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Kim Abeles, Dinner for Two in One Month of Smog, 2012
Smog (particulate matter) on porcelain dinnerware and linen tablecloth, 28 x 27.5 x 48.5 inches

Abeles, Kim (1952- )

Born in Richmond Heights, MO

Years Exhibited:
1990-1991

Education:
1990, MFA, University of California, Irvine

Collections:
Cultural Centre of Berchem, Belgium
Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, MO

Website:
http://www.kimabeles.com/

Artist Statement:

The Smog Collectors materialize the reality of the air we breathe. I place cut, stenciled images on transparent or opaque plates or fabric, then leave these on the roof of my studio and let the particulate matter in the heavy air fall upon them. After a period of time, from four days to a month, the stencil is removed and the image is revealed in smog. To quote a stranger, they are "footprints of the sky."

Biography:

Kim Abeles' installations and community projects cross disciplines and media to explore broad social issues. Kim Abeles: Encyclopedia Persona A-Z toured the United States and South America, sponsored by the United States Information Agency. She has exhibited in twenty-two countries, including large-scale installations in Vietnam, Thailand, Czech Republic, England, China and forthcoming in South Korea. She represented the U.S. in both the Fotografie Biennale Rotterdam and the Cultural Centre of Berchem in Antwerp. Abeles received fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Community Foundation, and Pollack-Krasner Foundation.

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Cecile Abish, Shifting Concern, 1975
Excavation and mound area, 50 x 50 feet

Abish, Cecile

Currently resides in NY

Years Exhibited:
1974-1975, 1981, 1984

Artist Statement:

The terrain supplies the essential material for the construction of Shifting Concern. The self-contained cross-shaped work consists of a fifty foot long excavated trench that is intersected by the fifty foot long mound created with the dug up earth.

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Virginia Abrams, Reflections 5, 2009
Fiber art, 36.5 x 29 inches

Abrams, Virginia (1943- )

Born in Ithaca, NY
Resides in Hockessin, DE

Year Exhibited:
2002

Education:
BS, Cornell University
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Website:
www.virginiaabrams.com

 

Artist Statement:

Using silks and hand dyed cottons, Virginia creates quilts with abstract designs inspired by biomorphic shapes from the natural world. Her introduction to art quilts was in 1997, and has been a nice fusion of her long time passion for fabrics and sewing, her interest in the natural world and the use of her formal education in chemistry and biochemistry to dye fabrics. Many of her recent pieces have been inspired by her photos of the natural abstract forms of the reflections of dock structures along the edge of the water.

My exhibit with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series in 2002 was my first solo show, and a welcome confirmation that my work was valued.

Biography:

Born in Ithaca, New York in 1943, Virginia has lived in Hockessin, Delaware since 1969. Her formal education was in chemistry and biochemistry at Cornell (BS) and MIT (PhD).

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Bobbi Adams, The Ocean, 2004
Handmade paper collage with found objects, 16 x 16 inches

Adams, Bobbi (1939- )

Born in Plainfield, NJ
Currently resides in Bishopville, SC

Years Exhibited:
1975-1976

Education:
BS, Wheaton College
MA, New York University

Website:
www.bobbiadams.com

Artist Statement:

I use materials from the earth: paper produced from my own plants, paint made from minerals. Bones, fruits, leaves, flowers are featured in my collage and shadowbox work.

A large oil, exhibited at Douglass College, started me thinking seriously about a career as a professional artist. I gave up the teaching of science in public school to pursue my dream.

Biography:

Born 1939, Plainfield, NJ. BS in Zoology and Chemistry, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL; Life Member, Art Students League of New York; National Academy of Design; and MA in Studio from New York University. I am also a master gardener and a master naturalist.

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Sachiko Akyama, Deeper Than You Imagined, 2012
Wood and paint, 49 x 36.5 x 2 inches

Akiyama, Sachiko

Born 1973 in Rochester, NY
Currently living in Boston, MA

Year Exhibited:
2005

Education:
1995, BA, Amherst College
2002, MFA, Boston University

Collections:
DeCordova Museum, MA

Website:
Sachikoakiyama.com

Artist Statement:

I use portraiture to examine the isolated and complex nature of an individual's psychological experience of the world. Starting from large laminated blocks of wood, I carve portraits of myself, friends and family holding deliberate poses and oftentimes interacting with wild animals. These allegorical and dreamlike images are derived from a combination of personal memories, family history, dreams, and symbols from a variety of cultures including my own Japanese heritage.

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Emma Amos, All I know of Wonder, 2008
Oil on linen and African fabric borders, 70 x 56 inches
Copyright: Emma Amos
Photo credit: Becket Logan
Art copyright Emma Amos/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Amos, Emma (1938- )

Born in Atlanta, GA
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1989, 1992, 1996-1997

Education:
Antioch College
New York University
Central School of Art, London

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Wadsworth Atheneum, CT
Newark Museum, NJ

Website:
www.emmaamos.com

Artist Statement:

Emma Amos's paintings, etchings, silk screens, photography, weavings and her use of collected African fabrics challenge prejudices against blacks, women artists and craft. Her works also examine assumptions about privilege, power, imagery, whiteness, power and desire. The artist is concerned with identifying, critiquing and understanding contemporary culture, ideas, prejudices and the history she has lived.

Biography:

Painter, printmaker, and weaver Emma Amos was born in 1938 and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. In the 1960s, she was the only female member of Spiral along with Hale Woodruff, Romare Bearden and others. In the 1970s she led, developed and co-hosted (with Beth Gutcheon) "Show of Hands", a show of arts and crafts for WGBH Educational TV in Boston. Amos was Professor II at the Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University for 28 years, retiring as Chair of the Visual Arts department in 2008. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the New Jersey State, Minnesota State, Dade County and Newark Museums, among many others. She has won prestigious grants from National Endowment for the Arts and Pollock-Krasner Foundation and other awards. The artist continues to work in her studio in downtown New York.

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Eleanor Antin, 100 BOOTS Move On, 1972
Black and white photograph taken in Sorrento Valley, CA. June 24, 1972, 8:50am
Image courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

Antin, Eleanor (1935- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in San Diego, CA

Year Exhibited:
1982

Collections:
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Tate Gallery, London, England
Beaubourg, Paris, France

Artist Statement:

Since the mid 60s I've made photographic works, video, and film works, performances and installations as well as literary works and drawings. I'm not a genre specialist, I'm an artist. Whether working with the  slippery nature of the self or the wider domain of culture and politics, I moved through ambiguities and ironies towards ever receding horizons and hopeless endings but somehow, I always came up laughing.

Biography:

Emeritus Professor, University of California at San Diego. Many one woman exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Many performances including the Venice Biennale and the Sydney Opera House. Feature film "The Man Without a World" screened at the Berlin Film Fest., USA Film Fest., London Film Fest, San Francisco Jewish Film Fest., etc. Many awards including an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Caucus of the College Art Association (2006).

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Joan Arbeiter, What? Can Anything be Better than Tide?, 1998-2004
Mixed medi assemblage shadow box in plexi frame, 2.75 x 17.25 x 21.25 inches

Arbeiter, Joan (1937- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in Metuchen, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1982, 1998-1999

Education:
BA, Brooklyn College
MFA, Pratt Institute

Collections:
Noyes Museum
Ms. Foundation

Website:
http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base/gallery/Joan_Arbeiter
http://varoregistry.org/arbeiter/index.html

Artist Statement:

I have come to understand how vital the feminist consciousness is and how my own life and work may be considered relevant when seen through this lens.

The Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series provided my first exposure to contemporary women's art and I am still working from that initial flood of insight and pleasure. I later joined two colleagues to interview artists in this series, resulting in the book Lives and Works: Talks with Women Artists, Vol 2 and I also produced a mixed media portrait of each artist which includes a visual reference to her work and her handwritten notes.

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Dotty Attie, SMACK, 2004
Oil paint on linen, 3 panels each 6 x 6 inches

Attie, Dotty (1938- )

Born in Pennsauken, NJ
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1979-1980, 1981

Education:
Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts)
Brooklyn Museum Art School

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Whitney Museum, NY
Brooklyn Museum, NY

Website:
http://www.ppowgallery.com/selected_work.php?artist=4

Artist Statement:

I use the most impersonal material (copies of other people's images) to try to make the most personal art.

Having grown up in New Jersey, being invited to have an exhibition in the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series was extremely exciting for me, metaphorically showing my family that I could achieve my dreams.

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Aliza Augustine, A Handmaid's Tale, 2010
Digital c-print, 30 x 40 inches

Augustine, Aliza

Born in Rehovat, Israel
Currently resides in West New York, NJ

Year Exhibited:
2010

Education:
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design

Collections:
Kent and Vicki Logan Collection, Vale, CO
Meditech Corp., Boston, MA
Don Wenzel, Louisville, KY

Website:
www.alizaaugustine.com

Artist Statement:

These photographs are from the series "Is It Safe" which use photographs of members of my family as backdrops to socio-political and autobiographic doll narratives.

Working towards this show helped me fine tune and focus my work.Since the show I have been invited to show my work in more venues.

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Nancy Azara, Third Moon, 2011
Carved and painted wood with aluminum leaf and encaustic, 7 x 7 x 1 feet

Azara, Nancy (1939- )

Born and currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1971-1972, 1972-1973, 1981, 1992

Education:
Finch College
SUNY Empire State College

Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, NJ

Website:
www.nancyazara.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Azara

Artist Statement:

Nancy Azara's work is carved, assembled and highly painted wood with gold and silver leaf and encaustic. The wood, the paint and the layers that make up the sculpture record a journey of memory, images and ideas often with tracings of leaves, branches and trees, made as if they are pressed into the wood. A parallel body of work, mixed media collages and rubbings, develop alongside the sculpture.

My two exhibits at the M.H. Dana Series were in 1971 & 72, very early on in the series. It was at a time when I was exploring the impact and influence of the women's movement on my work. I loved showing my work at the library and everyone was so supportive and helpful and interested. This made a sturdy base to have as the years went on.

Biography:

Nancy Azara (born October 13, 1939) is a sculptor. She was born and currently lives in New York. She is a graduate of Finch College, NY; Empire State College, S.U.N.Y. and studied at the Art Students League of New York and at the Lester Polakoff Studio of Stage Design. Her work is in the following collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, a public installation at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, NJ, among others.

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Tova Beck-Friedman, still from Medusa's Head, 2011
Video, dimensions n/a

Beck-Friedman, Tova

Born in Israel
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1978-1979, 1979-1980

Collections:
New Jersey State Museum
Newark Museum, NJ
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

Website:
www.tbfstudio.com

Artist Statement:

Working in the intersection of mythology and contemporary culture, I juxtapose timeworn images with modern representation, highlighting our perception of memory, its impact and the power it holds on the present.

Biography:

Born in Israel, living and working in New York, NY, Tova Beck-Friedman is a multimedia artist working in video, photography and sculpture. Recipient of several grants and artistic residencies, her work has been was broadcast on PBS stations and Israeli TV and shown in international venues including: The International Artists' Museum, at the 50th Venice Biennale; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; The Jerusalem Cinematheque; The Newark Museum; Cinematic Film and experimental film & video art, Paris, France; The Norwegian Short Film Festival; International Short Film Festival Detmold, Germany; Pärnu International Film Festival, Estonia and Women in Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Andrea Belag, WOBBLE, 2011
Oil on linen, 45 x 38 inches

Belag, Andrea (1951- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
1995

Collections:
The Jewish Museum, NY
New Jersey State Museum
Newark Museum, NJ

Website:

www.andreabelag.com

Artist Statement:

I am more than ever focused on making my mark with brushes, knives and rags in oil colors and washes. I begin each painting with an external source, an image from a movie, or a cultural reference, for instance, but it is synthesized through touch and material and light.

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Francisca Benitez, Oro Dulce, 2011
Single channel video, color, sound, 90:00 minutes

Benitez, Francisca (1974- )

Born in Santiago, Chile
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
2005

Education:
1998, BArch, University of Chile
2007, MFA, Hunter College

 

Website:
franciscabenitez.org

Artist Statement:

The video piece I showed at the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series in 2005 was about the excesses of the Patriot Act and its intrusions in the life of ordinary citizens. I want my work to be part of collective actions that forward mutual understanding, tolerance, solidarity and justice. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of this.

Biography:

Francisca Benitez was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1974. She graduated as an architect from the University of Chile in 1998, and Master in Fine Arts from Hunter College CUNY in 2007. Her work was most recently exhibited at El Museo del Barrio in New York and Parc de la Villette in Paris. She lives and works in New York since 1998.

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Siona Benjamin, Finding Home No. 53 ("Amistad"), 2002
Gouache on paper, 9 x 11 inches

Benjamin, Siona

Born in Bombay, India
Currently resides in the USA

Year Exhibited:
2008

Education:
1981, Diploma in Fine Arts, J.J. School of Art, India
1983, Diploma in Metals, J.J. School of Art, India
1989, MFA, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
1993, MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Collections:
Hunderdon Museum, NJ
New Jersey State Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, PA

Website:
www.artsiona.com

Artist Statement:

I am inspired by traditional styles of painting, like Indian/Persian miniatures, Byzantine icons and Jewish and Christian illuminated manuscripts, but I blend these ancient forms with pop cultural elements from our times to create a new vocabulary of my own. Using the rich colors of gouache I apply layers, literally with the paint, as well as metaphorically with the content.

Biography:

Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Jewish and Christian illuminated manuscripts. She has her first MFA in Painting and a second MFA in Theater set design. Exhibited in US, Europe and Asia. Received a 2004Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts amongst several other awards, residencies and grants. Her work has been featured in: The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Jewish Week in NYC and NJ, The Boston Globe, Art in America, Art New England, Art and Antiques, Moment magazine and Nashim-A Jewish Feminist Art Journal.

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Siri Berg, Straight Line and Bars, 1996
Oil and linen, 3 panels each 30 x 20 inches

Berg, Siri

Born in Stockholm, Sweden
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
2000-2001 Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence

Education:
BA, Institute of Art and Architecture, University of Brussels
Pratt Graphics Center

Collections:
Guggenheim Museum, NY
Moderna Museet, Sweden
The Jewish Museum, NY

Website:
www.siriberg.com

Artist Statement:

As New York art historian and critic Palmer Poroner put it back in 1995, "The transitions of color harmonies are subtle, compelling the eye to search them out. Berg's harmonies are unusual, refreshing. The purity of Berg's colors, whether intense or muted, harmonizes into richness." The three canvases shown here, "Straight Line and Bars" were created in 1996, were purposely sequenced to slow down the viewers attention to recognized the increased simplicity in each canvas moving from left to right.

