On Monday, August 15, the Mount Holyoke community will get its first look at the official portrait of President Emeritus Joanne V. Creighton. The College’s current president, Lynn Pasquerella, will unveil the painting at a 4 pm ceremony on the fourth-floor landing of Williston Library. The event is open to the public.
Creighton’s portrait was painted by Professor of Art Marion (Bonnie) Miller.
“This portrait was a great pleasure to do, because I have such respect and fondness for Joanne,” Miller said. “My hope was to create an image which showed her personal strength, her intelligence, and her warmth. As an artist concerned with the entire image, I chose to draw out the complexities of character into the play of light and the dialogue of warm and cold. If the painting works, it will picture Joanne for those who know her and present to strangers a woman whom they wish to meet.”
Creighton, who was the College’s seventeenth president, served from 1996 to 2010. During her time in office, she led a period of transformational change that included faculty expansion, endowment growth, facilities improvements, and the creation of the Women’s Education Worldwide initiative.
Though her presidency at Mount Holyoke is now complete, Creighton continues to be a leader in higher education; on August 10, she was named the interim president of Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
Creighton’s portrait will hang where that of her predecessor, Elizabeth T. Kennan, has been displayed in recent years. President Pasquerella has moved Kennan’s portrait to the hallway outside of her office on the second floor of Mary Lyon Hall, where she plans to establish a gallery of Mount Holyoke presidential portraits. Creighton, who assumed her presidential duties at Haverford this week, will be unable to attend the unveiling ceremony.