So I am on this panel on February 11, 2010 in Chicago.
We will be discussing the continuing need for women-only institutions for women artists. I am hoping there is interest in this topic. So far I have only heard from the panel members. Perhaps women artists are working so hard that they don't have time to voice their opinions. I certainly understand that!
I know it's not because women have nothing to say, we all know that. It could be that women are tired talking about and hearing about the same old story, wondering when change is coming! When there won't be a need to have women's institutions. I always remind people that there is no Men's Museum. Does this one count :The Museum of the Mountain Man. We know there is one for women only and Native Americans (who, and I'm not telling you anything you don't know, got a shorter shrift than almost any segment of our society), and of course African American museums abound nationally...
And when you look at mainstream art institutions and other cultural institutions, businesses, etc. you are less likely to see people of color, and more likely to see white Americans, both male and female. (I look for people of color in commercials on TV, in print ads, represented in spreads on the next hottest thing, etc...and they are often missing).
Something else occurred to me, though, that women are dominating some aspects of the art world. Yeah, the top dogs on the art auction market are the males, for sure, but there seems to be more museum directors, curators, artists in MFA programs, art professors, art historians and artists who are female! Not art critics, as far as I can tell. But some art departments are top heavy in females. Does that mean anything?
Anyway, if you are in Chicago, or will be here in February, please plan to attend the panel discussion. If you think it is based on a false premise we should know that!
Keep reading to meet some more panel members...
Investigating the Need for Women's Art Galleries, Exhibitions, and Organizations: From Our Center
Janice Nesser is a mixed media artist who is active in the arts
She currently serves as the President-elect for the national Women's
Caucus for Art and on the Board of the local chapter of the Women's Caucus for
Art. She recently served on the Forums committee for Art St. Louis and on the
Board of the Northern Arts Council. She is a member of the Society for
Photographic Education and College Art Association.
Nesser is an Assistant Professor of Art at
Nesser lives on 3 acres in unincorporated north county (
by Joyce Owens.