Biography:

Siri Berg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, receiving a B.A. from the Institute of Art and Architecture at the University of Brussels. Moving to the States at the young age of nineteen she became a fully immersed New York Painter. But as ARTnews critic Gerard Haggerty once said, "Siri Berg's childhood begins in Sweden, where dark, protracted winters relieved by the splendor of the summer: a short-lived season of long, sun-drenched says, and evening skies which reflect the flow of the midnight sun. As you study Berg's canvases, imagine the world she left behind."

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Hillary M. Binder-Klein, And the Sun was Rising, 2008
Acrylics, 16 x 20 inches

Binder-Klein, Hillary M. (1956- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in Freehold, NJ

Year Exhibited:
1998-1999

Education:
1975, CUNY Brooklyn College
1978, Douglass College, Rutgers University

Artist Statement:

My acrylic paintings depict moments in nature that make me catch my breath, stop and absorb the beauty that is being bestowed upon us. These are moments when the color is the brightest or most beautiful and silence is the loudest. I try to capture the second or two when perfection or serenity exists and nothing is as important as what is happening or not happening at all.

The "Alumnae Artists Exhibit" of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series was the first opportunity for my work to be seen by a larger audience in such a prestigious environment. To be included in an exhibit with so many well known women artists was an inspiration and helped to build my confidence in continuing to paint.

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Suzanne Bladon, Jazz, 1994
Collage, 12.75 x 9 inches

Bladon, Suzanne (1925- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in Morristown, NJ

Years Exhibited:
2001-2002

Education:
BA, New York University

Collections:
Mr. and Mrs. John Schick, Hudson, FL
Mr. Nathan Halpern, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Lythe, Morristown, NJ

Artist Statement:

Collage celebrates and enhances fragments of beauty that may be lost forever. A mind set in collage is one entering in a world of Renaissance paintings, faded fabrics, and paper masks. It is inks and pastel, watercolors and oil - wherever the mind takes your imagination and material.

The Women Artists Series encouraged me to continue on the path I was following. The work, surprisingly to me, piqued the attention of an audience not familiar with collage, and I was asked (by the viewers) to take a "walk around" with them and talk about it. Wonderful!

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Jan Blair, #180. Totally Random, 2009
Collage, 8.5 x 11 inches
Published in Fourth Genre, Vol. 14.1, Spring 2012, Michigan State University

Blair, Jan (1950- )

Born in Milwaukee, WI
Currently resides in Claremont, CA

Year Exhibited:
1998

Education:
1977, AA, Milwaukee Technical College
1993, BFA, California State University

Artist Statement:

My current work involves newspapers and each collage combines text and images culled exclusively from a single daily edition. I believe, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that there are hidden messages, statements, and information waiting to be discovered/uncovered. Finding them is my self-assigned task. I am looking for clues that tell me more about the culture I am living in than the status quo's spoon-fed claim to give us "all the news that's fit to print." The resulting collage can be surprising or amusing, but often reflect personal opinions and experiences we share.

My exhibition, Glimpsing Romania, 1998, in collaboration with Nancy Macko, enabled me to combine several creative techniques: still photography, video, assemblage, and journaling. The Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series afforded me the opportunity to present a complex experience, revealing both frustration and delight while traveling through post-communist Romania in 1996.

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Judith Blum Reddy, Memoria, 2012
Mixed media on wood, 20 units

Blum Reddy, Judith

Year Exhibited:
1985

Education:
BFA, Cooper Union

Collections:
Fond National d'Art Contemporain
Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Cleveland Museum of Art

Website:
http://judyblumreddy.com/

 

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Louise Bourgeoise, The Destruction of the Father, 1974
Latex, plaster, wood, fabric, and red light, 93 5/8 x 142 5/8 x 97 7/8 inches
Image courtesy of Cheim & Read and Hauser & Wirth
Photo credit: Rafael Labato

Bourgeois, Louise (1911-2010)

Born in Paris, France

Years Exhibited:
1974-1975, 1981, 1984

Education:
1921-1927, Lycée Fénelon and Collège Sévigné
1932, Sorbonne, University of Paris
1936-1937, Académie of D'Espagnat
1936-1937, École du Louvre
1936-1938, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
1936-1937, Académie de la Grande-Chaumière
1937-1938, École Municipale de Dessin & d'Art
1937-1938, Académie de la Grande-Chaumière
1937, Académie Julian
1938, Académie Scandinavie
1938, Studied with Fernand Léger
1938-1939, L'Académie Ranson
1946, Art Students League of New York

Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Museum of Modern Art, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Artist Statement:

"A lot of people are so obsessed by the past, they die of it. This is the attitude of the poet who never finds the lost heaven, and it is really the situation of artists who work for a reason that nobody can quite grasp. Except that they might want to reconstruct something of the past. It is that the past for certain people has such a hold and such a beauty... You cannot arrest the present. You just have to abandon every day your past. And accept it. And if you can't accept it, then you have to recreate it. Which is what I have been doing." Louise Bourgeoise, 2007
(from Jerry Gorovoy and Pandora T. Ashbaghi, Louise Bourgeoise: Blue Days and Pink Days (Milan, Italy: Fondazione Prada, 2007): pp. 226.)

Biography:

Internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911. Although she lived in New York from 1938 and until her death in 2010, much of her inspiration was derived from her early childhood in France. Using the body as a primary form, Bourgeois explored the full range of the human condition. From poetic drawings to room size installations, she was able to give her fears a physical form in order to exorcise them. Memories, sexuality, love and abandonment are the core of her complex body of work. Her work appears in collections worldwide, and in 2007 she was the subject of a major travelling retrospective organized by the Tate Modern in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

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Brainstormers, Have you Scene or Herd?, 2007
Photograph of performance at the Brooklyn Museum of Art

Brainstormers

Year Exhibited:
2011

Website:
www.brainstormersreport.net

Artist Statement:

Through public performance, exhibition, publication, the internet, and video, Brainstormers investigates topics ranging from power structures in the art world to gender inequity in contemporary museum and gallery exhibitions.

Biography:

Brainstormers is an art collective that was formed in 2005. Current active members are Maria Dumlao, Elaine Kaufmann, and Danielle Mysliwiec. Graduates of the Hunter College MFA Studio Art Program, all three artists maintain individual studio practices and actively exhibit work locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Phyllis Bramson, Everywhere it Takes Me (Remorse Must Wait), 2011
Mixed media collage on canvas, 70 x 60 inches

Bramson, Phyllis (1941- )

Born in Madison, WI
Currently resides in Chicago, IL

Years Exhibited:
1990-1991

Education:
BFA, University of Illinois
MA, University of Wisconsin
MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Website:
www.phyllisbramson.com

Artist Statement:

I use images that are infused with lighthearted arbitrariness and amusing anecdotes about love and affection, in an often cold and hostile world. Mostly, I am making work that percolates forth life's imperfections: that doesn't take decorum all that seriously, refusing to separate manners of taste from larger questions about 'good behavior'. The paintings are reactions to all sorts of sensuous events, from the casual encounter to highly formalized exchanges of lovemaking (and everything in between).

My exhibition in the Dana Woman Artist Series, helped to move my career forward at a key moment and thus meant a great deal to me at the time.

Biography:

Bramson lives and works in Chicago, IL, advising painting and drawing graduate students at the School of the ArI Institute. Recipient of three National Endowments, Senior Fulbight Scholar, Tiffany Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Grant,the Artadia Jury Award and the Anonymous Was A Woman Award and Distinguished Artist of Chicago,12. Over thirty - one person exhibitions including: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Cultural Center of Chicago, Boulder Art Museum and Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Group exhibitions include: Seattle Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Contemporary Museum of Art/ Chicago, Smart Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Corcoran Museum's 43rd Biennial.

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Judith K. Brodsky, How does the Brain Work?, 2011
Etching colle, 36 x 48 inches

Brodsky, Judith K. (1933- )

Born in Providence, RI
Currently resides in Princeton, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1977-1978, 1979-1980, 1981, 1984, 1996-1997

Education:
BA, Radcliffe College, Harvard University
MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Collections:
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
Stadtsmuseum, Germany

Artist Statement:

I've always worked with narrative imagery--the environment, memory, women, and science. I'm developing a new series titled "The Twenty Most Important Scientific Question of the 21st Century." They're not necessarily all serious; they pose such questions as whether we'll go to Mars, how many body parts can be replaced, and does the paranormal exist.

I'm delighted to have been an artist in this historic series. I hope that in my present role as a curator of the series along with Ferris Olin, I can help to continue the wonderful tradition of the series.

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Vivian Brown, Artist's House (Ornette Coleman's Gallery), 1971
Photo credit: Jeanie Black

Browne, Vivian (1929-1993)*

Years Exhibited:
1982-1983, 1984, 1993

Education:
BS, Hunter College
MA, Hunter College
New School of Social Research
Pratt Graphics Center

Biography:

Viviane Browne was a professor of art at Rutgers University and the College Art Association's 1989 Distinguished Teacher of the Year. She was a member of the Heresies Collective and an activist in Soho where she lived and created her art for over thirty years. She was a long, faithful member of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Board. Vivian Browne has been described as "quiet, true, and stubborn." In her art, in her lectures, in her travels, which crossed the globe... she was very much aware of being an Afro-American woman in a world that was far from perfect. She sought to fight against racism and to make people aware of the fact that it exists and has to be stood up to.
(from The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series 1993-1994 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1994): p. 3)

 

*Entry created on behalf of the artist by the IWA

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Marilyn Brummel, Carosel
Collage, 7 x 13 inches

Brummel, Marilyn (1926- )

Born in Syracuse, NY
Currently resides in Fort Lee, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1978-1979

Education:
BA, Syracuse University

Collections:
Newark Museum
Who's Who in American Art
The Bank of Tokyo
Passaic County Historical Society

Artist Statement:

My recent collages are inspired by shape and contrast. As I work, these images suggest a pleasing arrangement and a theme emerges.

Showing with the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series was another feather in my cap. It was encouraging and inspiring

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Diane Burko, Nunatak Glacier #1, 1938 (after Bradford Washburn); Nunatak Glacier #2, 2005 (after David Arnold), 2005
Oil on canvas, diptych: 60 x 134 inches total; 60 x 84 inches, 60 x 50 inches

Burko, Diane (1945- )

Born in Brooklyn, NY
Currently resides in Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA

Years Exhibited:
1982, 1984

Education:
1966, BS, Skidmore College
1969, MFA, University of Pennsylvania

Collections:
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Hood Museum of Art, NH

Website:
www.dianeburko.com

Artist Statement:

As a painter/photographer I have traveled, over forty years, from the temperate zones of America to those of Western Europe, from rain forests to regions of ice and active volcanoes to record my experiences of geological phenomena. My present practice explores the reality of climate change. I wish to contribute to the urgent dialogue about our planet, to bring attention to future perils that may await us if we do not act.

Being invited to participate in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists series early in my career was indeed an honor. I'm still proud to be part of such an incredible list of artists.

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Rodriguez Calero, Santero, 2006
Collage, 11 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches

Calero, Rodriguez**

Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1999-2000

Education:
Escuela De Artes Plasticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Art Students Leauge of New York

Collections:
El Museo del Barrio, NY
Montclair Art Museum, NJ
Snite Museum, IN

Website:
www.rodriguezcalero.com

Artist Statement:

The collage medium enables me to translate an area of imagination, creative inventiveness and intuition in a visual form. The conceptual images transcend abstract poetry and humor to a social and political urban presence, which evokes an image of familiarity and sentient. My work is a reflection of observations and experiences throughout my life, exploring the themes of spirituality, sexuality, politics, and social customs.

When I was invited to be part of and exhibit at the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, it was a true honor and at that point of my career an acknowledgment that my hard work and dedication was being recognized.

 

**Exhibited as Gloria Rodriguez

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Sheena Calvert, Scripta Manet, Verba Volant, 2003
Artists book, offset lithography, hand-printed lithography, leather binding, 14 x 11 inches
Supported by a grant from the Jan Van Eyck Akademie, NL

Calvert, Sheena (1959- )

Born in Newcastle, UK

Years Exhibited:
1996-1997

Education:
1986, BA, Central School of Art and Design
1989, MFA, Yale University
2003, Postgraduate Research, Jan Van Eyck Akademie
2010, PhD, The University of Greenwich

 Artist Statement:

My research is about language as 'presentation', rather than representation, examining the various limits of representation/translation/transparency, within language, and the influences on thought/creativity which result. I am currently concerned with examining the boundaries/limits of meaning and identity in language, and creatively reassessing the role of 'material' language, or language as 'event'. This involves a method of 'co-interrogating' language through the disciplines of art and philosophy, utilizing both visual/material/aural and philosophical 'tools' to do so.

Exhibiting with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series allowed me to test out initial ideas for work on language and materiality, which developed into a full research agenda in subsequent years. This preliminary 'exposure' allowed me to gain valuable insight from both peers and audiences, into the viability of the project to rethink material expressions of language, which went on to become a cornerstone of my career, and of both my practice-based, and theoretical research.

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Josely Carvalho, Diary of Smells: Passages, 2011
1000 resin glass molded branches, mirrored film floor, four original smells (smell of nest, wet earth, hot sun, open sea), lighting, sound and projection computer programming.
SESC, São Carlos, São Paulo
Photo credit: Sung pyo Hong

Carvalho, Josely (1942- )

Born in São Paulo, Brazil
Currently lives in New York, NY and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Year Exhibited:
1992

Education:
School of Architecture, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Collections:
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museum of Contemporary Art, FL
Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Website:
www.joselycarvalho.net

Artist Statement:

After many years living in New York, concentrating my gaze on the feminine and the socio-historic, I initiated an imaginary and provisory flight of return do Brazil. I included my birds - companions of innumerable and short Southern migratory trips and started an intimate recognizance of a latent nest, with the emotion of touching and smelling landscapes forgotten or perhaps never known.

Smell of Fish, shown at the Women Artists Series was my first attempt to introduce the olfactory and its relationship to memory in my artworks. There was no actual smell, only the memory of my grandmother saying: go take a bath if you don't want to smell of codfish. Smell of Fish is the point of departure of my present art project Diary of Smells.

Biography:

I began in printmaking and ended up lost in the world of smells, with stops along the way in painting, installation, sculpture, book art, photography, video, interactive websites, sound. My work has been shown in many venues, from a subway station in São Paulo to a gallery in Dresden to a museum in Caracas.

