The board of directors for The John Updike Society, which owns The John Updike Childhood Home and is turning it into a museum, had voted to create a separate governing board for the Childhood Home, consisting of the JUS board of directors plus a member of the Updike family and a curator/director, should the board eventually hire one to manage the property. Miranda will serve as the family representative.
Miranda, the youngest child of John Updike and Mary (Pennington Updike) Weatherall, is an artist who lives and works in Ipswich, Mass. Born the same year Rabbit, Run was published, she received her BFA from Mass. College of Art, where she studied with George Nick and Jo Sandman. Since graduating in 1993, Miranda has shown her work in numerous exhibits in and around the Boston area and also works on commissions.
Miranda says her paintings lately have focused “more on surface quality and paint texture than on subject. I have been exploring impasto, stains and washes, varnishes and waxes. With subject, I am drawn to negative spaces and strive to give substance to those voids through the use of color, texture, and contrasting sheen, as I continue to be inspired by the snippets and corners of commonplace domestic vignettes.”
She brings to the board not only a family perspective but an artistic one, and the Society is grateful for her participation.