Sometimes art museums can be downright intimidating.

Without years spent studying the context of an artist’s cultural moment or the development of a specific movement in a specific country, it can be difficult to understand the importance of individual works of art.

Luckily, Jenn Korolenko has done all of that homework for you, and she wants to share her notes.

Beginning on January 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Korolenko will be facilitating an event called “Art History for People in a Hurry,” the latest installment in the SEAD Gallery’s SEAD After Dark series. This ambitious event aims to cover everything from cave paintings to contemporary art in just an hour and a half.

Korolenko, though, is particularly equipped for this sprint through art history. She currently serves as the Curator of Education & Public Programs for the Texas A&M University Art Galleries Department and has over a decade’s worth of experience in the art education world. Korolenko studied studio art and art education, and she continues to produce her own art in addition to working for Texas A&M.

The SEAD Gallery, located in the Federal Building in Historic Downtown Bryan, regularly hosts lectures and conversation groups through the SEAD After Dark events. Their hope is to engage the community in informative discussions on many topics surrounding art through events led by local experts in their fields.

“Art History for People in a Hurry” is only one session of a three-part series on art appreciation, and tickets are $9.50 for individual classes or $25 for access to all three. The evening is more than just a PowerPoint of famous paintings, as the lesson will include interactive discussions, snacks and a BYOB friendly venue. You can register for the event on the SEAD Gallery’s website, at

So if you’re at all curious why the Mona Lisa is so famous, how a urinal ever counted as art, or why you should know the name Kehinde Wiley, here is your chance to get some answers! Hopefully, you will leave the evening feeling a little more equipped for your next trip to the museum.