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2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards


Announces the 2017 Awards Recipients

The Women’s Caucus for Art Announces the 2017 Lifetime Achievement and President’s Award for Art & Activism Recipients and plans for the Gala Celebration in New York City.

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Audrey Flack, Martha Rosler,
and Charlene Teters will receive the2017 WCA Lifetime Achievement (LTA) Awards. Kat Griefen will receive the 2017 President's Award for Art & Activism.

Please join us for the awards celebration on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the New York Institute or Technology (NYIT),
1871 Broadway at 61st Street, New York, NY 10023

The celebration opens with a ticketed cocktail reception from 6:00–7:30pm.  Guests purchasing reception tickets will be treated to three food stations, butlered hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and the opportunity to congratulate the honorees. Tickets will be available starting October 10, 2016. Purchase your tickets here.

The ceremony will take place from 8:00–9:30pm in the NYIT Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

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For more information on the event download our Press Release


2017 WCA  Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients


Mary Schmidt Campbell


Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Tenth President, Spelman College, a leading women’s college dedicated to the education and global leadership of Black women. Before coming to Spelman, she served for over two decades as Dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

An art historian and former curator, Dr. Campbell began her career in New York as executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the country’s first accredited Black fine arts museum and a linchpin in Harlem’s redevelopment. She served as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs under two mayors and in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Dr. Campbell received her doctorate from Syracuse University and has written and lectured widely about Black artists, cultural policy and arts education.

Currently, Dr. Campbell is completing a biography of Romare Bearden for Oxford University Press.


Audrey Flack


Audrey Flack, a pioneer of photorealism (the only woman in the ground breaking group) and a nationally recognized painter and sculptor, Audrey Flack and Mary Cassat were the first women artists to be included in Janson’s “History of Art” text.

Audrey Flack’s work is in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Art in Canberra, Australia.  She was the first photorealist painter to have work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art.

Her public sculpture has been monumental and spearheading a return to representational public art. Her mission is to present women not as mere sex objects gazing up at a general on a horse, but as strong, intelligent, purposeful individuals with a powerful physiognomy and inner and outer beauty.

Throughout her career, Flack’s work has been featured in numerous traveling museum exhibitions, including Breaking the Rules—Audrey Flack a retrospective 1950–1990, published by Abrams, curator and editor Thalia Gouma Peterson with essays by Patricia Hills, Thalia Gouma Peterson, Lawrence Alloway, and Susan Casteras. Most recently in 2015–2016 Heroines: Audrey Flack's Transcendent Drawings and Prints, at The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; The Hyde Museum, Glenns Falls, New York; Williams Center Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and in 2015, Audrey Flack, the Abstract Expressionist Years, at Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, NY, and Transient Beauty: Photographs by Audrey Flack, at Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA.


Martha Rosler


Martha Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. Her work focuses on the public sphere, exploring issues from everyday life and the media to architecture and the built environment, especially as they affect women.

Rosler has for many years produced works on war and the national security climate, connecting life at home with the conduct of war abroad, in which her photomontage series played a critical part. She has also published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and gentrification.

A retrospective of her work has been shown internationally, and her writing is published widely in publications such as Artforum, e-flux journal, and Texte zur Kunst.

In 2012, she presented a new series of photographs, taken during her trip to Cuba in January 1981, and in November, she presented the Meta-Monumental Garage Sale at MoMA in New York. In 2013, e-flux and Sternberg Press published her book of essays, Culture Class, which deals with the role of artists in cities and gentrification. Most recently, she produced the exhibition and public project Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland.

Rosler lives and works in Brooklyn.


Charlene Teters


Charlene Teters is the Academic Dean of the college at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She is a citizen of the Spokane Nation and well known for her work as an artist, writer, educator, and activist.

Teters earned an AFA from IAIA (1986,) a BFA from the College of Santa Fe (1988), and a MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1994). In addition, she awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Mitchell College, New London, CT.

After establishing the Racial Justice Office at the National Congress of American Indians, Charlene Teters returned to IAIA in 1992 as Director of Alumni Relations and Student Retention—and later was appointed as a full-time faculty member in the Studio Arts Department. In 2013, she was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Additionally, she served as a Visiting Lecturer in the Art Department at the Ohio State University and received a two-year appointment as the Hugh O. LaBounty Endowed Chair at the California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, CA.
In 2000, Teters was appointed as the Interim Dean of the Academic Division during IAIA’s transition and move from the College of Santa Fe campus to their new campus.

Teters has exhibited internationally and maintained an active presence lecturing and delivering keynote speeches and commencement addresses across the United States. She first gained national prominence as a graduate student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she led protests against the degrading depictions of American Indian caricatures used as sport teams’ mascots and was the subject of the award-winning documentary In Whose Honor by Jay Rosenstein. In 2002, she received a New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.


2017 President’s Award for Art & Activism Recipient


Stephanie Sherman


Kat Griefen is an art dealer and an art historian. From 2006 until 2011 Griefen was the Director of A.I.R. Gallery, which was founded in 1972 as the first non-profit gallery for women artists in the United States.

She has been a Senior Lecturer at Rutgers University, New Brunswick for five years and has also taught in the Graduate Program in Liberal Studies at Rutgers University, Camden. Griefen is also a Lecturer at Queensborough Community College in the Art and Design Department with a focus on Gallery and Museum Studies. She has lectured widely at other institutions including New York University, Washington University, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, and the National Academy Museum among others. Griefen is a Board Member of the Feminist Art Project (TFAP).  She has a MA in Art History from Hunter College and a BA in Art History and in Women Studies from Purchase College.

Since 2011 she has been the co-owner of Accola Griefen which represents and offers work by Modern and Contemporary artists, with a primary focus on American women artists and feminist artists of historical significance..