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Professor Monaghan’s ‘Daughter of Rubens’ Accepted into Provincetown Film Festival

oil painting of a small beach town

Oil painting by Nancy Ellen Craig, the subject of Professor Gloria Monaghan's new documentary, "Daughter of Rubens"

The short documentary "Daughter of Rubens," produced by Wentworth Institute of Technology Professor Gloria Monaghan, has been accepted into the prestigious Provincetown Film Festival. The film focuses on the life and work of artist Nancy Ellen Craig, who resided in Truro, Mass. alongside poet Preston Carter, and was created with the support of a Bistline Grant, which funds faculty research and projects.  

Screenings of the film are scheduled for June 11 at Provincetown Art House 1 and June 18 at 4:00 pm at Provincetown Water's Edge 1.  

Known both locally and internationally for her monumental canvases, Craig’s subjects range from myths to religion to political statements. 

"Daughter of Rubens" premiered on April 4 in Blount Auditorium, where it was attended by several local museum curators, as well as President Mark Thompson and Karyn Thompson. 

Several publications, including The Provincetown Independent, The Cape Cod Chronicle, and The Provincetown Magazine, have featured articles about the film. 

Aside from the festival screenings, "Daughter of Rubens" will be exhibited in three galleries during the summer, providing audiences with an opportunity to experience the artwork and attend post-screening receptions. The upcoming gallery dates are as follows: 

  • Saturday, June 17, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Orleans Modern Art 

  • Thursday, August 17, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Cape Cod Museum of Art 

  • Saturday, September 9 (time to be determined), at Wellfleet Library 

book cover showing a painting of a man

Monaghan found further acclaim this year when her book, Cormorant on the Strand, was published in March. Monaghan was recently interviewed about the book by Richard Blanco, who was honored with the Humanitarian Award by President Biden in April and has also taught and presented at Wentworth.  

Sarah Dickenson Snyder, author of Now These Three Remain, wrote of Strand, “[It] feels like a surprising gift, each section jettisoning us into new territory we must navigate with the deft hand of a confident poet.”