DESCRIPTIONThe Committee on Women in the Arts (CWA) promotes the scholarly study and recognition of women’s contributions to the visual arts and to critical and art-historical studies; advocates for feminist scholarship and activism in art; develops partnerships with organizations with compatible missions; monitors the status of women in the visual-arts professions; provides historical and current resources on feminist issues; and supports emerging artists and scholars in their careers.
RECENT PROJECTSThe Committee on Women in the Arts (CWA) researches and makes available published studies on the status of women in the arts while working with CAA to analyze women’s current professional status through questionnaires and databases. CWA collaborates with CAA affiliated societies such as ArtTable, the Feminist Art Project, the Women’s Caucus for Art, and the Queer Caucus (many of whose memberships overlap). Over the years, CWA has worked with other CAA committees—Diversity Practices, Education, and Student and Emerging Professionals, for example—to organize events for the CAA Annual Conference. CWA is involved in the ongoing project of identifying organizations and funding sources that support women in the arts. As this information comes to light, it will be available online to the CAA membership.
CWA PICKSEach month, CWA presents a selection of exhibitions, conferences, symposia, panels, lectures, and other events for the CWA Picks. CWA Picks highlights art and scholarship by women that address gender issues.
Learn more about the CWA.
To Honor and Compfort
LAURIE WESSMAN LEBRETON
September 27, 2018-October 26, 2018
Location: Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, Moraine Valley Community College
Reception: Thursday, Sept, 27, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Artist Talk: 11 a.m.
To Honor and Comfort is Laurie LeBreton’s series of paper tapestries, each a kind of meditation or prayer. Some reach out to a greater power (Worshipping with Red, Instructions for a Ritual, and Homage to the Goddess). Others reach out to a particular person (Solace for Pablo) or refer to an important time (Beverly Shores). In the atrium, Evidence of Things Unseen, a related exhibition, shows pulp paintings that are a fusion of the many different altars in the world.
Saturday, September 22
Location: Dorothy Menker Theater
Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction –Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun! The signature of the Artrageous troupe is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show!
The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one-of-a-kind crossover experience! Even better – the art pieces that are created live on stage will be donated to the Fine and Performing Arts Center and auctioned off after the performance.
Publishing for Creatives
MUST SEE on Sept 20th!
Publishing for Creatives with Bridget Watson Payne
Dreaming Of Seeing Your Work In Published Form? Here’s How To
Make That Happen!
Are you an artist, illustrator, or designer with a great book idea but no idea where to start in publishing? The publishing world can seem opaque, confusing, or daunting from the outside, and many creatives can feel tempted to give up before they even start. But, you can do it! Bridget Watson Payne is going to give you all the information you need to create a book proposal and get your work seen by publishers. Bridget, a published author and artist herself, has more than 15 years' experience inside the publishing industry and is currently Executive Editor of Art Publishing with Chronicle Books. Learn from the best!
This class will cover:
Pullman Arts Walk
Sunday, September 16 at 10 AM – 4 PM
This unique, free event will feature the work of 20+ artists, including several cooperative groups, and will include a peek into artists' studios, yards, garages, alleys and porches....in Pullman, everywhere is a gallery space! Artists include painters, ceramics, film, music, glass, photography, performance, sculpture, fiber arts, random alley art and more. To pick up your map for the walk, visit us on the day of the walk at our PullmanArts display at 11137-49 S. Langley Ave.
Ever since George Pullman brought artists and skilled craftspeople from all over the world to work on the construction of the town of Pullman and his Pullman Palace Cars, luxury rail travel & private train cars, in the late 1800's, artists have been drawn to historic Pullman to live and work. Architect Solon S. Beman designed every historic house & public building in Pullman, which are works of art themselves. Pullman is now a National Monument, do not be surprised if you see park rangers in uniform!
Free street parking throughout the neighborhood. Exit I-94 at Exit 66A, West on 111th St, left on Langley. Metra Electric trains from Millennium Station to 111th St. – flag stop.
The Pullman Cafe will be open from 10am -3pm.
Cal Harbor will be open 6am - 3pm.
The Pier at Harborside Golf Course is open if golfers are golfing.
