Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

After opening, the Women’s Center began sponsoring programs for women. One of those programs was a forum called “Today’s Woman,” held on May 17, 1975. Speakers included artist Florence Arnold (standing, right) speaking on “You Can Be Your Own Best Friend”; Shirley Bernard (seated, left), an English and women’s studies instructor at Fullerton College talking on “Sexism Is a Social Disease”; and Margaret Westover (standing, left), employment counselor for the California Employment Development Department in Fullerton. Seated on the right is staff member Mary Shaw. Known as Flossie to her friends, Florence Arnold (1900-1994) was one of the most important artists to ever emerge from Fullerton. Arnold had started as an educator, teaching music at Fullerton Union High School, but at the age of 50, she took up painting. Her first works were traditional landscapes and still lifes, but she increasingly found herself drawn to what was known as “abstract classic” painting, and eventually she became a leading exponent of the Hard-Edge School. Mrs. Arnold gave a number of her artworks to Fullerton College, including a set of serigraphs published by Cirros Editions of Los Angeles in 1973.
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