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2019 Lifetime Achievement Honorees &
President's Award for Art & Activism Recipients

L to R: Olga de Amaral, Mary Beth Edelson, Gladys Barker Grauer, Mira Schor, Aruna D'Souza and L.J. Roberts

The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2019 WCA Lifetime Achievement (LTA) Awards: Olga de Amaral, Mary Beth Edelson, Gladys Barker Grauer, and Mira Schor.  The recipients for the 2019 President's Art & Activism Award are L.J. Roberts and Aruna D'Souza.

The celebration kicks off with a ticketed cocktail reception from 5:30-7:00pm at the New York Institute for Technology (NYIT) on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Guests purchasing reception tickets will be treated to three food stations, butlered treats, an open bar, and the opportunity to congratulate the awardees. Immediately following the reception at 7:00pm, doors will open for attendees for the Awards ceremony in the NYIT Auditorium. The LTA Awards ceremony from 7:30-9:00pm is free and open to the public.

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CALL FOR PAPERS | Deadline August 6
The Intersectionality of Art, Feminism, Postcolonialism, and Sovereignty

In our research on, and analysis of the leadership styles and impact of women artists/activists, museums administrators, art historian activists, and art entrepreneurs, what emerged was the fact that when women hold policy level jobs in institutions, become activists, or introduce new concepts into art, art history, and curatorial practice, their presence changes institutions, studio practice, and even the discipline of art history. As discussed by Heather Iglioliorte, the only PhD in Canada who is Inuk, in her Art Journal article (volume 76, issue 2, 2017) our understanding of art changes when the interpretation of art is based on the cultural position of the artist rather than on neocolonial intellectual structures of art history. Iglioliorte's discussion focuses on how the art of indigenous peoples is viewed through the lens of the Western art canon because the sovereignty of museums is still mostly held by white European-descended curators, directors, and art educators. Analogously, we know that women artists were denigrated until the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s initiated the changes that brought more women into positions of influence through their activism, innovations in art practice, curatorial efforts, critical writing, and leadership positions at museums. We invite artists, critics, and art historians who are thinking about the intersectionality of art, feminism, postcolonialism, and sovereignty to submit papers.

Submissions must  arrive by August 6 to the chairs of the panel: Judith K. Brodsky (jbrodsky3@aol.com) and Ferris Olin (ferris.olin@gmail.com). They are the founding directors of the Rutgers Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (formerly known as the Institute for Women and Art).

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Holly Wong
Northern California Chapter

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