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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Curator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
We Was Mostly About Survival.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1936
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Curator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
We Was Mostly About Survival.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1936
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Born on March 17, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to Thelma Shepherd and John Drayton Rone, Ronne Hartfield became a poet, writer and a top administrator of two of the most important arts education organizations in the country.

After graduating from Wendell Phillips High School in 1952, Hartfield (then Rone) went to the University of Chicago. She earned a B.A. in history in 1955. Her first job, doing public relations for the Chicago Children's Choir, gave her a "sense of mission." That sense, as well as her natural energy and enthusiasm, carried over to the rest of her career in which she sought positions through which she could positively affect the arts and society.

In 1969, Hartfield became the project director at Urban Gateways, the largest private arts education organization in the United States. After a successful start there, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago hired her in 1974 as professor of comparative literature and Dean of Students. There, she developed national and international exchange study programs and fellowships, supervised student services and designed and executed assessment studies. She taught at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, Chicago as well. Seven years later, Urban Gateways lured Hartfield back as the Executive Director. Under her leadership, the organization was designated by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as the national model for artist training and community arts education. She returned to the University of Chicago for graduate studies, earning an M.A. in theology and literature in 1982. In 1991, she began serving the Art Institute as the Executive Director for Museum Education. In this role, she provided interpretive materials and programs for all visitors to the museum. Because of this work, Hartfield is internationally recognized as an expert in arts and multicultural education.

Hartfield continues to consult with the Art Institute on a variety of projects. She serves as a trustee for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Rhode Island School of Design. She served as a trustee for Chicago's Columbia College and New York's International Sculpture Center for five years and has worked as a consultant for the NEA and the Rockefeller Foundation. She and her husband, Robert Hartfield, have four children.

Selected Publications:

Hartfield, Ronne. "The Chicago Years: Gathering Light in the Gray City." Gullah Images: The Art of Jonathan Green. University of South Carolina Press, 1996.

Hartfield, Ronne. Encountering Art/Different Facets of the Esthetic Experience. Miho Museum/Kyoto. New York: Overlook Press, 2001.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ronne Hartfield lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ronne Hartfield talks about her name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ronne Hartfield describes her mother's move from Mississippi to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ronne Hartfield talks about her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ronne Hartfield describes her mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ronne Hartfield talks about the relationship between her family and her grandfather's white family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ronne Hartfield describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronne Hartfield talks about how her parents met in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ronne Hartfield talks about her father's jobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ronne Hartfield talks about the importance of sharing family history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ronne Hartfield describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ronne Hartfield describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ronne Hartfield talks about her father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ronne Hartfield talks about her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ronne Hartfield describes her experience at John B. Drake Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ronne Hartfield describes her experience at Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ronne Hartfield describes her mentors at Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ronne Hartfield describes her social life at the Wasbash YWCA in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ronne Hartfield talks about graduating from Wendell Phillips High School in 1952
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ronne Hartfield describes enrolling at the University of Chicago in Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ronne Hartfield describes her experience at the University of Chicago in Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ronne Hartfield talks about her life after graduating from the University of Chicago in 1955
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ronne Hartfield talks about her husband, Robert Hartfield
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ronne Hartfield talks about her friends and professors at the University of Chicago in Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ronne Hartfield describes earning a fellowship to enroll in graduate school at the University of Chicago in Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ronne Hartfield describes her graduate studies at the University of Chicago in Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ronne Hartfield describes her career at Urban Gateways and as Dean at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ronne Hartfield describes her career as Executive Director of Urban Gateways in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ronne Hartfield recounts the history of Urban Gateways in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ronne Hartfield recounts the history of Urban Gateways in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ronne Hartfield describes the condition of Urban Gateways after she left
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ronne Hartfield describes her accomplishments as Executive Director of Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ronne Hartfield talks about raising community involvement at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ronne Hartfield describes some of the community programs she developed at the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ronne Hartfield describes assisting the Art Institute of Chicago with the purchase of a daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ronne Hartfield talks about organizing an exhibition of spiritual art at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ronne Hartfield describes organizing conferences on sacred art for Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ronne Hartfield describes receiving a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship to write her book in Bellagio, Italy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ronne Hartfield talks about her poetry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ronne Hartfield talks about writing her book 'Another Way Home' in Italy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ronne Hartfield describes her experience with the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ronne Hartfield describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ronne Hartfield describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ronne Hartfield describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ronne Hartfield talks about the need for valorizing African American history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ronne Hartfield reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ronne Hartfield narrates her photographs