Jo Napier marries portrait art and powerful storytelling to inspire and educate. Her portrait shows include: The Nova Scotia Nine (2011), Female Chemistry: Great Women of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (2016) and Great Women of the Ocean, Earth and Sky (June 2017, NS Archives). Her first portrait collection was acquired for the Royal Bank of Canada’s national art collection. Local commissioned work on public display includes the Spatz Centre’s Portia White portrait. A former Globe and Mail columnist, she is associate producer of PBS documentaries, co-author of Technology With Curves (HarperCollins) and writer of an award-winning NFB documentary.
Workshops and Activities
So many amazing women have had an impact on STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The goal of my art workshops is to shine the spotlight on them. Some were overlooked and/or marginalized, most were pioneering, all deserve to be honored for their efforts. I want to inspire young students, particularly young girls, by showing them what great women of STEM have accomplished. “If you see it… you can be it”…as the saying goes. These women changed science, and - in many ways - our world. My workshops - "Female Chemistry: Great Women of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)" ...and "Women of the Ocean, Earth and Stars" -build on the powerful response I received from my June 2011 portrait collection: "The Nova Scotia Nine: Great Women of Nova Scotia", which was acquired by RBC for their national art collection. Some of the "workshop women" I will focus on include: Maria Mitchell, Annie Jump Cannon, Inge Lehmann, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin. Marie Tharp, Yvonne Brille … They mapped the ocean floor, they discovered what the Earth’s core is made of, they counted the first 400,000 stars – and discovered what stars are made of. And how they did all that – despite a host of obstacles – is a powerful story. My workshops bring the faces of these women – and the lessons of the lives – to Nova Scotia students.
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4 – 6, 7 – 9
Areas of Expertise
Cultural/Heritage Arts, Painting, Other