Dr. Terryl Lawrence: “Tamara de Lempicka” | Lecture at the 16th World Congress on Art Deco

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Dr. Terryl Lawrence lecture

On Saturday, April 22, Dr. Terryl Lawrence spoke at the Jewish Museum of Florida for the 16th World Congress on Art Deco lecture series.

In her lecture, Lawrence discusses the work of Tamara de Lempicka, a Polish painter who became an enigmatic figure in the art world. She was best known for her glamorous Art Deco portraits, which were inspired by cubism and neoclassicism.

Lawrence narrates de Lempicka’s journey in becoming a renowned artist, from her early days in Warsaw to her time in Paris, as she grew into one of the definitive artists of her time.


Dr. Lawrence earned a doctoral degree from Columbia University in Painting and Art History. She studied at the National Academy in New York for nine years and has had numerous exhibitions of her paintings and photographs in New York and Florida.

She is the recipient of many awards including a national grant in the Humanities. She wrote the preface to Chaim Potok’s “Artist in Exile”, and taught photography, drawing, and art history at CW Post College, SUNY Empire State College, FAU, and other public and private institutions.

Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College where she teaches Art History and Mythology. She also has been an instructor in FAU’s Lifelong Learning program for twenty years. Art and learning continue to enrich her life.

The 16th World Congress on Art Deco was made possible with the support of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, the State of Florida, the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies, and the Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches.

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