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Harriet Casdin-Silver, Rene I (hermaphrodite), detail from The Rene Wall, 1993
Six reflection holograms on stainless steel, 48 x 120 inches
Photo credit: George Bouret

Casdin-Silver, Harriet (1925-2008)*

Born in Massachusetts

Year Exhibited:
2007

Collections:
Boston Public Library, MA
Chicago Museum of Science, IL
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, MA

Artist Statement:

A small headline in my morning newspaper said, "Female sharks don't need males to reproduce." Parthenogenesis - virgin birth - is quite common in some insect species and algae, but has never been documented in mammals. The baby shark's DNA showed no evidence of male parentage. So what does this have to do with my art? The works speak for themselves.
(from 2007:Women Artists Series (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 2007): p. 18, 58)

 

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Arpana Caur, Day and Night

Caur, Arpana (1954- )

Born in Delhi, India
Currently resides in New Delhi, India

Year Exhibited:
2008

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, Delhi
Victoria and Albert Museum
Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles

Website:
www.arpanacaur.com

Biography:

Solos since 1974 in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Chennai have been held in London, Glasgow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Singapore, Munich, New York and in Stockholm and Copenhagen National Museum. Her work can be seen in Museums of Modern Art in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Bhopal, LA, Peabody Essex Boston, Dusseldorf, Singapore, Bradford & Victoria and Albert Museum London. Awards include gold medal in VIth International Triennele 1986 in Delhi. She was commissioned by Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art to for its 50th anniversary in 1995, and by Bangalore and Hamburg to do large non­commercial murals in public spaces. Since 1981 she did three non-commercial murals in Delhi.

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Laura Chenicek, Father: An Essential Part of the Landscape, 2008
Mixed media, approx. 15 x 15 x 4 inches

Chenicek, Laura (1952- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in Nashville, TN

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Education:
1976, MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1976, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in Painting

Collections:
Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Public Service, Electric and Gas, Newark, NJ

Website:
www.laurachenicek.com

Artist Statement:

Since 1999, my artwork has dealt with family relationships and how childhood memories often involve feelings of helplessness, fear, hurt and anxiety. Most recently, in response to confidences from viewers of my "Family Matters" series, I have focused my artwork on the social issues of domestic violence and child abuse.

My artwork's inclusion in the "Focused Fragments" show in 1984 validated my efforts to experiment with materials. I also became aware of how valuable a women artists support group is to the individual artist's creative process.

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Ann Chernow, Rendezvous in Black, 2012
Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

Chernow, Ann

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in Westport, CT

Years Exhibited:
1979-1980, 1981

Education:
1969, MA, New York University

Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Brooklyn Museum, NY
National Academy Museum, NY

Website:
ann-chernow.com

Artist Statement:

The images in my work are based on materials relating to American film genres of the 1930s and 1940s. Contemporary models are used for the faces, which connects the past with the present. Memories from films endure and I use them to address the human condition.

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists series provided me with a serious venue to exhibit my work and be included in the presence of emerging and already important women artists. It provided an impetus of self esteem and trust in what I was doing and led to many other exhibitions.

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Diane Churchill, Coming into Orange, 2011
Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

Churchill, Diane (1941- )

Born in Bronxville, NY
Currently resides in Nyack, NY

Years Exhibited:
1974-1975

Education:
BA, Wellesley College
Brooklyn Museum Art School
MA, Hunter College

Collections:
Karen Siff-Exkorn, Piermont, NY
Scott and Hella McVay, Princeton, NJ
Annette and Myron Kaplan, Edgewood, NJ

Website:
www.dianechurchill.com

Artist Statement:

Color has been the driving force, abstraction the formal language. The beat, the movement are important to me, often influenced by music, always attempting to capture fugitive emotional states.

The Feminist Art Movement was crucial in helping me step out into the art world and show my work. Being included in the Douglass Library series was very important, an early experience in being part of a community of women artists.

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Sonia Chusit, Other Worlds, 2007
Pastel on paper, 30 x 26 inches

Chusit, Sonia (1926- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in Teaneck, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1977-1978, 1983-1984

Education:
1950, BFA, Cooper Union

Collections:
Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ
Hirshl Collection, Touchstone Gallery
Mary Sue Sweeney Price, Newark, NJ

Website:
www.jerseyarts.com/ArtistGallery.aspx?ID=44

Artist Statement:

As I look back at my work over the past years, I realize how challenged I have been by so many ideas and yet how clearly I have remained consistent to the major forces that have shaped my work. Spatial concepts have always been my dominant concern and both the skyscape and landscape are the prominent players in this scene. The vastness and awesomeness of our universe, with its multiple variations and forms, continue to intrigue me. It's a visual journey with nuances and color, blackness and voids.

It is a special and generous gift to have the opportunity to be in touch with oneself in an atmosphere where creative energy finds its own direction. Showing in the Mary H Dana Women Artist series gave me the opportunity to have my work seen in the broader context of women artists working within the state.

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Minna Citron, Men Seldom Make Passes, 1946
Etching, 19.75 x 12.75 inches

Citron, Minna (1896-1991)

Born in Newark, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1986

Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

 Artist Statement:

The Rutgers Women Artists Series Exhibit of "Minna Citron at 90" in 1986 was a milestone event for Citron, marking a triumphal recognition of her achievements over a six decade career. Minna Citron particularly savored the exhibit's opportunity to look back and reflect, as well to mentor a new generation of female artists at Rutgers. This particular picture is especially significant for depicting her witty views on gender stereotypes, as well as vividly reflecting the transition in her work from figurative to abstract representation.

Biography:

Minna Citron was born in Newark, NJ in 1896 and worked from her studio in Union Square in New York City, traveling around the world to exhibit and lecture for more than 60 years, and died in New York City in 1991. Her works are in major museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Jaqueline Anne Clipsham, Hairy Little Polyp, 2011
Clay, kynar wire, resistors, and diodes, 9.5 x 4.5 x 3.75 inches

Clipsham, Jacqueline Ann (1936- )

Born near London, UK
Currently resides in Califon, NJ

Year Exhibited:
2001

Education:
1958, BA, Carleton College
1963, MA, Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Art

Collections:
Musuem of Modern Art, NY
Zimmerli Museum of Art, NJ
New Jersey State Museum
Carnegie Museum of Art, PA

Artist Statement:

I have been interested in the history and technology of clay besides its pleasures in using it in the studio. After I discovered tiny, colored computer diodes and resistors, I found a way to incorporate them into my ceramics. It turned out that most of these were ceramic materials, e.g. silicone.

My exhibit with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series gave me more exposure which lead to other exhibits. I also expanded my community of artists by getting to know more women artists.

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Dorothy Cochran, Spiritual Mapping II, 2008
Solarplate etching, collagraph, collage, and hand coloring, 36 x 24 inches

Cochran, Dorothy (1944- )

Born in Teaneck, NJ
Currently resides in Ridgewood, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1979-1980

Education:
BA, Montclair State University
MFA, Columbia University
MA, Montclair State University

Collections:
Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ
New York Public Library, NY
Georgia Museum of Art

Website:
www.dorothycochran.com

Artist Statement:

Creating art for me is a form of meditation and spiritual dialogue, a world of images based in the subconscious with connections built layer upon layer. I refine this information to create personal works which capture the complexities and mysteries of the invisible. In the sharing of that work with an audience, the personal becomes universal.

In 1980 I was a young artist and mother of two, struggling to combine career and motherhood in a meaningful way. Participating in this exhibition series bolstered my confidence and strengthened my resolve to pursue further graduate studies in printmaking and affirmed my continued efforts to live the life of a serious woman artist.

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Nancy Cohen, Amphicron, 2010
Metal, resin, glass, and monofilament, 12 x 24 x 6 inches

Cohen, Nancy (1959- )

Born in Queens, NY
Currently resides in Jersey City, NJ

Years Exhibited:
2000-2001

Education:
1981, BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology
1984, MFA, Columbia University

Collections:
Yale University Art Museum, CT
Montclair Art Museum, NJ
Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ

Website:
http://www.nancymcohen.com/

Artist Statement:

At the core of my work is the intense contradiction between fragility and strength, both in our personal lives and in the broader environment. My recent work merges scientific structures with human memories and associations. We connect to these elements yet they retain the ambiguity and the distance of a natural phenomenon moving at its own pace and following its own logic.

I am very pleased to have been a part of this important history and program.

Biography:

Nancy Cohen was born in 1958 in Queens, NY. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981 and her MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University in 1984. In 1984 she was a student at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She currently lives and works in Jersey City, NJ. Cohen's work is in the collections of the Yale University Art Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, and the Zimmerli Art Museum.

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Lisa Collado, Mexican Fantasy II, 2009-2012
Collage with acrylic over painting on Masonite, 25 x 70 inches

Collado, Lisa (1944- )

Born in Washington, DC
Currently resides in Warrensburg, NY

Years Exhibited:
1985-1986

Education:
1985, BA, SUNY, Empire State College
1993, MA, New York University

Collections:
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina
National Collage Society Teaching Collection, Kent State University, OH

Artist Statement:

As an artist I want to portray the various aspects of often complex issues and to ask questions as I present these on my collages. Layering allows this to happen and also reveals stages in my thinking as I work and reflect. A finished work will ask new questions and require a new project. I think of my body of work as an attempt to analyze the human comedy much as Eduard Munch considered his to answer questions about the dance of life. My work is similar to a rock formation built up over the years and consisting of innumerable striation - layers of deeply felt and closely examined experience. Artists are the new shamans and serve to awaken and guide others. What artists reveal in their work helps to provide another useful layer for others to incorporate.

Biography:

I learned for the first time that artists could and should be treated with respect and deserve validation. I also have grown to trust and love my work, which have never left me in spite of health issues and other personal difficulties.

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Sue Collier, Grant Street, 2009-2010
Color pencil, 30 x 32 inches

Collier, Sue (1951- )

Born in Boston, MA
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1991-1992

Education:
MFA, Boston University

Collections:
Law Firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, Boston, MA
Howard Mark, Hartford, CT
Kevin Powers, Boston, MA

Website:
http://suecollier.info/

Artist Statement:

Starting with a gentle gesture I slowly build an idea and a drawing that feels familiar. It is not that I am interested in recalling any particular memory, but in the end the image feels like my life. I use traditional and innovative drawing skills and techniques that reassert themselves through use over and over again.

Soon after my show with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, I was offered a show in Boston where I received outstanding reviews from The Boston Globe and Art New England. From there I was awarded The Weir Farm Grant and a show at the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT, again with several strong reviews.

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Janet Culbertson, Occupant, 2001
Oil, iridescent pigments, and collage on rag paper, 29 x 41 inches

Culbertson, Janet (1932- )

Born in Greensburg, PA
Currently resides in Shelter Island, NY

Year Exhibited:
1988

Education:
BFA, Carnegie Mellon
MA, New York University

Collections:
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Telfair Museums, GA
Museum de Los Ninos, Costa Rica
Fogg Museum, MA
Zimmerli Museum of Art, NJ

Website:
www.janetculbertson.net

Artist Statement:

My work for the last four decades has dealt with two aspects of nature: its celebration and its possible demise. My recent work, "The Industrial Park" series, represents the Orwellian idea of sanitizing history. We have created a worldwide environmental problem that can no longer be ignored.

I was pleased to have a well-attended exhibition of what commercial galleries considered to be difficult work, my environmental and political paintings that deal with current disasters. In addition to reaching a new audience, I received further acknowledgement through a scholarly article called "Political Landscapes," written by one of your talented students, Jenni Schlossman, for the Women's Art Journal in 1992.

Biography:

My first New York City exhibit was called "Elegy to Nature". Since then, I have been painting and drawing the many diverse aspects of the landscape. I am fascinated by our complex love yet exploitation of nature. During the Seventies, I had four one-woman shows in New York City at the Lerner-Heller Gallery, received a C.A.P.S. New York State Graphics Award and exhibited in a number of group and museum shows, proposed and worked on the HERESIES Ecology Issue #13 along with a group of other concerned women (my article on Ecotage appears in this issue). My Mythmaker series of 20 Ecofeminist works was shown and collected by The National Museum of Women in the Arts. I exhibited environmental works in the Museo de los Ninos, San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia. Recently I was awarded a Pollock Krasner Grant.

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Virginia Cuppaidge, When Ships Come In, 1995
Oil on canvas, 72 x 96 inches

Cuppaidge, Virginia (1943- )

Born in Australia
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
1996

Education:
1967, MFA, Sydney

Collections:
Neuberger Museum, NY
National Gallery of Art, Australia
National Jazz Museum, NY

Website:
www.virginiacuppaidge.com

Artist Statement:

It was Lee Krasner's work that influenced my approach to painting after I arrived in New York City in 1969. Growing up in Brisbane Australia, I wanted to come to New York since I was a teenager. Hearing American jazz, and seeing the first editions of Art International showing abstract painting in America, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Willem DeKooning, I realized I wanted to be part of an international abstract art dialogue.

I thank the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series for the rare opportunity of having a solo exhibition at the gallery in Douglass College in 1996, allowing space for my large paintings to be seen by many students knowledgeable in the arts, who attended and were curious about the Australian nature influence in my paintings.

Biography:

Brisbane Australia 1943 - 1967 MFA, Sydney - 1969 to present New York City resident - 1976 Guggenheim Foundation recipient - US citizen 1984 - 35 solo exhibitions in New York, Australia, a Canadian Heritage traveling exhibition, and the first solo exhibition at World Bank Washington DC. Paintings in public collections include Neuberger Museum Purchase - National Gallery of Art, Australia - National Jazz Museum in Harlem USA. First painting shown in the USA was at the Women Choose Women exhibition, New York Cultural Center 1973 - Adjunct Associate Professor CUNY 1992 - 2008

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Daina Dagnija, Moon Lake, 2009
Oil on canvas, 66 x 60 inches

Dagnija, Daina (1937- )

Born in Riga, Latvia
Currently resides in Riga, Latvia

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Education:
Art Students League of New York
Detroit School of Arts and Crafts
Chouinard Institute, CalArts

Collections:
Latvian National Museum of Art
PSE&G Company
Swedbank, Latvia

Artist Statement:

Painting is my spiritual journey through life - changing over the decades, reflecting my experiences and states of mind. I used to choose the subjects, then they chose me and now it is the painting itself that takes me to unimaginable places. I belive that possibilities are endless...

After showing with Mary H. Dana Woman artists series, I exhibited regulary - having many solo shows and receiving two New Jersey State Council and the Arts Fellowships for painting (1980 and 1985).

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Patricia Dahlman, Spring 2, 2007
Canvas, cloth, thread, and stuffing, 25 x 22 x 23 inches

Dahlman, Patricia (1952- )

Born in Cincinnati, OH
Currently resides in Lyndhurst, NJ

Year Exhibited:
2010

Education:
Wright State University
Yale University Summer School of Music and Art

Website:
www.patriciadahlman.com

Artist Statement:

In the last ten years I have focused on making sculpture by cutting out forms in canvas then stuffing and sewing the forms together. These stuffed, sewn forms are either stitched using different colors of thread or covered with colors of fabric. The work is figurative but influenced by abstract art, sometimes humorous and often political. The subject matter is taken from personal thoughts, experiences in my life, and reactions to political events around the world.

Having a one person exhibition with the Dana Women Artists Series was a high point in my career. The curating and installation of the exhibition was outstanding.

