Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Painter

I’ve been walking miles a day, listening to books on Audible, feeling fortunate to be sheltering in place in some much needed warm,sunny and dry weather. I just finished Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Painter. I loved it, and her.

I didn’t know a single thing about Dr. Nell Irvin Painter before this book. I was just intrigued by the title. Painter’s resume is so impressive that you initially think you might be intimidated by her. In the book she talks a lot about her loneliness in art school, due to her age (she started at age 64 after retiring as a Professor of History at Princeton). I would have gladly been her BFF. Still would. I couldn’t wait to go walk every day to listen (she narrates the book as well).

Nell Painter
Image: Dwight Carter and RISD

After listening to the book, I have watched and read so many wonderful interviews with her. Here is a link to Painter’s website where there will be links to her work, resume and interviews.

If you need a push, look at this, this, and this. You are welcome, but remember, I call dibs on her as a friend first.

4 thoughts on “Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Painter

  1. After you told me about the book, I started reading it, and then it’s mentioned in an article the latest issue New Yorker. Good new-year motivation!

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