EventsThe Life behind the Rabbit: Beatrix Potter

The Life behind the Rabbit: Beatrix Potter

November 4, 2023 | 2–3 p.m.
Location: High Museum of Art, Hill Auditorium
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While Beatrix Potter is best known for the characters she illustrated and the books she wrote, she was also a gardener, entrepreneur, scientist, farmer, and preservationist. Her many legacies continue to inspire people today. Join Potter enthusiast Betsy Bray and Andrew Westover, Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education, as they delve into the High’s exhibition Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature.

Mrs. Rabbit pouring out the tea for Peter Rabbit while her children look on

Beatrix Potter (British, 1866–1943), Mrs. Rabbit pouring out the tea for Peter Rabbit while her children look on, 1907, watercolor and pen and ink over pencil on paper, Victoria and Albert Museum, Linder Bequest BP.468. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, courtesy of Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.

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About the Speakers

Betsy Bray

Betsy Bray is based in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Following a career as a children’s librarian, she was the first overseas trustee elected to the Beatrix Potter Society, with which she has been a member for almost forty years. She has spoken at several of the Society’s International Study Conferences and given illustrated talks to various groups in the United States, United Kingdom, Africa, and Australia; she also lectured about Beatrix Potter on a transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2. She has a BA in history from Curry College, in Milton, Massachusetts, and a Master of Library Science from St. John’s University, New York.

Betsy Bray

Andrew Westover

Andrew Westover is the Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education at the High Museum of Art. An educator and ethicist, Westover helms the learning team at the High, which recently rearticulated its focus: connecting people with art and ideas to inspire better civic life. Westover’s previous positions include posts at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Phoenix Art Museum. Westover began their career as a classroom educator, and prior to museums, worked for schools, districts, and universities across the United States and abroad. Westover holds an MEd from Arizona State University, an MA in Religion from Claremont School of Theology, and an EdM and a PhD in education and ethics from Harvard University.

Andrew Westover headshot