Biography:

Dahlman has received the New Jersey Printmaking Fellowship at Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, two Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts, a Yaddo Artist Residency and a Puffin Foundation Grant. Dahlman has exhibited her work at the George Adams Gallery in NYC, Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA, Jersey City Museum in New Jersey, and at the New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library in NYC.

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Mira Dancy, Drawback, 2009
Acrylic, ink and paper on raw canvas, 34 x 30 inches

Dancy, Mira (1979- )

Born in England
Resides in Brooklyn, NY

Year Exhibited:
2005

Education:
2001, BA, Bard College
2009, MFA, Columbia University

Website:
www.miradancy.net

Artist Statement:

My work combines expressionistic paintings of women with sound, video and performance elements, pairing the historically familiar painting subject -woman- with a voice. Spills and stains of intense colors made with acrylic dispersions and black ink on raw canvas become female forms, while a sharp-tongued voice layered with penetrating dance beats amounts to an aggressor with a poetic instinct. Acts of embodiment and disembodiment converge to recontextualize "the nude."

My participation in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series 35 years after its inception provided a forum to discuss the strategies of the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s and its legacy. It was impossible not to ask yourself -"What does it mean today to qualify (or not) "Artist" with "Feminist"?

Biography:

Mira Dancy was born to American parents living abroad in the UK in 1979, and was raised in New Hampshire. She graduated from Bard College in 2001, with a degree in Studio Arts, and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2009. Mira currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Joan Danziger, Ghost Forest, 2006
Mixed media: wood and metal armature, resin reinforced fabric, celluclay, and acrylic paint, 36 x 32 x 33 inches

Danziger, Joan (1934- )

Born in New York, NY
Resides in Washington, DC

Years Exhibited:
1982-1983

Education:
1954, BFA, Cornell University
Academy of Fine Arts, Italy

Collections:
Grounds For Sculpture, NJ
National Museum of Women In The Arts, Washington, DC
New Orleans Museum of Art, LA

Artist Statement:

My recent sculptures draw upon my fascination with dream imagery and metamorphosis to create narrative landscapes. They combine an interplay of the animal strength and beauty of nature with the human spirit. They are reaching into the heart of nature to evoke mysterious and secret worlds

The exhibition of my sculptures connected with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series was important as it gave me an overview of my work and I was very pleased to be invited to exhibit with major women artists.

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Anurada Das, Submission to Taboos, 1999
Mixed media with text, 19 x 15 x 22 inches

Das, Anuradha (1962- )

Born in India
Currently resides in Potomac, MD

Years Exhibited:
2000, 2008

Education:
BFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Artist Statement:

I am a visual artist who has been making prints and artist books over the past two decades. My recent work addresses the diversity on women's issues through the disappearing art form "Chitta" executed by women in the province of Odisha, India. I use rich colors and textures in my work to communicate a sense of the positive in the midst of violence inherent in women's lives.

It has been a privilege and honor to have shown my work in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series. This has given me the opportunity to meet various artists who I have admired and even studied about during my undergraduate years at Rutgers.

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Janet Delaney, La Conchita with AK 47, Nicaraguan Revolution, 1985
Chromogenic print, 11 x 14 inches

Delaney, Janet (1952- )

Born in Compton, CA
Currently resides in Berkeley, CA

Years Exhibited:
1987-1988

Education:
BFA, San Francisco Art Institute

Collections:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Website:
www.janetdelaney.com

Artist Statement:

During moments of transition when elements are unsettled, I use the camera's close scrutiny to dissect and re-present. Buildings are demolished, civil wars break out, families expand and contract, nature follows its seasons of growth and despair. I have examined these points of passage in each of my photographic projects. By photographic that which unnerves me, I gain clarity and strength.

This exhibition came at a critical time for me emotionally. I was pregnant with my first child. Seeing that I could continue with my art practices as I began this new phase of my life was very reassuring. Both daughters have now graduated college. My art is once again the center of my focus.

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Agnes Denes, Tree Mountain -- A Living Time Capsule, 1992-1996
11,000 people, 11,000 trees, 400 years

Denes, Agnes (1931- )

Born in Budapest, Hungary

Years Exhibited:
1975-1976, 1981

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Whitney Museum of Art, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Website:
www.agnesdenesstudio.com

Artist Statement:

Tree Mountain is the largest monument on earth that is international in scope, unparalleled in duration, and not dedicated to the human ego, but to benefit future generations with a meaningful legacy. People who planted the trees received certificates acknowledging them as custodians of the trees. The certificate is an inheritable document valid for twenty or more generations in the future. The project is innovative nationally and worldwide-the first such undertaking in human history. This is the very first time in Finland and among the first ones in the world when an artist restores environmental damage with ecological art planned for this and future generations. Tree Mountain, conceived in 1982, affirms humanity's commitment to the future well-being of ecological, social and cultural life on the planet. It is designed to unite the human intellect with the majesty of nature.

Biography:

A primary figure among the concept-based artists who emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, Agnes Denes is internationally known for works created in a wide range of mediums. A pioneer of several art movements, she is difficult to categorize. Investigating science, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, poetry, history, and music, Denes's artistic practice is distinctive in terms of its aesthetics and engagement with socio-political ideas. As a pioneer of environmental art, she created Rice/Tree/Burial in 1968 in Sullivan County, New York which, according to the renowned art historian and curator Peter Selz, was "probably the first large scale site-specific piece anywhere with ecological concerns." Since her exhibition career began in the 1960s, she has participated in more then 450 exhibitions at galleries and museums throughout the world.

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Christine Dolinich, Harbor of Refuge, 2009
Complex media on wood panel, 48 x 36 inches

Dolinich, Christine

Born in Elizabeth, NJ
Currently resides in Whiting, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1973-1974, 1974-1975, 1983-1984, 1987

Education:
BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University
St. Clare's Hall, Oxford, UK
MFA, DFA, St. George University International
PhD, InterAmerican University

Collections:
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, MD
Union County Administration Building, NJ
Rahway Geriatrics Center, NJ

Artist Statement:

Balancing between the technical and the intuitive, my work has always involved recycling, preservation, and human expression.

As a graduate of Rutgers University, I appreciate this permanent connection with the school. I also appreciate the exposure and the archival records of my works and the works of other women.

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Donnell, Radka (1928- )*

Years Exhibited:
1978-1979, 1981

Education:
1954, BA, Stanford University
1963, MFA, University of Colorado

Artist Statement:

Quilting is drudgery made art. It's a woman's genre - an art form that was the depository of an expressive attempt to deal with their existence - with the work that bound them to the house; with the repetitive tasks that they were expected to do... My quilts are determined by the reference to body size, body image, and body affirmation and not as a disembodied wall decoration.
(from The Women Artists Series at Douglass College: Tenth Anniversary Retrospective Show (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1981): p. 11)

 

*Entry created on behalf of the artist by the IWA

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Bailey Doogan, Five-Fingered Smile, 2010
Charcoal on primed paper, 72 x 52 inches
Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art

Doogan, Bailey

Years Exhibited:
2000, 2007

Education:
1963, BFA, Moore College of Art
1977, MFA, University of California, Los Angeles

Collections:
Brooklyn Museum of Art
DiRosa Museum, CA
Tucson Museum of Art, AZ

Website:

www.baileydoogan.com

Artist Statement:

My painting and drawing primarily focuses on the human body, often my own body. Not "The Nude" or "The Figure" which are art forms, but the mutable body where flesh moves, changes, and has infinite variety. Our bodies are full of stories. They are detailed maps of our experiences. This corporeal topography of hair patterns, veins, scars, calluses and wrinkles, flesh both smooth and crenulated, speak of a life lived.

Biography:

Drawing and painting make up the majority of Bailey Doogan's body of work. Her 1977 animated film, SCREW; A TECHNICAL LOVE POEM has won numerous awards, and been previewed in festivals nationally and internationally. Articles and reviews of her work have appeared in major publications including Ms., The Village Voice, and Harper's Magazine; and art publications: ArtNews, Art in America, New Art Examiner, Artspace, Art Journal, Visions, and The Women's Art Journal. Doogan's writing has been published in M/E/A/N/I/N/G, Art Journal, and The Utne Reader. Doogan has lectured at over forty American Universities and Art Centers, and conducted workshops at various institutions including Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado. She was the Fall Semester Visiting Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1992 and 2004. She served on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association from 1997 through 2001, and is currently Professor Emerita of Painting and Drawing at the University of Arizona.

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Driggs, Elsie (1898-1992)*

Born in Hartford, CT

Years Exhibited:
1982-1983

Education:
Art Students League of New York

Collections:
Whitney Museum of Art, NY
Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Artist Statement:

A major theme in Elsie Driggs' work is duality. She likes to refer to its two parts as the "quick" and the "classic." The "quick" is a speedy, wirelike line. It is the form in motion. The "classic" is the realistic, the timeless and fixed vision of form.
(from Modern Masters: Women of the First Generation (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1982): pp. 8-9)

 

*Entry created on behalf of the artist by the IWA

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Gloria Cernosia duBouchet, Living Reef -- Temporal Steps VII, 1977
Gesso, fabric, and paper, 32 x 45 inches

duBouchet, Gloria Cernosia
(1943- )

Born in Brooklyn, NY
Currently resides in Mullica Hill, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1979-1980

Education:
BFA, Pratt Institute
Yale University Invitational Summer School
University of Warsaw, Poland

Artist Statement:

A series of collagraphs derived from landscapes. The image is developed as a whole, then cut down into strips and juxtaposed to create a new landscape. This technique of printing I have chosen because of its spontaneity and directness and the possibility of a more painterly approach to printmaking.

Being in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series encouraged me to continue printmaking and painting and pursue teaching printmaking.

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Loretta Dunkelman, Untitled, 2004
Oil on linen, 30 x 27 inches

Dunkelman, Loretta (1937- )

Born in Paterson, NJ
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
1972

Education:
1958, BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University
1966, MA, Hunter College

Collections:
Spencer Art Museum, KS
Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC
Chase Manhattan Bank, NY

 

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Anne Dushanko Dobek, Parallel Migrations III Not Olvidado, 2006
Transient ocean installation with wood sculptures, dimensions variable

Dushanko Dobek, Anne (1945- )

Born in Camden, NJ
Currently resides in New Providence, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Education:
MS, Pratt Institute of Art
MS, Rowan University
New School for Social Research
School of Visual Arts

Collections:
Dallas Museum of Art, TX
Montclair Art Museum, NJ
Museum of Art and Design, NY

Website:
web.mac.com/dushankodobek

Artist Statement:

I am a mixed media/installation artist whose work, collectively titled SILENT VOICES, focuses on social/political or environmental issues. The work is multi-referential in concepts and orientation and reinforced by a collage aesthetic that has always informed my content, presentation and practice. The result is a physical as well as referential layering of images and materials all of which are selected to expand potential readings.

The exhibition of my work in the Mary H Dana Women's Artist Series was an opportunity to expand my regional network with other women artists at a critical point in my career.

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Berenice D'Vorzon, Column, 1999-2000
Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 inches

D'Vorzon, Berenice*

Year Exhibited:
2001

Education:
BFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
MA, Columbia University

Collections:
Guild Hall Museum, NY
Everhart Museum, PA
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Artist Statement:

Most of my work deals with the experience of being in nature. As in Asian art, the viewer is both inside and outside the painting at the same time. Environmental concerns are also part of the work which is especially pertinent these days of ecological crisis.
(from Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series 2000-2001 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 2001): p. 8)

 

*Entry created on behalf of the artist by the IWA

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Martha Nilsson Edelheit, Eating Green Leaves, 2007
Acrylic, paper-mache, and chicken wire, 60 x 46.25 inches

Edelheit, Martha Nilsson

Born in New York NY
Currently resides in Sweden

Year Exhibited:
1982

Education:
1956, BS, Columbia University
University of Chicago

Collections:
Rowan University Art Gallery, NJ
Gutman Foundation
New York Public Library Film Collection, NY

Website:
marthaedelheit.com

Artist Statement:

For most of my life the world has been full of violence and destruction of the natural environment and humanity. I have been fortunate enough, for the last 18 years, to live in a place that surrounds me with images of stability, serenity and survival. Much of my work during these years is about visualizing this joy and peace and beauty.

The exhibition, in 1982, 1 year after my husband died, was a helpful support and recognition of my work at a difficult time in my life.

Biography:

Nilsson moved to Stockholm,Sweden in 1993, and then to Svartsjö in the Swedish countryside in 1994. In 1995/96 began making painting and sculpture using surrounding landscape and animals, primarily sheep.

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Edelson, Mary Beth, Godless Head/Soft, 2007
Digital print, 12 x 12 inches
Edition of 60
Collaborator: John C. Erickson
Image courtesy of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions

Edelson, Mary Beth*

Years Exhibited:
1977-1978

Education:
BA, DePauw University
MA, New York University

Collections:
Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY
National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Museum of Modern Art, NY

 *Entry created on behalf of the artist by the IWA

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K.S. Ernst, Woman, 1986
Wood and ceramic letters, 8 x 17 x 9 inches

Ernst, K. S. (1946- )

Born in St. Louis, MO
Currently resides in Blairstown, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1986-1987

Education:
BS, Monmouth University

Collections:
Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Library, Yale University
Ohio State University Avant Garde and Experimental Writing Collection
Brooklyn Museum

Website:
www.ksernst.com

Artist Statement:

While much of K.S. Ernst's work is painted, collaged, or digital, it all is informed by texts, words, letters, and symbols. Additionally, she uses three-dimensional letters in freestanding sculptures. Three books of her work were published in 2008: Permutoria, collaborations with Sheila E. Murphy published by Luna Bisonte Prods, and Drop Caps and Sequencing: by Xexoxial Editions.

My exhibition at the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Seriesin 1987 was a big thumbs up for me to continue working with three-dimensional letters. At that time, few of my colleagues were using letterforms three-dimensionally, but of late things have begun to change. For example, a recent exhibition containing some of my work in Portland, OR, called "Object Poetry," which has focused entirely on letters and words as objects.

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Laren Ewing, The Material World: American Elm, 2011
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches

Ewing, Lauren (1946- )

Born in KY
Currently resides in IN and New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1996-1997

Education:
BA, Skidmore College
MFA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Collections:
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Virlane Foundation, New Orleans, LA

Artist Statement:

Lauren Ewing is a sculptor and installation artist who makes prints, drawings and paintings. Her art addresses the vast construct of material culture in relation to memory and desire. Many of her installations are polyvocal and involve image, materiality, constructed spaces and electronic texts that are richly poetic.

I participated in "How Women Artists Invented Postmodernism" and the FemFolio. I showed an early video "Ophelia" 1971, of me lying in a mountain stream for the duration of the tape. It was great fun to see and think about in terms of the origins of some of my ideas today. I also made a digital print, "For Magritte" for the FemFolio. Its imagery has grown into a present series of paintings that collide cultural and natural images.

