January 28, 2013
A Noted Historian Bids Farewell to the Past
Bryan Thomas for The Chronicle
In 2005 the prize-winning historian Nell Irvin Painter put down her pen and picked up a paintbrush.
After 17 years at Princeton University, the publication of seven groundbreaking books, and terms at the helms of two prestigious historical associations, Ms. Painter said goodbye to all that. She retired at 62 and spent $150,000 to pursue a bachelor-of-fine-arts degree from Rutgers University, followed by an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, in 2011.