April 1, 2014

Lecture: "Why the WPA Was Not Enough for Chicago Women Artists"
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Tillman Hall 212

It is well established that the New Deal's Federal Art Project (FAP) played an essential role in advancing the careers of numerous women artists by providing a monthly wage. However, when examining the histories of Gertrude Abercrombie, Macena Barton, Fritzi Brod and Julia Thecla, it is clear that while the FAP propelled their development as artists, it was not enough to ensure notoriety for the remainder of their lives.

This presentation will examine the varied strategies utilized by these women to assert the visibility of their art, particularly the founding of the Women Artists' Salon (1937-c.1952), which would focus on encouraging local collectors to purchase women's artwork, as well as foster stronger relationships with critics, curators, and gallerists.

This lecture will be presented by Dr. Joanna Gardner-Huggett, associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University in Chicago, where she teaches courses in twentieth century art and women's and gender studies.

Co-sponsors for this lecture include the WIU Department of Women's Studies and the Knox College Department of Art History. This lecture also is funded in part by a Visiting Lectures Committee grant award.
Related Web Site: University Art Gallery
Contact Information:
 Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson
 Phone: (309) 298-1587
 Email: am-hayes-hawkinson@wiu.edu
Source: Art Gallery

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