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Noel Farese, China Laundry, 2005
Photograph on watercolor paper, 16 x 20 inches

Farese, Noel (1928- )

Born in Evanston, IL
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1972-1973

Education:
University of Wisconsin, Madison
MFA, Pratt Institute<
Art Students League of New York

Collections:
William Patterson University, NJ
Johnson Foundation, WI
US Information Agency, Washington, DC

Artist Statement:

A native of Wisconsin, I have always been inspired by nature around me. Landscapes are permeated with the boldness of colors and shapes and subtle intricacies of tree branches. The results are abstract yet meditative, textured yet sensitive. What is true of my printmaking has been translated into digital photo work using unique printing papers. My most recent work of landscapes and people in the United States and the world as far as Tibet, China, Japan, Thailand and Africa is infused with color, light and the unspoken presence of mankind.

My participation in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series prompted my exploration of other mediums and combining printmaking, paper making and photography as fine art.

Biography:

The recipient of over 100 awards in graphics, oils and photography her work has appeared in museum exhibitions at Newark Museum, New Jersey State Museum, Montclair Museum, Monmouth Museum and Seattle Museum. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy; Naples, Italy; Stuttgart, Frankfort and Nuremburg, Germany; Brigham Young University, Utah; Audubon Artists, Artists Equity, New York and Albany Print Club, New York.

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Pat Feeney Murrell, Human III, 2007
Handmade paper body wrapping, life-size

Feeney Murrell, Pat (1934- )

Born in Attleboro, MA
Currently resides in South Plainfield, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1979-1980

Education:
1964, BFA, Massachusetts College of Art
1971, MA, University of Wyoming
1973, MFA, Pratt Institute

Collections:
New Jersey State Museum
Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ
Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ

Artist Statement:

My work always involves the boy as an investigative persona for Man's spirit, a way to contemplate his inner "Person of Interest." Through the years images have involved actual boy imprints in lithographs, monotypes, and digital transfers. In sculpture these personas have become body wrappings in flax handmade paper, including investigation of making paper stronger, more lasting through chemistry.

The Women Artists Series really made me believe that I could show work focusing on the human body - both male and female - which would be accepted as work of import - rather than being discarded because it focused on a subject "well ahead of its time."

Biography:

Murrell is the Owner/Director of Domino Press and Paper in South Plainfield, NJ. She has exhibited with NOHO Gallery in Chelsea.

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Lilly Feit, Pa's Tallis #2, 1972
Acrylic on canvas, 46 x 59 inches

Feit, Lilly (1934- )

Born in Berlin, Germany
Currently resides in Elizabeth, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1973-1974

Education:
1972, MA, Kean University

Artist Statement:

This series is a tribute to the artist's father and his deep faith. Light, shadows, and daily life converge within this iconic symbol of Judaism.

Exhibiting in the series allowed the artist to experience the joy of recognition - and to realize that recognition is one of the best motivators.

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Oriole Farb Feshbach, Vanitas Self-Portrait, 1988-2012
Oil on canvas, 61 x 41
Collection of Smith College Museum of Art

Feshbach, Oriole Farb

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in MA

Year Exhibited:
1988

Education:
BA, Sarah Lawrence College
MFA, University of Massachusetts

Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art, NY
Hartford Atheneum, CT
Mead Art Museum, MA

Website:
oriole-art.com

Artist Statement:

Vanitas portraits and still-lives originated in the 17th century partly in response to the capricioiusness of death caused by war, plague, and floods. Objects of daily life were assigned a meaning. I have translated, modernized, and added symbols and tools that fit my lifetime but relate to past forms. Some of the main themes are: the passage of time, the fragility of life, the temporal aspect and vanity involved behind object displayed and collected, but also their enduring aspects echoing the ideas expressed in the arts and books; and finally, the specter and contemplation of death. Skeletons appear in different ways in the other artworks depicted, but appear here in my camera.

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Hannah Fink, Lived in a Shoe, 2012
Mixed media, 101 x 25 x 60 inches

Fink, Hannah (1948- )

Born in Topeka, KS
Currently resides in Franklin Township, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Education:
1971, BA, University of Wisconsin
1975, BFA, California College of Art
1978, MA, San Francisco State University

Collections:
Rouse Design and Development Corp, PA
Perconte Corporation, MD
Kaiser Hospitals, CA

Website:
hannahfink.com

Artist Statement:

I work with a variety of found objects and recycled materials, forming mostly feminine garments (lately shoes) that range from diminutive to enormous. These objects hang from the ceiling, attach to the wall or are freestanding, with highly textured, nuanced surfaces that appear to be well-worn relics from a distant past.

My exhibition with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series provided me with the opportunity to meet other women artists, and I was honored to be shown in your gallery.

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Susan Forman, Untitled

Forman, Susan*

Year Exhibited:
1993

Education:
BA, Northern Kentucky University
MFA, University of Cincinnati

Artist Statement:

Like the surrealists, I have choses collage as a means to create a tableau of tall tales with my photography. It gives me the freedom to fracture and rebuild time and space with infinite variety. By juxtaposing unlikely objects and irrationalities of place and scale, I am able to create haunting scenes of mystery and threat. I have used plexiglass to create space between the overlapping images. This has allowed me to explore the tension between the implied three dimensionality of the photographic image and the true third dimension caused by the overlapping of images on different planes. An important stimulus for my work has been the mass media, in particular, horror movies and tabloid journalism. This gives my photographs a sense of theatre and narrative continuity. And indeed the titles have been carefully chosen to create this effect.
(from Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series: 1992-1993 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1993): p. 7)

 

*Entry created on behalf of the artist by the IWA

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Hermine Freed, Untitled

Freed, Hermine (deceased)*

Year Exhibited:
1992

Education:
BA, Cornell University
MA, New York University

Artist Statement:

This is work that I did in 1974 and was the first photo work that I produced... My work has always referred to time perception and "Art Herstory" was the first work which used historic time as its reference. In this piece, I layered the present tense over the past tense, both in terms of content and technology. I played the contemporary woman at odds with her depiction in the past... All of the vignettes are done with a comic touch, but are linked with a "professorial" voice-over which creates a foil for the lightness and expresses a non-linear time frame to counteract the very linear one presented by the sequence of images. This voice presents ideas about time, both historic time and time in the preparation of the tape.
(from Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series: 1992-1993 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1993): p. 9)

 

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Deborah Freedman, Good Night Irene 12, 2011
Monoprint, 30 x 22 inches

Freedman, Deborah (1947- )

Born in Bronx, NY
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1977-1978, 1981

Education:
1971, BA, New York University

Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
New York Public Library
US Department of State

Website:
http://www.deborahfreedman.com/

Artist Statement:

I have been inspired by the landscape surrounding the Ashokan Reservoir since acquiring a home in the Catskill Mountains in 1995. In the beginning I painted the views as "natural landscapes". Later, I became interested in the strange story of creating the water supply for New York City while destroying local towns and dislocating citizens. Since the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011, the work has been infused with its fragility and potential for compromise.

My show at the Douglass College Library was one of the first times a body of my work was exhibited in a public space. The subsequent interviews and programs associated with the show also helped me focus on the intentions of the work as well as solidifying my commitment to participate in shows focusing on women's art.

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Shirley Fuerst, Sea Worm, 2009
Color-infused and heat-shaped Mylar construction, 5.5 x 11 x 2 inches

Fuerst, Shirley

Years Exhibited:
1978-1979, 1981

Education:
MFA, Hunter College
Brooklyn Museum Art School
Art Students League

Collections:
Portland Museum of Art, ME
Allentown Art Museum, PA
Michener Foundation Collection of 20th Century American Art, Univerisity of Texas at Austin
Exxon Corporation, NJ
Minor White
Carl Little

Website:
http://www.shirleymfuerst.com/

Artist Statement:

I developed my unique process of infusing color into transparent Mylar in1970. This was at the beginning of the Women's Movement. Although I was a landscape painter and printmaker at that time, when I saw what other women artists were doing - each creating completely individual work - I decided to devote my life to this new medium. It was both exhilarating and scary to work with a new industrial material, to search for something new to say with it and then to claim that the resulting work was 'art'. There are things in nature which are so fragile and so complex and so momentary that it becomes at once both difficult and exciting to try to use them as subjects. I not only want to use these subjects but also to add something which embodies that burst of energy, that spirit within nature.

Being chosen by the Women Artists Series for this work was enormously encouraging for me and validated my decision to explore this new medium. The work ultimately became an expansion of what sculpture can say: evoking natural forces such as wind and clouds, and inspired by lighter-than-air phenomena or undersea life through its transparency, colored shadows and gentle movement.

Biography:

Fuerst's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally - including Bilbao, Spain; the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; the Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania; the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the Brooklyn Museum, the Steinhardt Conservatory of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY; St. Peter's Church, Citicorp Building, NYC; and Broadway Windows of New York University, NYC

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Patricia Garrett, Games
Photographic assemblage, 21 x 22 x4 inches
Collection of National Organization for Women, New York City Chapter

Garrett, Patricia*

Year Exhibited:
1987

Statement:

Garrett loves to observe people and is deeply interested in their activities and emotions. In particular, she is fascinated with facial expressions, which she believes reveal the human spirit. She captures this spirit by photographing people randomly on the street or capturing traces of spontaneity in a studio session with a model... Garrett often shares her keen sense of humor with the viewer, most notably in a series of nude subjects, in which male nudes assume the subordinate position historically reserved for women."
(from Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1988): p. 9)

 

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Sharon Gilbert, Masks (component detail), 2003
Glass, 14 x 8 x 2 inches

Gilbert, Sharon (1963- )

Born in Chicago, IL
Currently resides in Chicago, IL

Years Exhibited:
1991-1992

Education:
BFA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Collections:
United Center, IL
Indianapolis State Government Center, IN
Ikram Couture, IL

Artist Statement:

My specialization is architectural glasswork; creating custom pieces created specifically for architectural and interior environments. I use texture, light and form to tie together purpose and context within an environment. The glass is functional as well as decorative as it is integrated into its environment.

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Mary Ann Gillies, Gear, 1973
Fiber and metal sculpture in brown, 3 x 9 feet
Photo: Soho 20 Gallery, New York

Gillies, Mary Ann (1935-1984)*

Years Exhibited:
1976-1977, 1981

Education:
Michigan State University
Columbia University

Artist Statement:

I want my works to be part of life's daily texture. I want them to belong to the public, to be incorporated into architecture no matter what the structure - private living quarters, offices, hospitals, churches, transportation and communication centers, factories... stage and outdoor settings.
(from The Roots of Creativity: Women Artists Series Year 6 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1977): p. 8)

 

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Suellen Glashausser, Fontainebleau II
Mixed media, 4.5 x 1 x 6 inches

Glashausser, Suellen (1945-2000)*

Years Exhibited:
1977-1978, 1990-1991

Education:
1965, BA, Manhattanville College
1969, MA, University of California, Berkeley

Statement:

Found or recycled materials, in the hands of Suellen Glashausser, are treated in a nontraditional way to create one-of-a-kind books for which this artist is well known. Having studied traditional bookmaking in Paris, France, early in her career, Glashausser soon lost interest in traditional binding methods. It was then that she began binding her books in her unique way, uniting the theme with the materials chosen for each individual book.
(from Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series 1990/1991 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1991): p. 4)

 

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Trudy Glucksberg, Black Water, 2009
Acrylic collage with graphite on canvas, 9 x 12 inches

Glucksberg, Trudy

Years Exhibited:
1979-1980

Education:
Art Students League
City College of New York
Brighton College of Art, UK
School of Visual

Collections:
Princeton University Graphics Collection, NJ
Barnard College, NY
US Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

Artist Statement:

I try to straddle the line between abstraction and figurative art, paying special attention to negative spaces...

Biography:

I was born in Munich Germany and immigrated to the US in 1939 at the age of 4. I became a citizen in 1945.I worked as a graphic designer for American Heritage and a variety of ad agencies until the first of my three children were born. In those years I freelanced and worked as a painter and printmaker. In 1976 I was offered a job at Princeton University Press where I remained as senior designer for 27 years. I retired in 2000 and am happily working in my home studio in Princeton, NJ.

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Marsha Goldberg, Double Choir, 2011
Oil and graphite on canvas, 40 x 20 inches

Goldberg, Marsha (1957- )

Born in Boston, MA
Currently resides in Highland Park, NJ

Year Exhibited:
2010

Education:
1979, BFA, Boston University
1983, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2004, MFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Collections:
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, MA
Boston Public Library, MA
Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA

Website:
www.marshagoldberg.com

Artist Statement:

My current body of work-paintings and drawings-is concerned with gestural abstraction as well as ideas about language and music. I begin with a gestural mark that is reiterated, and sometimes obscured, by tracing it or painting the negative space around it. This slow and measured method of presenting an initially spontaneous gesture is, in part, a meditation on the art-making process.

The group show I participated in provided me with a wonderful opportunity to connect with three women I was not previously acquainted with, whose ideas and interests intersected with my own. Through the curators' choice of artists, and the IWA's installation of the paintings, I gained insight into shared concerns realized through quite different interpretations of the medium.

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Lew Graham, Untitled

Graham, Lew*

Years Exhibited:
1994-1995

Education:
1964, BA, Chestnut Hill College
1968, Art Students League of New York
1970, Aviano Academy of Fine Art
1973, Oxford Polytechnic, UK
1973, Ruskins Institute of Drawing, UK

Artist Statement:

I use tree and forest images, as well as actual tree branches, in my work. The forest is home and origin. I want to evoke the absolute sense of place that the forest gives with its evidence of the history of years which have passed and the promise of the years which will come. The motifs of a path or avenue, or a door opening, are the subjects of my paintings and constructions. The trees are not naturalistic. Their bare, winter forms are as much like columns or pillars lining a cathedral aisle as trees in a wood.
(from Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series 1994-1995 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1995): p. 4)

 

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Grace Graupe-Pillard, Afghanistan Women, 2011
Oil and alkyd on canvas, 65 x 90 inches

Graupe-Pillard, Grace

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in New York, NY and Keyport, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1974-1975, 1981, 1983-1984, 1992

Education:
BA, City College of New York
Art Students League of New York

Collections:
Malcom Forbes Collection
Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ
New Jersey State Museum

Website:
http://ggp.neoimages.net
www.gracegraupepillard.com

Artist Statement:

The work which I exhibited in The Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series in l974 dealt with feminist issues and in 2012, I am still interested in many of the same issues; the "authority and strength of women's voices in our society, the politics of fear, and the devastating effects of collateral damage due to war and upheaval. The form in which I present my art has changed, as I utilize different media such as painting, video and photography, but conceptually there is a coherent consistency.