Potbelly @ 111th & Doty will be open 10am -9pm
11111 S Forrestville Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60628
Doppelganger by Mays Mayhew's
Artist Mays Mayhew will be exhibiting her graphite works that explore different doppelganger forms in the opening exhibition of the fall semester at the SXU Gallery (Located in L-114 of the Warde Academic Center). On view from August 27 to September 18, the work examines double-mindedness, narcissism, spiritualism, introspection and fearlessness.
Mays Mayhew says about her work, “Using pencil on paper, my approach is as simple as my tools. I use the grayscale of graphite to keep the image open-ended for the viewer to mirror, creating a new tangible doppelganger. Ultimately, my art is to create provocative images about the human condition, beautifully.”
Hear more from the artist directly as she presents her work at a reception in the SXU Gallery on Wednesday, September 12 at 3:30 p.m.
Born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Mayhew currently resides in Aurora (west of Chicago, IL) with her husband and two children. She studied studio arts at UW – Madison, WI, Rhode Island School of Design, and in Italy. She has had over 50 exhibitions in 20 years, most notably, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair during Art Basel, Miami. For more details and to see more artwork, visit www.MaysMayhew.com.
MUST SEE on September 5.
Workflow, Time Management and Productivity for Creatives (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. with Lisa Congdon
Get Organized And Get To Work! (Yes, You Can.)
You have everything you need to create and implement effective, lasting organizational systems, whether you know it or not. As creatives we’re taught to believe this isn’t true.
Do any of these common myths about creatives sound familiar to you?
Fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon has worked with over 75 clients around the world including MoMA, REI Co-op, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, and Random House Publishing, among many others. In this class she will teach you how to establish effective, workflows and time management strategies that will to streamline your processes and maximize creative work time. Lisa has spent years developing these systems. The monumental success of her career is proof these systems work. Join us.
In this class you will learn:
Brand Assets with Adobe® InDesign®
Brand Assets with Adobe® InDesign®
Creative Live On Air September 2 -3
Learn How to Use Adobe InDesign to create professional branding assets like business cards, logos and letterhead.
MUST SEE on September 3-4
Color for Designers: Exploration, Theory, & Application
An Accessible Approach To The Serious Study Of Color.
Our response to color comes from the place in our brain where trust, loyalty, behavior, and decision occur – every successful project relies on a designer making smart choices about color.
In Color for Designers: Exploration, Theory, & Application, Richard Mehl will give you a foundational understanding of color theory principles and demonstrate how to apply them. Richard has studied alongside design legends, Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson and Herbert Matter and in this class he’ll share insights gleaned from 12 years of teaching and writing about color in design.
Richard takes an accessible approach to the serious study of color theory for designers. You’ll be exposed to a relevant series of ideas and skills by exploring a range of analog and digital projects. Richard will discuss:
In Color for Designers: Exploration, Theory, & Application you’ll develop a new awareness and sensitivity to color that will bolster your confidence in your personal and professional design work.
Expand Your Creative Mind To Maximize Your Contribution To Team Projects.
Creative Live On Air September 1-2
Putting together a winning team is always a challenge, but the process is even tougher when you throw creativity and innovation into the mix. Collaboration can be the enemy of creativity, preventing the kind of risk-taking needed for truly transformative ideas to emerge.
World-renowned speaker, author and entrepreneur Shane Snow tackles this dilemma by addressing the uncomfortable truths of creative collaboration, showing how we can flip them to our advantage to become in-demand and indispensable, no matter our craft or how much creative room we have to grow.
Shane will explore the human behavior and team dynamics that can help you make any team more creative. He’ll teach you the art and science of lateral thinking—problem solving that takes an indirect and creative approach—so you can push your collaborations to the next level. And he’ll help you build the counter-intuitive skills that will make you more essential and in-demand as a creative partner.
In this class, you’ll learn how to:
Understand the frustrating paradox of breakthrough creativity.
Promote creative friction in order to spark and harness ultra-productive creative conflict.
Brainstorm productively and successfully.
Trick your enemies into helping you make your work and ideas better.
Develop curiosity in others so your big ideas get considered by those with the power and purse strings.
Discover ways to innovate and create in a team environment
Develop intellectual humility so you can become more open-minded and make creative breakthroughs with others.