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

Introduction: Marion Frost's Bryn Mawr

Scrapbook of Marion Frost Willard, Class of 1920, Page 1

Featured on the first page of Marion Frost's scrapbook: her own pencil drawing.

Seemingly inspired by the beautiful architecture of her alma mater, Marion Frost 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.

This exhibit will examine what inspired Marion Frost to create this "portfolio", how the viewer can tell that this work belongs to her, and compare the experience of viewing the scrapbook digitally with the experience of being at Bryn Mawr College's special collections.