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Kay Payne

Docent, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

A Day in the Life of the Renaissance: A Lively Guide to Florence and Venice, seen via works by da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael and other artists of this creative time

 

Kay Payne has been with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1981, and is active as a docent and lecturer. For 19 years she managed the Docent Community Speakers Program and scheduled all docent community lectures in the Bay Area. She enjoys doing research and writing about art in relation to contemporary social history of the time, and she often includes vintage photographs in her lectures. In 2013 she received the prestigious 2012 McNeil Volunteer Recognition Award as Coordinator of the Community Speakers Program for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco that allowed her to initiate a year-long Advanced Art History course to be given to Bay Area high school students Kay graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in Education with a special interest in art history. She has taught elementary school and for twelve years was an art docent in the schools of Los Altos.

Kay graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in Education with a specialinterest in art history. She has taught elementary school and for twelve years was an art docent in the schools of Los Altos.

Some of her many lecture topics include: “California Treasures: Women Who Make a Difference”; ”Paris and her Painters”; “Reflections of Femininity: Women Portrayed in Art”; “Ansel Adams and the American Wilderness”; “Women Artists: Restriction to Recognition”; “ Vermeer and the Seventeenth Century”; and “Intrigue and Enchantment: The Magic of Color and Light”.