Lauren Allard Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Peter Wang Butler UniversityBeginning in the late 1960s, female artists declared WAR, or a Women’s Art Revolution, on prejudice representations of women in the art world that marginalized and dismissed them as equals when it came to their profession, values, and personal lives. The majority of the 1960s and 1970s were spent tackling gender constructs and the stereotypical ideas of what a woman should and should not be. The Feminist Movement blossomed and cultural awareness of female artists began to rise due to the dedication of women artists such as Judy Chicago, Mary Beth Edelson, and Suzanne Lacy. Feminist activist groups, movements, and organizations began to emerge in an effort to achieve the respect and recognition female artists deserve in such a sexist society. Activist groups and organizations such as Guerilla Girls, Sister Serpents, and Womanhouse confronted exclusionary art institutions by creating feminist art, exposing blatant inequalities, and proving that women deserved more. Thousands of women artists faced injustice and were ostracized for creating art; most of whom suffered in silence feeling unable to share their story and experience with the world. Fifty years later, female artists still face imparity when it comes to respect, recognition, and worth in the art world. Through exploration of the mistakes made in the past, society can continue to cultivate an arts community that is accepting, encouraging, and appreciative of women.
When & Where
Lilly Hall 141