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Professional Soiree: Women in the Arts

  • Yuma Center 4101 Yuma Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States (map)

Appreciating Artistic Masterpieces

Join us on Thursday, August 22, 2019 for our next Professional Soiree!

Where: Yuma Center, 4101 Yuma Street NW

Cost: $20, online or at the door

A discussion and wine reception will follow Dr. Coman’s presentation


About the talk:

Dr. Sonia Coman explores her recent cross-disciplinary research on Haviland porcelain from Limoges to open up a world to you that weaves together the French Impressionists, an American family of ceramic manufacturers, and Japanese porcelain designers. Through this fascinating presentation, you will gain a deeper appreciation for art, history, culture, and the ways in which they intersect.


About Sonia:

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Romanian-born Dr. Sonia Coman received a B.A. from Harvard (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum laude) and a Ph.D. from Columbia, where she pursued a dual specialization in Japanese art and Western European art and wrote a dissertation on Japonisme. Prior to entering her doctoral program, Coman interned at the Louvre Museum. At Columbia, she taught a self-designed undergraduate seminar on ceramic objects used as diplomatic gifts across world cultures. While pursuing her doctorate, Coman also worked as a bibliographer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After receiving her Ph.D., Coman moved to Washington, DC to assume a position as Anne van Biema fellow at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art. There, Coman has focused her research and writing on the formation and legacy of an influential collection of Japanese ceramics—that of the Gallery’s founder, 19th-century American industrialist Charles Lang Freer. Since February 2019, she serves on the editorial board of Brill’s Journal of Japonisme. Outside of her profession in art history, Coman writes and translates poetry and recently authored a multilingual book of haiku, shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation's Touchstone Distinguished Book Award for 2017.