I came back East in l974 after living and working in New Mexico for five years, feeling removed from the "art world", so the invitation to exhibit in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series was most welcome. I especially want to thank Lynn Miller, who was then the Curator, for having given me this opportunity. This series gave women a space to exhibit their art - complete with documentation. Some of the most innovative work of the past 25 years was and is being done by women, many of the same women who have shown in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series.

Biography:

Born and raised in NYC, NY. I went to Music and Art H.S. (called LaGuardia H.S. today) and then to City College of NY receiving a BA degree in History and Political Science. I began studying for my Masters in Russian Area Studies at City University for one year, realizing that the Academic world was not for me, I abruptly left and went to the Art Student's League to study art for 4 years. My work is in the collection of Martin Margulies - The Warehouse, Malcolm Forbes Collection, The Zimmerli Art Museum, The NJ State Museum, The Newark Museum, Sacred Heart University, etc. I live and work in both NYC and Keyport, New Jersey.

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Greenbaum, Dorothea (1893-1986)*

Born in New York

Years Exhibited:
1979-1980; 1982-1983

Education:
New York School of Fine and Applied Arts
Art Students League

Collections:
Whitney Museum of Art, PA
New Jersey State Museum
Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC

Artist Statement:

One feeling that emanates from Dorethea Greenbaum's work, a repertoire that spans over fifty years of painting, sculpture, and printmaking, is the simple yet unmistakable joy of creation. Inspired by her environment, she says, "I am in love with nature- the stones, leaves, shells, and all the living things about us. They supply me with a need to 'make something!' Greenbaum's style has been described as 'classical', 'witty', and 'charming'. But the artist herself resists being categorized exclusively in one of the postwar styles of 'abstractionalism'. 'regionalism', or 'expressionism'. She takes a very individualistic approach to art making, relying on classical models of line and form, and focusing on her unique response the nature she observes. She describes sculpture as '...an elemental art- an art of feeling, of touching and molding, and the brain cannot force the arm to go in a direction that is foreign to it'.
(from 1982:Women Artists Series (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1982): p. 12, 13)

 

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Mary Grigoriadis, Constantine's Fancy #3, 1979
Ink and caran d'ache on paper, 22 x 30 inches

Grigoriadis, Mary (1942- )

Born in NJ
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1978-1979, 1981, 1984

Education:
1963, BA, Barnard College
1965, MA, Columbia University

Collections:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

Artist Statement:

My work is a paean to beauty, opulence, and order.

Exhibiting in the Women Artists Series several times since 1978, gave me the opportunity not only to show with many respected friends and colleagues, but also to meet and work with the enthusiastic, bright students who helped organize and document the exhibitions under the supervision of faculty members committed to women artists.

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Carolyn Grossé Gawarecki, Waiting For You, 2004
Watercolor, 20 x 28 inches

Grossé Gawarecki, Carolyn (1931- )

Born in Rahway, NJ
Currently resides in Falls Church, VA

Years Exhibited:
1998-1999

Education:
BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Colorado, Boulder

Collections:
Springfield Art Museum, MO
Ella Carothers Dunnegan Museum, MO
Industrial College of the Armed Forces Museum, Washington, DC

Website:
grosseart.com

Artist Statement:

Watercolor media challenges me to maintain a balance between control and spontaneity and yet allows for the unexpected nuances that appear between the mix of water and paint. Rich colors and strong values are a hallmark of my watercolors. Teaching and sharing my knowledge with others has been a driving force in my career as a professional artist.

How Exhibition with Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series furthered career: It was an honor to be selected to exhibit at one's college considering the numbers of artists who have attended over the years, the limited size of the exhibition space, and the quality of the competitors. This has impressed gallery owners and buyers leading to purchases and further exhibitions.

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Red Bed, 2011
Oil and mixed media on canvas, 80.5 x 50.5 inches
Art copyright Harmony Hammond/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Hammond, Harmony (1944- )

Born in Chicago, IL
Currently resides in Galisteo, NM

Years Exhibited:
1980-1981, 1981, 1984

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Brooklyn Museum, NY

Website:
www.harmonyhammond.com

 

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Handler, Linda*

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Artist Statement:

I envision stone landscape columns caged with steel, imprisoned, and yet these structures are not static but free to fly. The space between the stone columns and steel cages creates an environment of tension. Though my work is based on sophisticated geometric structures they have playful and spontaneous qualities. As a sculptor, wife, and mother of three children, my life is certainly fragmented. Yet, with all the commitments and responsibilities, I too am free to fly. I have created very concrete, solid sculptures with fragmented parts. I bring the stone, steel, and bronze together creating a cohesive community.
(from Representative Works, 1971-1984: Women Artists Series, and Focused Fragments (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1984): p. 13)

 

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Anne Healy, New Mexico Landscape, after Hartley #2, 2008
Silk, embroidery thread, sequins, beads, wood, and cord, 28 x 28 x 2 inches

Healy, Anne (1939- )

Born in Queens, NY
Currently resides in South Brooklyn, NY

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Education:
1962, BA, English Literature/Theater

Collections:
Museum of Contemporary Crafts, NY
Allen Museum of Art, OH
Art Museum of South Texas
Prudential Life Insurance, PA
Chemical Bank, NY
Stanford University, CA

Artist Statement:

My work has always involved light and shadow, color and movement. In my early and middle work, I made large pieces using sail fabric, doing many commissions and working with architects. In my work, I use sail fabric, chiffon, gold leaf, metallic thread, sequins, beads, embroidery thread, watercolor, tempera, cardboard, pastels, wood, and metal rods.

It was a very good experience and rather a long time ago. Great to be included with so many very good artists.

Biography:

I was a founder of A.I.R. gallery, showed with Zabriskie Gallery, had many solo shows in museums and galleries. In 1981, I relocated to California to take a teaching position in the Art Department at UC, Berkeley. I was the first woman in sculpture and the first woman Chair of the department. I retired in 2003 after serving 23 years as Professor. Always a strong advocate for public art, which was a major part of my own work, I was appointed to the San Francisco Art Commission, in 1989, first as Chair of the Public Art Committee, and then as President of the Commission.

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Riva Helfond, Santorini, 1970
Intaglio, 11 x 13 inches
Edition size: 25, variant
Signed, titled, and numbered in pencil
Image courtesy of Susan Teller Gallery

Helfond, Riva (1910-2002)

Born in Brooklyn, NY

Years Exhibited:
1972-1973

Education:
Art Students League of New York

Biography:

Riva Helfond was born in Brooklyn, NY. She spent part of her childhood in Russia and returned to New York at the age of eleven. She studied at the Art Students League with Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Morris Kantor, and Harry Sternberg. In the early 1930s, under the WPA, she was an instructor at the Harlem Art Center (the master printer, Robert Blackburn, was her student) and worked on the printmaking project. Among her friends were artists Willem DeKooning, and Arshile Gorky, and from the Cedar Tavern, Franz Kline and the critic Harold Rosenberg. In 2009 work by Helfond was featured in Industrial Strength, Precisionism in New Jersey, at the Jersey City Museum.

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Helman, Phoebe (1929-1994)*

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Education:
Art Students League
Columbia University
BFA, Washington University

Artist Statement:

I am interested in both force and fragileness. I am interested in both energy and structure. I am interested in both complexity and ambiguity. I am interested in both time and timelessness. I am interested in both journeys and spaces. I am interested in giving meaning to abstraction.
(from 1983-1984:Women Artists Series (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1983): p. 4)

 

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Donna Henes, Wrapping the Wind, Montauk Point, NY, 2011
Digital image, 16 x 20 inches

Henes, Donna (1945- )

Born in Cleveland, Ohio
Resides in Brooklyn, NY

Years Exhibited:
1981-1982

Education:
1970, BS, City College of New York
1972, MS, City College of New York

Collections:
The Library of Congress, DC
The Museum of Modern Art, NY
Islip Museum, NY

Artist Statement:

These photos are essentially nature portraits that illuminate the incipient power of place. The images read as site maps that trace the earth energy of each location. The streamers are ribbons carried by the wind. They represent the invisible geographical ley lines that follow the living vibrations of the land and connect the traditional sacred spiritual sites of the many cultures all around the globe. This ongoing series of energy landscapes offers a view of Mother Earth as an agent of inspiration and transformation. They transmit a visceral sense of the power and potential available to us from the always-awesome natural world.

I was honored to be shown as part of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series very early in my career. It gave me both the confidence and the cache to continue to pursue my artistic vision.

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Judith Henry, You Take with You Nothing, 2011
Acrylic paint, photographic transfer, and collage on canvas, 19.25 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches

Henry, Judith (1942- )

Born in Cleveland, OH
Currently resides in Brooklyn, NY

Years Exhibited:
1976-1977, 1981

Education:
BFA, Carnegie Mellon University

Website:
http://judithhenry.net/

Artist Statement:

Boxed Sets" is a series of small mixed media paintings and/or collages; each piece (box) is 3" deep and consists of 3 or 4 separate images on canvas with painted segments of overheard text. Each individual 'box' contains a personal and somewhat mysterious narrative. This work reflects the latest iteration of what I have been doing for more than thirty years; transferring what I have seen and heard to a surface in myriad ways.

When my work was shown at the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series in 1978, I was in the early stages of my development as an artist. The show put me in touch with so many women artists, and vice-versa. That has continually, over the years, allowed me to stay involved with both my peers and those who followed me.

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Carla Hernandez, Writing in Red, 2011
Acrylic on paper, 14 x 11 inches

Hernandez, Carla (1976- )

Born in Newark, NJ
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
1999

Education:
1999, BA, Rutgers University

Website:
www.carlahernandezart.com

Artist Statement:

In recent work, I make paintings and drawings to realize rhythmic energy in handwritten text, executing thoughts I would otherwise not say aloud. Using color, tone, line and form, the abstracted writing undulates, and at times absolutely explodes, creating a visual reverb resonating with emotion.

Having had work included in the 1999 Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Douglass College Alumnae exhibition has made me, I feel, a part of a great legacy in the history of women's art.

Biography:

Born 1976 in Newark, NJ; lives in New York, NY. Received BA in Visual Art from Rutgers University, 1999. Member of Soho20 Chelsea Gallery since spring 2009.

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Candace Hill-Montgomery, Circle Spot Square, 1982
Oil on canvas

Hill-Montgomery, Candace*

Years Exhibited:
1982-1983

Education:
BA, Fordham University
Hunter College

Statement:

Candace Hill-Montgomery is an abstract expressionist artist whose themes deal with political oppression. She Illustrates her ideas through loose, gestural strokes of vivid colors, with many layers of nonsequential subthemes.

The artist also communicates with her viewers through writings that she then performs to accompany her paintings. She believes that the literature and painting do not relate directly to each other and stand on their own as works of art. Both the concrete communication of the prose performances and the symbolic forms of her paintings are necessary to convey her message.
(from Women Artists Series: Douglass College 1982-1983 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1983): p. 10)

 

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Hogan, Susan*

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Artist Statement:

Fragmentation is relevant to the central motivation of my work. The need to overcome the daily chaos of different roles to be played - required duties, work choices, endless possibilities of life, etc., etc., etc. - drives me to attempt to balance this unceasing torrent by developing images of serenity outside of ordinary linear time. From snapshots of childhood and of family vacations (normal "time out"), I make pictures of figures at rest or at play, surrounded by the earth and by water.
(from Representative Works, 1971-1984: Women Artists Series, and Focused Fragments (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1984): p. 14)

 

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Hood, Dorothy (1919-2000)*

Born in Bryan, TX

Years Exhibited:
1982-1983

Education:
Rhode Island School of Design
Art Students League of New York

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Whitney Museum of Art, NY
National Gallery, Washington, DC
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

Statement:

Dorothy Hood refers to her paintings as "landscapes of the psyche as seen from outer space." Depicting on canvas the physical actuality of life is not her concern. Rather, she directs her eye inwardly to confront the dimensions of her mind. An introspective and independent woman. She has assumed an individualistic and idiosyncratic position in expressing herself on canvas. Her concept of her paintings as "landscapes of the psyche" commit her to draw her images from a wide latitude of perceptions that originate from her accumulated life experiences and thought processes. She organized her perceptions formally on vast canvases, choosing non-representational forms to express the themes of her inner life.
(from Modern Masters: Women of the First Generation (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1982): pp. 14-15)

 

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Keiko Hosokawa, Untitled No. 26
Oil, pastel, and pencil on paper, 45 x 72 inches
Photo credit: Ellen Wilson

Hosokawa, Keiko*

Year Exhibited:
1990

Education:
BA, Women's College of Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan
MFA, Pratt Institute
Accademia di Brera, Italy

Statement:

In Keiko Hosokawa's 1983 thesis, written for her MFA degree, she explains the importance, for her, of the surface of the painting rather than the subject. Hosokawa rejects the traditional representations of nature in favor of acknowledging the material surface. She stresses the reality and importance of the statement by the artist - a "fact left behind" - which alters the depiction in any application, abstract or representational, made to the surface. This tension between what is real and the reality/perception is carried into the surface of Hosokawa's work.
(from Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series 1989-1990 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1990): p. 7)

 

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Nicole Ianuzelli, Grave 2, 2009
Acrylic on board, 7.25 x 9.75 inches

Ianuzelli, Nicole (1981- )

Born in Somerville, NJ
Currently resides in South Bound Brook, NJ

Year Exhibited:
2010

Education:
2003, Associates in Visual Arts, Middlesex County College
2006, BFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Artist Statement:

My paintings contemplatively play with atmosphere, solid form, and compressed space in a way that suggests and denies the viewer the perception of spatial shift and distance.

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Janet Indick, White Clouds, 1981
Stainless steel, wood, and paint, 26 x 26 x 4 inches

Indick, Janet (1932- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in Teaneck, NJ

Year Exhibited:
1982

Education:
1953, BA, Hunter College
New School

Collections:
Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ
Kilmer Library, Rutgers University, NJ
Yeshiva University, NY

Website:
www.sculpture.org/janetindick

Artist Statement:

I am influenced by music, the bible, the holocaust, history, past and present, as well as nature, art, and architecture. Like a choreographer, I transform irregular materials into forms that interact with one another in space creating unique one of a kind sculptures that viewers will explore from many perspectives to connect their experiences with mine.

My exhibition, "Three Women Artists" with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, at Douglass, gave me the courage to think outside the box when creating my artworks.

Biography:

Janet Indick received a B.A. in Art and Education from Hunter College in 1953 and has since been inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2011. She received a scholarship for post-graduate studies in art at The New School. She received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant in sculpture in 1981.

