Art Educator and Host of PBS Series to Speak at Next UM President’s Lecture

President’s Lecture speaker Sarah Urist Green

MISSOULA – PBS series host and art educator Sarah Urist Green headlines the next installment of the President’s Lecture Series at The University of Montana.

Green, creator and curator of “The Art Assignment” on PBS, will present “What the Internet has Taught Me About Art” in a virtual format on Wednesday, April 7. This event is free, and audience members are asked to register at for the Zoom link.

A former curator of contemporary art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Green works to demystify the world of art and museums to a wider audience. She has written “You Are an Artist,” a book that combines art history with art prompts by some of the most innovative artists working today. “The Art Assignment” on PBS is an educational video series that introduces viewers to artists, presents them with assignments and explores art history through a modern-day lens.

She holds a Master of Arts in modern art history from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.

“Sarah Green’s lecture about art coming on the heels of February’s conversation on race by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum illustrates the breath of subjects the President’s Lecture Series highlights,” said Kelly Webster, chief of staff with the UM Office of the President. “This series is committed to bringing diverse topics and voices that matter to our campus and wider community.”

The event is sponsored in part by the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Fund and UM’s School of Visual and Media Arts.

For nearly four decades, the President’s Lecture Series has provided opportunities to gather, learn and discuss important ideas and issues that animate UM and the communities of Montana. UM President Seth Bodnar continues this tradition by hosting a series that challenges all to engage in meaningful and enjoyable learning, both on and off campus. UM will present this lecture online in the interest of public health while also expanding its availability to audiences beyond campus.


Contact: UM Office of the President, 406-243-2311,