Through engaging talks, interactive tours, fresh research, and compelling writing, Rena Tobey makes American art history come alive. She'll help bring your vision to life through creative program development and management.
Since 2009, Rena has focused on resuscitating the careers of barely-remembered American women artists working before 1945. She has published a seven-essay series in Art Times Journal called “Finding Her Way,” inspired by these accomplished artists. "Finding Her Way" is just one of the popular topics Rena presents for museums, libraries, historic sites, and other professional and community organizations.
Rena also manages projects and programs for museums, libraries, and other arts and humanities collections. She planned and implemented an author series for the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England and coordinated exhibitions for the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, OH. She innovated the wildly successful Wrecking Ball Party for Seattle Group Theatre. Rena is experienced with curatorial research and writing, as well collections management, and teaches at Southern Connecticut State University. Based on a 14-year private practice as a consultant, trainer, and coach and a PhD in Human and Organizational Studies, Rena also offers extensive experience with strategic planning and building organizational effectiveness.
She is currently at work on a new book Painting Connecticut about the Connecticut artists who contributed to American art by depicting the people and places of the state. Rena is also a playwright, and a recent work “Muses” has emerged from her research. It centers on two artist couples, from today and 100 years ago, and raises questions about the challenges women artists face, the particular dynamics of artist marriages, and artist negotiations with the art market and broader cultural expectations.
Just for fun, Rena created Artventures!™--a party game on the adventures of art and art history, introduced in November 2015. If art ever seemed unapproachable, pretentious, or not for you, this cheeky game is the answer. Artventures! can be played two ways—as a card game and as a tabletop board game. As a bonus, inside the box is a black-and-white gameboard waiting for the players to color. The game requires no knowledge, involves easy art making and multi-player interactions, and is full of laughs.
Visit www.renatobey.com and artventuresgame.com to learn more.