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Johnson, Buffie (deceased)*

Years Exhibited:
1982-1983

Education:
Art Students League of New York
Academie Julien, France
University of California, Los Angeles

Collections:
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA
National Gallery, Washington, DC
Whitney Museum of Art, NY

Statement:

An Abstract Expressionist and a Muralist for many years, Buffie Johnson has concentrated on painting organic forms during the past 15 years. They fall into three basic categories: flower, plants, and fruits. She sometimes refers to botanical studies but prefers to paint from living models. Each specimen is treated like a jewel and assigned its own canvas. Buffie Johnson begins on a small scale, with subsequent studies increasing in size to the final monumental portrait. The images fill the entire space, reaching the edges of the canvas to give maximum impact. They are presented with the composure of a portrait whether it is a profile, three-quarters or full-face. They are straight forward and unambiguous statements of ordinary objects treated with a respect and reverence that turns them into icons. The spirit of the species is visible once they are enlarged. They are metaphors for the cyclical mystery of life.
(from Modern Masters: Women of the First Generation (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1982): pp. 16-17)

 

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Diane Kaiser, Arch, 2011
Monoprint, 22 x 30 inches

Kaiser, Diane (1946- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in MA

Years Exhibited:
1975-1976, 1981

Education:
BA, Brandeis University
MFA, Columbia University

Collections:
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
Columbia University, NY

Artist Statement:

Since the 1970's my work in sculpture, drawing, painting and printmaking has involved marks, shapes and forms that group and regroup in arrangements suggestive of a creative life force. Through the interplay of chance and order, patterns emerge to animate a field.

For my installation at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library, I created a group of ceramic reliefs specifically for the gallery wall space. These were shown alongside my modular terra cotta floor pieces. I continued to work on several other series of wall reliefs in subsequent years.

Biography:

A native New Yorker, Diane Kaiser (b. 1946) studied art at the Brooklyn Museum from the age of six, spending much time in the Egyptian and African sculpture galleries. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from Brandeis University and an MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University in NYC. Her works and installations have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in New York and New England and are the collections of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, Columbia University, NYC and various private collectors.

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Penny Kaplan, Self Portrait 2, 2010
Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

Kaplan, Penny (1922- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1976-1977, 1981, 1996

Education:
1940, Hunter College

Collections:
Everson Museum, NY
Hofstra University, NY
Sands Point Museum, NY

Website:
http://pennykaplan.com/

Artist Statement:

After years building large sculptures, I retired from welding and have been painting portraits of friends and relatives. I capture a sense of each of the people in my life-not striving for photographic representation, but seeking something more intrinsic about the individuals.

My experience and interaction at Mabel Smith Douglass Library, showing my sculptures encouraged me to create large environmental works as my career progressed.It also pushed me to continue my work with NOW (National Organization of Women).

Biography:

Penny Kaplan was born in 1922 in New York City. She went to Hunter College in 1940. Her works are permanently on display at the Everson Museum, Syracuse, Hofstra University, Hempstead and the Sands Point Museum, Port Washington to name a few.

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Kay Kenny, Dreamland Speaks When Shadows Walk (image #2), 2004
Gum bichromate, 15 x 20 inches

Kenny, Kay (1945- )

Born in Bound Brook, NJ
Currently resides in South Orange, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1980-1981

Education:
BFA, Syracuse University
MA, Rutgers University
MFA, Syracuse University

Collections:
Buhl Collection, NY
Southern Alleghenies Museum, PA
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

Website:
www.kaykenny.com

Artist Statement:

Dreamland Speaks When Shadows Walk is a 12 image and text piece about that transitional period in childhood when gender moves from a reflection of self to the "other". It is also a reflection of that childhood, a place in time fixed in snapshots of memory: a meld of images from family albums to moments half-remembered, half-constructed.

I was just beginning my career as a fine artist - the library series was my first solo exhibit - it gave me the confidence to pursue working with highly feminist material at a time (circa 1979) when it was still quite difficult for photographers, let alone women photographers working in non silver processes, to exhibit as fine artists.

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Swati Khurana, Chandelier Nest, 2009
Xerox transfer and ink on paper, 37 x 26 inches

Khurana, Swati

Born in India
Currently resides in NY

Year Exhibited:
2008

Education:
BA, Columbia University
MA, New York University

Website:
swatikhurana.com

Artist Statement:

Chandelier Nest is from an on-going series, "The Witching Hour" which explores the sutured seams of layering drawings with xerox transfer printmaking. Working on both small and large scale, the vignettes explore desire as a state of longing. Gopis-the "cow-herd" girls who were known for their nocturnal, frenzied, steadfast devotion to the Hindu god Krishna-appear and reappear with my on-going lexicon on chandeliers, bamboo forests, architectural spaces, lively animals, Bollywood film stills, blooming plants, and family photos.

The opportunity to exhibit with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series furthered my career by placing the "Garden State Reveries" and "Malabar Bride" in the context of fellow South Asian women artists and creating a dialogue among artists on the supplementary panel. The conversation among the artists, students, and Rutgers community has been invaluable to the development of the ideas in my practice.

Biography:

Swati Khurana was born in India and raised in New York where she currently lives and works. Her videos, collages, drawings, sculptures and installations mine personal narratives and explore immigrant issues with a focus on gender, popular culture, and the seductive promises made by rituals. Khurana received a B.A. in History from Columbia University with a focus on South Asian post-colonial studies.From New York University, she received a M.A. with distinction in Studio Art and Art Criticism. Khurana is a founding member of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC), a NYC-based organization dedicated to the advancement, visibility, and development of emerging and established South Asian women artists. Her work has been exhibited at Exit Art, Momenta Art, The Museum of Natural History and Chatterjee and Lal (Mumbai, India) among many others.

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Saeri Kiritani, Rice Myself, 2004-2006
Photograph of self with rice and rice noodle, 23 x 25

Kiritani, Saeri

Born in Japan
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
2005

Education:
1992, BA, San Francisco State University
1993, BFA, San Francisco Art Institute
1998, MFA, University of Pennsylvania
1998, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Website:
kiritani.com

Artist Statement:

I transform myself into the visual works. I explore the relationship between "inside" and "outside". I consider the contrast between comfort and disturbance events in my life. Behind the surface levels of culture there is always a hidden world. In "Rice Myself," my face and body are covered with a a second skin of rice, eventually blending into the white background.

I am a feminist and humanist artist. I observe how myself, as an Asian female, is accepted and treated in this society. All my experiences in Japan, Asia, US and Europe, go through my filter and come out as my art pieces. Many female artists have strong voices, however, still many of us are under the seals. When I participated a group show with Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, I was encouraged to stick to my beliefs and keep moving forward.

Biography:

Exhibition including Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan; Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; ICA in Philadelphia; City Museum of Split, HDLU Museum in Croatia; Exit Art, Apexart, Smack Mellon in NYC; Art Basel Miami Beach; Flash Art Fair in Italy; Inform Gallery in Japan. Awards including NYFA in 2005; Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan Artist Grant in 2003; Pola Art Foundation Artist Grant in 2000; Publications including New York Times, Village Voice, Zing Magazine, Channel 13, NHK Japan.

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Mary Koga, Portrait of Issei in Illinois, 1986
Color photograph of Miki Uchida, age 82, 5/23/86

Koga, Mary (1920-2001)*

Years Exhibited:
1988-1989

Education:
BA, University of California, Berkeley
MA, University of Chicago
MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Artist Statement:

"The Issei first began to come to the U.S. around the turn of the century... A wide range of social classes and educational levels from scholars, farmers, warriors, artisans, merchants... including a few from the aristocracy were represented... Establishing new roots in what they soon discovered to be an alien, at times hostile, environment involved enduring and overcoming often incredibly harsh social, economic and emotional hardship and sacrifice." - Mary Koga
(from Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series: 1988-1989 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1989): p. 5)

Biography:

Mary Koga was a social worker until her love of photography became all-encompassing. Known primarily as an environmental portrait photographer she brings to the documentary format the sensitive observation honed by her former profession, portraying her subjects in their surroundings with dignity and compassion.
(from Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series: 1988-1989 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1989): p. 5)

 

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Lynn Kotula, Pudding Mold and My New Box, 2006
Oil on canvas, 25 x 37 inches

Kotula, Lynn (1945- )

Born in Morristown, NJ
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1998-1999

Education:
BA, Douglass College
MFA, Parsons School of Design
Art Student's League
New York Studio School

Website:
http://www.lynnkotula.com/

Artist Statement:

I want to make paintings that move me as I am moved by the art that I love, Fayyum portraits, Cycladic figures, Braque and Picasso still life, all things Cezanne -- the list could go on forever. What alchemy do they use to transform their experience into visual poetry? I want to translate what I see in three-dimensions into the two-dimensional world of the painting, hoping to find poetry through the language of color and shape.

I find the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series a singular and encouraging institution for everyone, but particularly women, who historically have been so under-represented in the art world conversation.

Biography:

Lynn Kotula was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1945. After graduating from Douglass College, she moved to her current home of New York City, where she studied painting at The Art Students League, The New York Studio School and studied at and graduated from Parsons School of Design with an MFA in painting. She has exhibited throughout the U.S. with Zeuxis, an association of still life painters, and individually at the Contemporary Realist Gallery in San Francisco and at Prince Street Gallery in New York City. She is currently a member of The Bowery Gallery in New York City. Lynn's work is represented in the collections of Crummy, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Bryn Mawr College and The Virginia Center for the arts as well as in many private collections.

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Joyce Kozloff, Revolver, 2008
Acrylic and collage of canvas with motor, 96 inches in diameter

Kozloff, Joyce (1942- )

Born in Somerville, NJ
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1973-1974, 1981, 1984

Education:
1964, BFA, Carnegie Institute of Technology
1967, MFA, Columbia University

Website:
www.joycekozloff.net

Artist Statement:

It was wonderful to show my work in the Mary H. Dana series when I was a young artist, to be in the company of so many other exciting emerging artists.

Biography:

Joyce Kozloff is an artist who has been active in the feminist and peace movements since the 1960s. She is represented by the DC Moore Gallery in New York and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally.

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Frances Kuehn, Natural History, 2010
Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Kuehn, Frances (1943- )

Born in Bronx, NY
Currently resides in New York, NY and rural MI

Years Exhibited:
1972-1973, 1981, 2005

Education:
1964, BA, Douglass College
1971, MFA, Rutgers University

Collections:
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, OH
J.B. Speed Museum, KY
Power Institute, University of Sidney, Australia

Website:
http://franceskuehn.neoimages.net

Artist Statement:

The continuing preoccupations in my painting are shape, placement, color, light, texture, and of course, illusory space.

Biography:

After painting pictures of people for a long time, I began in 2003 to develop a new body of work. The new paintings could be categorized as still life, and some of them are found, while others are constructed with some allowance for accident.

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Marion Lane, Fabrication Two, 2011
Fabric, foam-core, acrylic, paint, and mat medium, 30 x 24 x 8 inches

Lane, Marion (1928- )

Born in Brookly, NY
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
1982

Education:
1949, Pratt Institute
1953, Art Students League in Woodstock
1959, Brooklyn Museum Art School
1969, Art Students League of New York
1976, BS, William Paterson University
1978, MFA, Rutgers University

Collections:
Bergen County Museum, NJ
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA
Bloomfield College, NJ

Website:
www.marionlanestudio.com

Artist Statement:

My work explores aesthetics, symbolism, and movement, in two or three dimensions, and in a variety of materials

The Women Artists Series furthered my work by giving me confidence in myself as an artist.

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Doris Lanier, Ugly War Part Two, 2011
Collage, oil, screen, and old military parts

Lanier, Doris (1934- )

Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1982-1983

Education:
City College
Brooklyn Museum of Art School

Collections:
Stamford Museum, CT
Duke University Museum, NC
Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC

Artist Statement:

My participation At the Rutgers Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series furthered my career by helping an article to be written about me by Cynthia Nadelman of Art News called "Who Will Be The Top Artists In Coming Year". I also have learned the importance of the women perspective in art more clearly from the series.

Biography:

I have been an Artist in the USA for over 35 years. I attended City Collage and the Brooklyn Museum of Art School. I have made 3 art happening films, movies with C.A.P.S Grants for the Arts from the Federal Government Program. I have works at Duke University Museum N.C. in their collection. I have worksin the Smithsonian Museum Warwick Gallery Washington D.C.

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Fay Lansner, Figure-Landscape, 1963
Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 inches

Lansner, Fay (1921-2010)

Born in Philadelphia, PA

Years Exhibited:
1977-1978, 1981

Education:
1947, Tyler School of Fine Arts
1948, Art Students League

Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Philadelphia Museum, PA
Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC

Website:
www.faylansner.com

Artist Statement:

I paint about being a female; that is different from drawing a nude...The subjective intruded and I became interested in portraying states of being...Painting spontaneously forced out attitudes of which I had not been conscious. My inner attitudes were made apparent after I understood the painting.

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Pat Lay, CADAC CMVO 2 #2, 2009
Collaged digital images from a sculpture and a motherboard, on Epson archival paper, printed with Epson archival ink, mounted on museum board with MDF and wood backing, 30 x 30 x 1.75 inches

Lay, Patricia (1941- )

Born in Milford, CT
Currently resides in Jersey City, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1973-1974, 1981, 1984

Education:
Pratt Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology

Collections:
New Jersey State Museum
Montclair Art Museum, NJ
Rutgers University, NJ

Website:
www.patlay.com

Artist Statement:

In the recent collage works I have focused on technological metaphors of the human experience in the 21st Century. Digital images scanned from motherboards are collaged into patterns that transform them into a new matrix suggesting the potential for a new social order. A place, created in response to technological advancement and digital progress.

The 1973 solo exhibition of my work with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series was at the very beginning of my career as an artist. This show launched my work into the New York art scene. Thank you Joan.

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Estelle Lebowitz, Untitled

Lebowitz, Estelle (1930-1996)

Born in Bronx, NY

Years Exhibited:
1997-1998

Education:
Brooklyn College

Artist Statement:

"My work may be described as woman's feminine subjects with overtones of nature. They are semi-abstract images that are mostly fantasies, influenced originally by impressionism and brought into modernism by my own style and technique. Light and color are very important in my work and, as in contrast to 'Dada ne signifie rien,' they each mean something. Also, there is quite a bit of form in them. Most of this style of painting came to me after I spent about twelve years in New England and northern New York State. I then began to create my own art by drawing on memories of art, art history, and my own life since infancy. This I mixed with much isolated listening to great music. Inspired quite bit by the writing of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke on art, I began a new art: nature oriented fantasies with an emphasis on abstract color taken from the previously mentioned ideas and experiences."
(Estelle Lebowitz, as quoted in "Thoughts of a Loved One, Estelle S. Lebowitz," published by Costers Gallery)

Biography:

"It was early in public school that her artistic talents were first recognized and encouraged... Estelle went on to New York High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, were her artistic ideas and attitudes were formed by teachers and through friends with who she explored the world of art museums and galleries in the city... Estelle married in 1953 and moved to Syracuse, where her husband Joel Lebowitz was a graduate student in physics. During this time the symptoms of her illness - schizophrenia - became manifest and she consequently spent much time in various hospitals. From 1974 on she lived in her own house in the west Bronx with companions. Here she was able to return to her beloved art, working on pastels and paintings while listening to classical music on the radio. The work was the central part of her isolated life."
(from "Thoughts of a Loved One, Estelle S. Lebowitz," published by Costers Gallery)

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Bibi Lenček, From an Interior Landscape 2, Blue, 1975
Oil on canvas, 48 x 50 inches

Lenček, Bibi

Born in Trieste, Italy

Years Exhibited:
1975-1976, 1981

Education:
MFA, Columbia University

Collections:
Rowan University Art Gallery, NJ

Artist Statement:

I am a figurative feminist artist, inspired by the sensual and spiritual experience of what surrounds me, seeking to respond with a woman's sensibility and connection to Nature. Deliberately depicting what seem random things, I am motivated to create an interconnection among them with the purpose of invoking emotion and offering meaning.

