During the run of the current feature exhibition "Shaver: An Artist of Rare Merit," Rebecca P'Simer, curator of collections at the East Tennessee Historical Society, will speak about Samuel M. Shaver's life and the evolution of his work. By exploring the influential families that crossed paths with East Tennessee's first native-born artist, we in turn begin to understand his development as an artist and the characteristics that identify his work, as well as his life and experiences. P'Simer will feature a selection of his works from the collection held at the East Tennessee History Center and works that exist elsewhere.
This program is one in a series of hybrid Brown Bag programs and lectures sponsored by the Albers Family Foundation in memory of Harriet Z. Albers. The East Tennessee Historical Society is privileged to share regional history with our members and the public.
About the Speaker
Rebecca P’Simer joined the ETHS staff in 2018 as curator of collections. Her primary responsibilities include the documentation, care, and conservation of the 13,500-item artifact collection and coordination of artifact donations and loans. She also assists with content development and installation of in-house and traveling exhibits, works with conservators as needed, and serves as a resource for researchers and curators from other institutions. Rebecca has a bachelor's degree in history with a focus on the Antebellum South from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and a master's degree in history from the University of Memphis. She was previously employed by Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a museum technician and has spent time as a contract employee in various other Tennessee museums, as well as the Cody Firearms Museum in Wyoming and in the archival collection at Biltmore Estate. She is also chair for the East Tennessee chapter of Emerging Museum Professionals and involved in other boards and organizations in the region.