Cynthia Navaretta Memorial

Video edited by Judith Kerman

Cynthia Navaretta Memorial

Cynthia Navaretta, a native New Yorker, was born Cynthia Greenberg on January 31st, 1923, she was a graduate architect and mechanical engineer, a rarity in those days, but made a name for herself in what had been traditionally a male-dominated contemporary art world, beginning in the 1940s.

Over a long life she befriended thousands of artists, working most ardently on behalf of women in the arts and women artists of color, specifically. A quiet force, yet one who earned wide respect. She gained recognition in her educated field by designing the air conditioning and heating systems for the New York World’s Fair in 1964. She published Women Artist’s News and established Mid-March Arts Press in the 1970s.

As a member of The Club in the 1950s, Navaretta was one of just a few women to penetrate that male preserve of Abstract Expressionists. As a result of her early access to the members of the New York School painters and sculptors, she and her late husband, the painter Emanual Navaretta, amassed a noteworthy collection of art. She went on to start a series of artist service organizations and serve on the boards of others including: The Artists Certification Committee of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York City Loft Board, The Foundation for the Community of Artists, The College Art Association, the Artists Talk on Art steering committee and later board of directors, the Women’s Caucus on Art, the International Association of Art Critics and a number of others.

Among her many published books were: Women Artists of the World, Mutiny in the Mainstream: Talk that Changed Art 1975 – 1990 (with Judy Seigel), Gumbo Ya Ya: Anthology of African-American Artists and a Guide to Women’s Art Organizations, to name just a few.

She is survived by her son Miles Navaretta, his wife Deborah and a grandchild.

MC: Susan Schwalb
Primary Memorial Speakers: the series of primary speakers will include (in alphabetical order):

Katie Deepwell, publisher
Kari Grimsby, photographer and website designer
Leslie King Hammond, artist, arts administrator, curator and art historian
Cassandra Langer, art critic, art historian and artist
Kim Levin, art critic and writer
Susan Platt, art historian, art critic
Howardina Pindell, artist
Susan Schwalb, artist , art writer
Douglas I. Sheer, artist, writer and Artist Talk on Art Chairman Emeritus
Dorothy Sinclair, actress and friend

Additional speakers are being allotted time at the conclusion of these remarks.

Remembering Cynthia Navaretta

Remembering Cynthia Navaretta

Cynthia Navaretta, writer, editor, publisher and steadfast voice for women in the arts, passed away on May 18. She was 97. Born Cynthia Green on January 31, 1923, she earned a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University (1948), after having studied at the University of Wisconsin and New York University. In 1953, she married architect/painter Emanuel Navaretta and gave birth to a son, Miles. Emanuel was a founding member of the New York Artists Club, which included Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Ad Reinhardt. Her husband died in 1977. Her brother, dancer Martin Green, died in 2003.

As lifelong friend Dorothy Sinclair writes: “One of the earliest female engineers, she deserted that profession to become a leader in the movement to recognize women artists.” Cynthia Navaretta was not only a leader; she was truly a force to be reckoned with! Known for her outspoken and straightforward manner, she did not hesitate to criticize as well as praise. She could be counted upon to be honest with absolutely everyone.

In the early 1970s, she helped found the Women’s Caucus for Art, the Coalition of Women’s Arts Organizations and Women in the Arts. She served on numerous arts committees and boards, such as NYC’s Artist Certification Committee, SoHo 20 Gallery and the Foundation for the Community of Artists. In the late 1980s, she assumed the role of Acting Director of FCA, when its former director stepped down.In 1975, she began publication of the Women Artists Newsletter, which evolved into the magazine, Women Artist News. Circulation eventually reached a readership of 10,000. Contributors included artists such as Joyce Kozloff, Miriam Schapiro, Sylvia Sleigh, Nancy Spero and May Stevens.

In 1979, Navaretta authored the Guide to Women’s Art Organizations and Directory for the Arts. The archive she diligently maintained of women artists in the U.S. (1970-2005) is now housed in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

By Virginia Maksymowicz

Helène Aylon Remembered

Helène Aylon Remembered

L to R: Susan Fisher Sterling, Stephanie Sherman, Janice Nesser-Chu, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Marilyn Hayes, Susan King, Juana Guzman, Brenda Oelbaum, Helène Aylon, and Tomie Arai at the WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC in 2016. See images of the event at: or download the catalog

Helène Aylon: 1931–2020, May Her Memory Be a Blessing

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY and writer AMY POWELL honor the late Jewish feminist artist Helène Aylon.



