Library to host program about the art of local illustrator Frances Tipton Hunter

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will host an educational program about the artwork of pioneer illustrator Frances Tipton Hunter at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8.



Marisa C. Sánchez, PhD, assistant professor art history at Lycoming College, will provide an overview of Hunter’s artwork, which was most known for gracing the covers of 18 Saturday Evening Post magazines during the mid-1930s and 1940s. Hunter graduated from Williamsport High School in 1914 and went on to national fame for her Norman Rockwell-style illustrations of children and pets that were featured in magazines and various publications.


The presentation will feature a talk and then a Q&A afterward.


This program is designed to encourage local residents to learn more about Frances Tipton Hunter before the historical marker dedication that will take place on Sunday, June 9, during the Way’s Garden Art Show.


Sánchez is Assistant Professor of Art History at Lycoming College, where she directs the art history program. As an art historian and curator, her teaching and research interests focus on modern and contemporary art, feminist art histories, art historical methodologies, curatorial practices, museum culture, and the artist interview. Her interdisciplinary approach engages the history of art and counter-narratives, which broadens the scope and understanding of the study of artists and their work.


Sánchez received her PhD from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Before her doctoral studies, Sánchez was Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum. She also holds an MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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This program is one of the many ways Pennsylvania Public Libraries support the PA Forward Initiative by providing social literacy opportunities for learning.


The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. Walk-in passport services are available from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.



The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

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