This panel during the College Art Association 2010 meeting in Chicago examining women's inclusion in the international art conversation looks at persistent issues that haven't gone away, yet! We may solve some of the issues or even find that some things have greatly improved.
The presenters that include historians, a gallerist, artists, and professors will provide stats on major arts expos and exhibitions, providing local, national and international perspectives on the subject. Literally near the center of the country, we are a Chicago-based group, an additional support for the "from our center" portion of the title of the discussion, and we are confronting a central, core concern for all women.
We will highlight the numerous women's art organizations in the country and hope to add somewhat to their visibility and also attack the often asked question : who needs women only venues?
Time is not on our side having a short 45 minutes to address a serious concern, we won't hit every mark, but we think a Power Point presentation and a handout will support the conversation. We are quite determined to get audience participation and we request that attendees come with their own points-of-view and concerns. I think we'd like to hear a different answer than the one our research so far indicates.
This blog is a conduit for questions, concerns, guest bloggers and other relevant additional materials, whether supporting the idea of women only institutions or not. If you have a totally different idea about this problem I welcome your input!
Now I would like to introduce one of the panelists.
Joanna Gardner-Huggett is an associate professor of history of art and
architecture at DePaul University. Her research interests include the
history of women's collaborative and activist art practice, particularly in Chicago. Her most recent publications address the work of Julia Thecla (1896-1973) and Artemisia Gallery, Chicago (1973-2003)
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"Birds of a Feather" acrylic and collage on canvas, 30" x 40" by Joyce Owens (above)