This program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute $250,000 in unrestricted grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time. A link to the application form will be made available here on Monday, April 6 at 10:00 AM EDT.



APPLICATION CLOSES: Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 6:00 PM EDT

APPLICATION NOTIFICATION: By Thursday, April 30, 2020

Due to anticipated high demand, applications will be accepted from Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 8. All applications will be reviewed after the closing date. Funds will be awarded to eligible applicants in the order in which applications are received.


  • Applicants must be visual artists identifying as women (who work in Digital/New Media, Drawing, Film/Video, Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture).
  • Applicants must be 40 years or older on the date their application is submitted.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate activity in their artistic discipline over the past 5 years.
  • Applicants must show documented losses of income for the period of February 1 – July 30, 2020.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in any of the 50 states, District of Columbia or U.S. territories.


  • Description of losses along with documentation in the form of signed contracts, email confirmations, letters of agreement or materials describing the confirmed date of activity and fee to be paid.
  • Proof of cancellation of activity in the form of state-based shutdown communication, email or personal communication about closure/job loss/opportunity postponement, etc).
  • Amount requested. Any amount up to $2,500.
  • Demonstration of artistic activity over the last 5 years. This can be in the form of a CV/resume, link to website, copies of press or recent grant awards.
  • Proof of age. Upload passport or state-issued ID.

All questions should be directed to


The Quilts of Pauline Parker

The Quilts of Pauline Parker

The Quilts of Pauline Parker

When my mother was a girl she started capturing the streets of her hilly town of Alton, Illinois, in paint. She made her way to Chicago to study at the Art Institute of Chicago where her work was included in many of their national and international watercolor shows in the 1940’s. Also a gifted teacher, Pauline shared her love of art making at Northbrook High School for many years.

When she and my father, a sculptor and builder, retired to rural Wisconsin, she continued to paint the landscape and began to make quilts. First they were pattern quilts with patches from Oshkosh jeans and bacon bags, my father’s favorite. Then stories emerged on biblical themes, women’s narratives, scenes of nature, and a pure fantasy that was all her own. She loved to show the quilts around the Midwest and talk about her ideas.

From the late 1980s to 2003, she completed more than 50 quilts. After she passed away, I started the Parker Art Legacy, LLC in 2014 to preserve and promote her work. We are honored and thrilled to have the Milwaukee Art Museum present her work in “The Quilts of Pauline Parker” on exhibit from March 20 to July 19, 2020.

Featured Image: Moses, quilt with appliqué, 91”x 80”, 1988
Photography by Patrick Young.


Anita Hill and the Senate Judiciary Committee, quilt with appliqué, 75”x 62”, 1988

Eleanor Dickinson Exhibit at GTU Adams Gallery

Eleanor Dickinson Exhibit at GTU Adams Gallery

Two of her life-size line drawings will be exhibited as part of “Beyond Words – art inspired by sacred texts” at the Graduate Theological Union – Doug Adams Gallery (2465 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley, CA), 5 September – 13 December 2019. Please come to the opening reception Thursday, 5 September 5-7 pm. The works to be shown are “Adam” and “Eve,” created in 1967 for the Temple Gallery, at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco.

Statement about the work:
My mother, Eleanor Creekmore Dickinson, was interested in art and religion all of her life. An early exhibit was the 1967 Old Testament figures show at the Temple Gallery, Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. The figures were life size, free standing, line drawings on paper inspired by Bible stories. Adam lounging and Eve playing in the Garden of Eden are two of the figures from the Temple show. Another famous series she created was called “Revival!” presenting fundamentalist Christian worship in the American South. “Revival!” was exhibited in a variety of locations from 1970 to 1981, has two books about it, and can be seen in part in the collections of the Oakland Museum, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and Tennessee State Museum. Eleanor Dickinson was a powerful artist, beloved professor at California College of the Arts, feminist and art activist. She was involved in drawing the emotional expressions of people in all aspects of life, often in a religious context.

