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Art Talk to focus on the life and art of early 20th century sculptor Malvina Hoffman

In the early 20th century, Malvina Hoffman was a pioneer among American women. Before women could even vote, she was a student and friend of the famous artist Auguste Rodin and participated in the global business of art.

Diane “Didi” Hoffman, author of “Beautiful Bodies, the Adventures of Malvina Hoffman,” will share more about this trailblazing woman’s life and work during an Art Talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on Thomas University’s Forbes Campus.

Malvina Hoffman was born in New York City and studied art at the Woman’s School for Applied Design and the Art Students League of New York. She later traveled to Paris, where she studied with several established artists, including Rodin. It was from Rodin that Hoffman learned about sculpting and bronze casting. Her sculptures of ballet dancers brought her great frame and earned her the nickname “America’s Rodin.”

In 1930 Malvina Hoffman was awarded the largest commission in the history of bronze art and traveled around the globe to complete her work. Malvina Hoffman became a household name. When she died in 1966, her obituary appeared on the front page of the New York Times.

Didi Hoffman first became interested in Malvina Hoffman in 2008 when she learned about the sculptor from her husband, Malvina Hoffman’s great-nephew. Didi Hoffman began a five-year journey to learn as much as she could about Malvina Hoffman’s life and work.

Didi Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Nova Southeastern. Her early career focused on marketing. For more than two decades she worked in interior design using her communications skills to promote the trade and her business. This experience morphed into a career of content creation for social media marketing and communications for others.

The Art Talk is part of Thomas University’s Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) series. For more information, call 229-227-6964 or email Visit to learn about other ACTU events.

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