Virtually on Zoom
The Creative Genius of Anthony Quinn. Searching for Self, Love, and Permanence through Art
Anthony Quinn was a complex man who was no stranger to extreme poverty and prejudice. He lost his father in a tragic accident at a young age and for financial reasons was never able to complete high school. Despite the challenging circumstances, he went on to become one of the most recognized actors of his time. Less known was his extraordinary talent as an artist. He sketched from a very young age and aspired to become a great architect. Although life took him down a different career path, creating artwork remained his first love. Over the years he made hundreds of drawings and paintings and then in his 50’s, he began sculpting, during his struggle to find the essence of the character of Zorba. Making art was not a hobby for him – it was a need that came from the deepest part of his soul. Sometimes it tormented him and other times it gave him solace. Either way, it kept him grounded and helped him work through some of his most complicated emotional struggles. In this presentation, Katherine will share stories of Anthony Quinn’s life as an artist along with images of his work and photos from his creative archives.
The lecture will be held in person at the Museum and virtually on Zoom, and will be followed by audience Q&A and tea reception.
About our Speaker
Katherine Quinn is the widow of legendary actor and artist, Anthony Quinn. From 1985 until his death in 2001, she worked very closely with Quinn in his creative life as a painter, sculptor, and writer. They had two children together – Antonia (29) and Ryan (26) and moved to Bristol, Rhode Island in 1994.
To carry on his legacy, Katherine established the Anthony Quinn Foundation in 2007, dedicated to promoting the importance of the arts in all areas of education. To date, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to 129 high school students from across the U.S. and abroad. With the Foundation, Katherine organizes exhibitions and private tours of Anthony Quinn’s creative body of work as a way to inspire others to explore their creative potential.
Katherine was born and raised in Long Island, New York, and graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a B.A. in Political Science. She currently resides in Bristol, Rhode Island where she curates and manages Anthony’s extensive art collection as well as the day-to-day operations of the Anthony Quinn Foundation.
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