UWF Art Department Professor John Markowitz is well-known for his intimate knowledge of American and European art history, including painterly technique and its development over time. Join us to learn more about the time-honored definition of a still life painting (a work of art depicting inanimate, usually commonplace objects) and the importance of the genre in the history of Western art. While historically speaking, still life imagery occupied the lowest position in the pantheon, over time, it became an increasingly vital vehicle for significant stylistic and conceptual developments in art history. From the symbolism found in 17th-century fruit and flower paintings to the political and personal insights suggested by later artists, these works not only bring delight to the viewer but also have the capacity to communicate meaning in a myriad of ways. Professor Markowitz's lecturing skill are second to none—this is sure to be an engaging class.