Category Archives: Women Artists

Susan Grabel: Art that Explores the Human Dimension of Social Issues

Susan Grabel’s recent retrospective at the Staten Island Art Museum offered an exhibition that recognized her 35 plus years of creating art with a social purpose, and brought together works representing the feminist critique of contemporary culture that has brought a larger meaning to her creative work her throughout her career. Continue reading

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Two Artists Share A Painting A Day for 33 Days: Two of 33

Welcome to day two in the 33 Paintings in 33 Days Project of Alaskan artist Nikki Kinne and Wisconsin artist Helen Klebesadel. So far so good. Continue reading

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Two Artists Share A Painting A Day for 33 Days: One of 33

Introducing the 33 Paintings in 33 Days Project that Fairbanks artists Nikki Kinne and Helen Klebesadel agreed to undertake with an eye toward sharing simple playful paintings across the distance between Wisconsin and Alaska. Continue reading

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Breaking the Isolation of the Artist Studio Through Collaboration or Playing Nicely With Others

I love nothing better than working in my art studio alone. I hunger for it. I work hard to protect my art time from other obligations. I can spend endless hours painting, creating, and seeking that place of flow that is timeless and thrilling. It is my favorite thing to do right up until it becomes lonely, oppressive, and isolating. Continue reading

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A Beauty Manifesto: Art As Resistance”

“The making of beauty and of art says that we are alive and we have this beauty within us.” Ann Schaffer, artist Continue reading

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Activist Art: Art That Works

Activist art is, by definition, historically specific. It aims to address particular cultural, political and social concerns with a view to producing concrete social change. It is interesting to me as an artist and an educator how seldom we find an analysis of what makes effective activist art a part of what we teach and learn, especially since we need it now more than ever. Continue reading

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Lessons in Creativity

Accepting my limitations takes on a enjoyable sense of victory when I remember to treat those limitations as intellectual challenges that require me to find creative alternatives. Continue reading

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Knots, Braids, and Twinings: An Artist Explores Social Media

I spent a rousing evening with the Arts Matters folks discussing the difference between using social media for ‘marketing’ your art and using it to build creative community (I’m an advocate for the latter). Continue reading

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Making Art out of Hardship: Remembering the Artist and Activist Rae Atira-Soncea (1953-2009)

The only way to properly mourn a person like Rae Atira-Soncea is to organize opportunities to recognize her creative work and to bring people together to figure out how to put their creative thinking into action. There were many ways people knew Rae personally and professionally, and all of them reflected an acknowledgment of her fierce commitment to positive social change through community building and creative actions that acknowledge the integrity and potential of all individuals. Continue reading

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The Feminist Art Movement

The Feminist Art Movement profoundly influenced contemporary art practices. It introduced feminist content and gender issues; nonhierarchical uses of materials and techniques; and the idea of a multiple-voiced, fluid subject. The women’s art movement has championed the idea that gender is socially and not naturally constructed; validated non-“high art” forms such as craft, video and performance art; questioned the cult of “genius” and “greatness;” and placed an emphasis on pluralist variety rather than concepts of totalizing universalism. Continue reading

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