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Reception Planned March 17 for Women's Art Exhibit

March 12, 2014

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MACOMB, IL – A public reception for the Women's Art Women's Vision 2014 exhibit will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, March 17 in the Western Illinois University Multicultural Center.

According to Women's Center Director Janine Cavicchia, this is the 10th women's art exhibit sponsored by the Women's Center since it was founded in 1986. The exhibit runs through the month of March. in recognition of National Women's History Month, and provides an opportunity for campus and surrounding community members to meet some of the artists whose works are on display.

"We sought submissions of all mediums from female students, staff, faculty and alumni, as well as women from the community, and we're pleased with the variety of works and artists again this year," said Cavicchia.

The media on display include acrylic, acrylic on plywood, digital art, lithography, photography (digital, film and collage), watercolor and woodcut print.

According to Cavicchia, the purpose of the exhibit is to bring recognition to established artists and to encourage beginning artists to keep pursuing their talents. The exhibit also provides an opportunity to pay tribute to all of the women throughout history who, because of their gender, were denied admission to art academies, were not acknowledged for their talents and were not included in art history books.

"Women artists have been underrepresented and underappreciated throughout history and, in fact, did not start appearing in art history books until the 1980s," Cavicchia said.

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), only 5 percent of the art currently displayed in U.S. museums was created by women, and there remains just one major museum in the world dedicated solely to women artists. AAUW, in collaboration with the National Museum of Women in the Arts, hosts an annual Art Contest to gain attention for women artists.

"We are pleased with the diversity and quality of artwork submitted, and we appreciate everyone who has helped with this year's exhibit, including the University Art Gallery for providing easels," Cavicchia said. "We invite and encourage members of the campus and broader community to visit the exhibit Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. throughout March."

This year's Women's Art Exhibit participants include:

Students (by county and hometown)

Macomb: Michael Beasley, junior studio art major

Aledo: Linsey Lundeen, junior art major

Peoria: Rachael Albanito, senior art major

Western Illinois University Employees
Sarah Ritter – Digital Imaging Specialist, Visual Production Center

Macomb Community Members
Emilye Fields - Educator
Mary Ann Griffin - Artist
Sandra Mosley - Music Educator
Sandy Nesbit Tracy – Artist/Writer

For more information, contact Cavicchia at the Women's Center at (309) 298-2242 or at

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