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An Artist's Portfolio: Marion Frost and Bryn Mawr College

Introduction

This exhibit was created by Mirella Deocadiz, Bryn Mawr Class of 2013, as part of the course Topics in American History: Women’s Higher Education in the 19th and 20th Centuries: The History of Bryn Mawr College, taught by Dr. Jennifer Redmond, former director of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education.

Inspired by the beautiful architecture of her alma mater, Marion Frost Willard, Class of 1920, created a portfolio of sorts to showcase the buildings at Bryn Mawr College as seen through her camera lens. The result: this well-bound, formal, yet rather impersonal "scrapbook." To accompany official college renditions and materials used to represent the school, Frost incorporated her own photographs and drawings into this piece that reflected her final years at the college. These pieces reveal her artistic eye and consequently, her interest in the arts. Not unlike an artist’s portfolio, this scrapbook was intended to be displayed and appreciated.