More information about Eleanor Creekmore Dickinson:

“Bearing Witness,” organized by the Central Massachusetts Chapter of The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA)

“Bearing Witness,” organized by the Central Massachusetts Chapter of The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA)


Mia Scheffey creates a picture by intuition. She has no finished image in mind when she begins to paint. She does not simply execute a preconceived idea, following some linear logic. Instead, she builds a painting by making a mark — a brush stroke — that feels right, then in effect allows the picture to “answer” her with another message about which mark, which color, which texture needs to come next. The process can’t be rushed. It is a kind of dialogue, Ms. Scheffey says, a conversation between the painter and the painting.

The Vermont-based abstract expressionist will be the featured artist in a women-only exhibition entitled “Bearing Witness,” organized by the Central Massachusetts Chapter of The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) and mounted at Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg, Mass. Helen Obermeyer Simmons, President of the Central Mass. Chapter, explains that the exhibit will focus on the artists’ sharing of experiences (which in some cases were traumatic) as the mainspring for their artwork. “When important events have taken place in my life,” Ms. Obermeyer Simmons says, recalling the death of family members and the birth of her children, “my first response is to make an image.”

Yet the featured artist’s work is non-representational, and hence is not likely to convey anything concrete about her experiences. The work conveys emotion and impressions by way of pure form and color. Mia contends that her paintings take on a life of their own in the midst of creation. There is a tension that builds as the marks create a structure of their own. The artist has learned that mistakes can occur while creating the painting’s energy field. Instinctive and intuitive though it is, the process has its own plan and schedule, so to say, and the “stakes” get higher as the painting nears completion.

“The reason abstract painting is so difficult is that one is not trying to represent anything,” Ms. Scheffey explains. “Instead, one is reaching to articulate something as of yet unknown or unseen to oneself…a memory, a feeling, an experience. So you are always starting from a place of being lost and searching for the way, and you must discover new combinations of line, color and form to search out and express this way.”

The Women’s Caucus for Art is a non-profit organization founded in 1972, dedicated to creating “community through art, education, and social activism,” according to the group’s mission statement. WCA recognizes the contributions of women in the arts, provides women with professional development, supports art activism, and advocates for equity in the arts all over the world. At the international level, WCA is a non-governmental organization of the United Nations and a founding institutional member of The Feminist Art Project.

“Bearing Witness” is an all-women project focusing on the concerns and commitments of women everywhere, employing work in pastel, watercolor, printmaking, photography, fiber art, sculpture and collage from a feminine and feminist perspective. Artists who will participate in the exhibit include WCA members Gail Bloom, C.M. Judge, Helen Obermeyer Simmons, Tamar Russell Brown, owner of Gallery Sitka, Kate Shaffer, Joanne Stowell, Sylvia Vander Sluis, Elsa Voelcker and Susan Wadsworth. Other Gallery Sitka artists will also be represented in this show. This opening reception will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2 – 4 p.m, at Gallery Sitka West, 454 Main St. in downtown Fitchburg.

The exhibition continues at the gallery through Dec. 1. Art lovers are encouraged to go to and for more information.

WCA Lifetime Achievements Awards

WCA Lifetime Achievements Awards

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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Ticket counter opens Oct 1

A.I.R. Gallery Benefit

Ticket for the A.I.R. Gallery benefit honoring Kazuko Miyamoto


Tribute to Kazuko Miyamoto

Monday, November 5, 6:30pm
Zürcher Gallery
33 Bleecker StreetNew York, NY 10012

A.I.R. Gallery would like to invite you to an intimate dinner honoring the distinguished artist and early A.I.R. member Kazuko Miyamoto during her solo exhibition at Zürcher Gallery. Miyamoto has been an outstanding champion of feminist and alternative spaces in the art world at A.I.R. and at her own Lower East Side gallery onetwentyeight. She is a preeminent figure in minimalism. Her decades-long interest in line, irregularity, and string constructions can be summed up in her own words from 1973:

“Kazuko create[s] linear system[s] by extending string between nails on wall. These materials and lighting form an area of sensitivity and spaciousness. The most beautiful is to have nothing on the wall, the second most beautiful is to have line on it, and then the third is to break the wall.”

Please join us for a Japanese-inspired three-course meal prepared by A.I.R. Artists. Tickets include cocktails, dinner, and a work of art by gallery artists and friends featured in a raffle.

Very limited seating available, purchase your ticket before they sell out.