The Mary H. Dana Women Artist exhibit of my "From an Interior Landscape", (4 paintings, 1974-1975), made this artwork and its unconventional subject matter - the "Nude as a Couple" - visible in a dynamic educational setting. At that time this imagery was challenging, and, to some, controversial. But, the Women Artists Series did not position itself as a censor. Its admirable role was, and still is, to open minds and to support and recognize the uniqueness of art by women artists and their contribution to cultural and social history.

Biography:

Bibi (Alice M.) Lenček is a pioneering artist and community art teacher of TriBeCa, New York, N.Y., where she resides. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, studied with Alex Katz and Wayne Thiebaud, and was a Fulbright recipient. As Board member of the NYC's Women's Caucus for Arts, Lenček collaborated on producing "Views by Women Artists;" 16 simultaneous exhibitions throughout NYC and, most recently, organized "Girltalk" in Redhook, Brooklyn. Her artwork is in the Sylvia Sleigh Collection at the Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, N.J. Bibi Lenček is originally from Trieste, Italy, of Slovene and Italian descent.

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Marion Lerner-Levine, Clare de Lune, 2009
Oil, pencil, and charcoal on canvas, 15 x 20 inches

Lerner-Levine, Marion (1931- )

Born in London, England

Years Exhibited:
1982

Education:
1959, BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Chicago

Collections:
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Bates College Art Museum, ME
Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University, NJ
Sylvia Sleigh Collection, Rowan Art Museum, NJ

Website:
http://www.princestreetgallery.com/artists/my_artist_detail.php?id=18

Artist Statement:

Known primarily as a still-life painter in oil and watercolor; inventive composition, and attention to subtlety, and the emotional communication of objects in color and line.

My inclusion in the Women Artists exhibition series, in 1982, and the support of the catalogue essay strengthened my resolution to excel as a painter by its external validation and esthetic appreciation of my painting career up to then.

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Joanne Levin, Growth, 1998
Ltd. edition cast bronze on rock, 6 x 10.75 x 12.5 inches

Levin, Joanne

Currently resides in Austin, TX

Years Exhibited:
1998-1999

Education:
BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University
M.Ed, Trenton State College

Collections:
Various private collections

Website:
www.joannelevinsculptures.com

Artist Statement:

Evocative figurative expressions of life and the human condition sculpted in water based clay, fired in a kiln, and then cast to Limited Edition bronzes.

Although my work has been in numerous galleries and exhibits, inclusion in the Mary H. Dana Series adds a different and much respected level of professional credibility and recognition. From a personal perspective, it was an utter delight for me to see my work displayed at the college that had been so fundamental in forming my views, insights, and preparation for "life."

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Ellen Levy, Disappearing Act 6, 2010
Mixed media, acrylic, wood, painted and real collage, 30 x 24 inches

Levy, Ellen

Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1994-1995

Education:
2012, PhD, University of Plymouth, UK

Website:
www.complexityart.com

Artist Statement:

This study shows some of the paths stolen objects have taken from one part of the world to the other (note the Gardner Museum in the lower left). As the objects disappear (e.g., the monkey antiquity in the upper right), they are replaced by art historical descriptions of those same objects.

My experience, like that of many other young women artists, was the difficulty of gaining admission into the formal art world of commercial galleries and museums in the 1970s. It was therefore extremely important that other prestigious options existed, such as the Women Artists Series. Its mission is no less important today, and it has, in turn, become a model by which to structure other related programs. Those of us who have been beneficiaries truly take heart from such support.

Biography:

Ellen K. Levy is Past President of the College Art Association (2004-2006) and works in the interface between art and complex systems. Levy has had numerous solo exhibitions, both in the US and abroad. In 1985, she received an arts commission from NASA. She was a recipient of an AICA award (1995-1996) and was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Arts and Sciences at Skidmore College in 1999. Her work was included in Petroliana at the 2nd Moscow Biennale (cur. E. Sorokina, 2007), Weather Report: Art & Climate Change at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (cur. L Lippard, 2007), and Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics at the Field Museum, Chicago (cur. Albano C, Wallace M, adv Kemp M, 2006). As guest editor of Art Journal's special issue, "Contemporary Art and the Genetic Code" (1996), she subsequently has contributed to many publications involved with art, biotechnology, and perception.

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Sharon Libes, Dali Dilly, 2011
Collage of pigmented prints on museum board, 24 x 32 inches

Libes, Sharon (1945- )

Born in Newark, NJ
Currently resides in West New York, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1980-1981, 1983-1984

Education:
Rutgers University

Website:
www.sharonlibes.com

Artist Statement:

I've always loved textiles-especially weaving and quilting; and I've always been fascinated by the psychology of perception and cognition. All of my work has been a synthesis of the two. Regardless of medium or process, it has involved "piecing" together images that rigorously explore the ways in which pattern perception helps us name and tame the world around us.

As a self-taught artist, relatively early in my career, inclusion in the Women Artists Series gave me a sense of legitimacy and the confidence to continue making art.

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Lieberman, Judith A.*

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Artist Statement:

I have attempted a 'now you see it; now you don't' approach, like magic.

The images in my paintings arise from and are represented as existing in the mind's eye, either in the realm of memory or fantasy. The inspiration for each work is primarily visual a view of a rural New Jersey landscape, which is then distilled and pared to the simplest elements which will still convey the original idea of sensation.
(from 1971-1984:Representative Works Women Artists Series and Focused Fragments (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1984): p. 14)

 

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Li-lan, Song of Sorrow, 2007
Oil on linen, 50 x 60 inches

Li-lan

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in East Hampton and New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
2002

Collections:
Weatherspoon Art Museum, NC
Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Japan
American Embassy, Beijing

Website:
li-lan.com

Artist Statement:

An empty canvas speaks to me: blankness anticipates a beginning and in the white quiet stillness, I find a place for meditation and creation. Architectural imagery from East and West create spaces against the vast areas of white. In these spaces, and on the two-dimensional pure background, birds and planes in flight, insects and animals, perhaps an occasional figure, invoke an illusionistic effect of varied perspectives, passages, boundaries: ambiguous transitions.

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Lore Lindenfeld, Reflection, 2007
Photography, drawing, stitching, fiber collage, pellon, thread, netting, and ink, 9 x 8 inches

Lindenfeld, Lore (1921-2010)

Born in Wuppertal, Germany

Years Exhibited:
1972-1973, 1981

Education:
1948, Black Mountain College
1982, Rutgers University

Collections:
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Newark Museum, NJ
Museum of Art and Design, NY

Artist Statement:

This is one of Lore's last works, made in the year before she had a debilitating stroke, which led to her death in 2010. It was made as part of a book by the Princeton Artists Alliance for a book fair in Colmar, France. The complete book is on permanent exhibit in the Princeton Public Library.

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Judith Linhares, Cook, 2005
Oil on linen, 72 x 66 inches

Linhares, Judith

Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
1999

Education:
BFA, California College of the Arts
MFA, California College of the Arts

Collections:
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
San Francisco Museum of Art, CA
Smithsonian, Washington, DC

Website:
www.judithlinhares.com

 Artist Statement:

"Judith Linhares' strange elongated figures come from an almost direct translation of her Jungian explorations of the unconscious, which she has systematically used for source material. By remaining 'faithful not to a photographic reality, but to what I perceive to be the essence of the object, its gestures, its textures, and color' (Linhares quoted), she achieves a directness and spontaneity in her work which is moving and often profound. The directness of a broad, crude painting style and large flat areas of intense color is put to use." -Marcia Tucker, "Bad" Painting catalog essay, 1978.

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Maria Lupo, What's Up Tiger Lilly?, 2010
Topsoil and mixed media, 13 x 7 x 17 inches

Lupo, Maria (1958- )

Born in Newark, NJ
Currently resides in Madison, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1985-1986

Education:
OCC, Cennina Italy
BA, Rutgers University
MA, Caldwell College
MFA, Hunter College

Collections:
Montclair Art Museum, NJ
New Jersey State Museum
Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ

Website:
www.lupoart.com

Artist Statement:

The work is rooted in the ecological cycles of nature and one's relationship to the natural world. Handcrafted and archetypal, the images evoke a mythopoetic relationship with nature that expresses places and creatures both real and imagined. Through tactile, natural materials such as grass seed, spanish moss, topsoil and feathers the artwork fuses ecology and mythology bearing witness to nature's power as well as its vulnerability.

Inclusion in the series at such an early age in my careerfortified me as an artist. I understood my place in the world from that point on ....and never looked back!

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Nancy Macko, Trace (From Nirvana for the Future: The Divine Reading Lesson Series), 2011
Multiple plate photo lithography on Rives white BFK, 24 x 22.25 inches
Collection of Scripps College

Macko, Nancy (1950- )

Born in Oceanside, NY
Currently resides in Claremont, CA

Year Exhibited:
1998

Education:
BS, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
MA, University of California, Berkeley
MFA, University of California, Berkeley

Collections:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, CA
Grunewald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum, CA

Website:
www.nancymacko.com

Artist Statement:

My work stems from a deep commitment to feminism and the role of women in our society. Since the early nineties, I have drawn upon images from the honeybee society to explore the relationships between art, science, technology and ancient matriarchal cultures. By combining elements of painting, printmaking, digital media, photography, video, and installation, I examine and respond to issues related to eco-feminism, nature, and the legacy of matriarchal cultures.

My exhibition with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series in 1998, titled Glimpsing Romania, and presented in collaboration with Jan Blair, provided us with the opportunity to show work about a culture struggling to become a democratic society after forty years of brutal and oppressive Communist leadership under Nicolae Ceaușescu. The disconnect between these two political mindsets was profound and the reality of their struggle was just beginning to be recognized in the West at this time.

Biography:

Macko has been a Professor of Art at Scripps College, CA since 1986. She is the director of the Digital Art Program (since 1990).

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Cynthia Mailman, It's Nice to Know Where You're Going, But it's Good to Know Where You've Been, 1975
A/C, 47 x 60 inches
Photo: Soho 20 Gallery, New York

Mailman, Cynthia*

Years Exhibited:
1976-1977, 1981

Education:
B.S. Pratt Institute
Brooklyn Colleg
Brooklyn Museum Art School
Art Students' League of NY

Collections:
Soho 20 Gallery Inc., NY
Rabinovitch and Guerra Gallery, NY
Aldrich Museum, CT
Queens Museum, NY
Landmark Gallery, NY

Artist Statement:

"The correspondence between the natural world and the human-mode one has always concerned me. My paintings reflect this interest. Mountains and landscapes are contrasted with the mechanization of the automobile. In my pictures I have portrayed an idealized world in which nature and technology co-exist harmoniously." (from The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series 1976-1977 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1976): p. 6)

 

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Lyanne Malamed, The Visionary II, 2009
Oil, sand, and 23 karat gold leaf on linen, 32 x 26 inches

Malamed, Lyanne (1931- )

Born in IA
Currently lives in Bridgewater, NJ

Year Exhibited:
1985

Education:
BA, Briar Cliff College
University of Iowa

Collections:
Johnson and Johnson, NJ
Briston Meyers Squibb, NJ
Rider University, NJ

Website:
www.lyannemalamed.com

Artist Statement:

I am working on a series of drawing and paintings about the isolation and alienation of the elderly as seen especially in old women. My approach is both conceptual and political - and is unsentimental. It concerns the pain of these women who are outside mainstream society. Here the faces that are presented to the world are not always real but rather masks that hide panic and fear from the rest of society.

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Lenore Malen, I am the Animal, 2010
3 channel video installation

Malen, Lenore

Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
1998

Education:
BA, Skidmore College
MA, University of Pennsylvania

Website:
www.lenoremalen.com

Artist Statement:

Lenore Malen uses the lens of history and humor to examine utopian longings and the sciences and technologies that inform them. Working across diverse media she has explored subjects such as Mesmerism, the social structure of ideal and imaginary communities, and most recently she has re-imagining the beehive as human culture in a three channel video installation that also calls attention to the ecological crises facing us today.

My show at the Mary H Dana Women Artists Series came at a critical and transitional period in my life and in my work. I exhibited a series of paintings called "Opportunity Knocks," inspired by board games, that paved the way for 14 years of newer work that explores the relationship between chance and utopian longings.

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Danièle Marin, Red Cluster, 2010
Mixed media, 40 x 40 inches

Marin, Danièle (1940- )

Born in Paris, France
Currently resides in Highland Park, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1998-1999

Education:
1989, MFA, Pratt Institute

Collections:
Newark Museum, NJ
Montclair Art Museum, NJ
Merrill Lynch

Website:
www.danielemarin.com

Artist Statement:

My love of literature, how women feel and think, informs my work. In "Red Cluster" I used mixed media: acrylic paint, transfer + fabric. Fabric collage speaks to me because like life it unravels new possibilities.

My exhibition with Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series gave me the confidence to

Participate in many shows including, to this date, seven one-person shows in NY. That show gave me the push necessary to grow as an artist.

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Melissa Marks, Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion from Paradise, 2009
Colored pencil on paper, 17 x 33 inches

Marks, Melissa (1965- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
1996

Education:
BA, Wesleyan University
MFA, Yale School of Art

Collections:
Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK
Cortijada Los Gazquez, Andalusia, Spain

Website:
www.melissamarks.com

Artist Statement:

"Adventures of Volitia" is an ongoing abstract narrative, a visual soap opera expressed in drawing, painting, large-scale wall-drawing installation and animation. Volitia (as in volition) is part Superman, part Eve - creation come to life. Her story describes the invention and re-invention of a mutable, searching self through the performance and practice of the drawn line.

My participation in the Mary H. Dana Women's Artists Series was an early and very welcome opportunity to exhibit my work in a context completely appropriate to my subject matter and project. Volitia is at once an abstract accumulation of marks on a page and she is woman artist, actively drawing herself.

Biography:

Melissa Marks was born in 1965 in New York City. She received her BA from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT and her MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art. She continues to live and work in New York City. Recent commissions include Bloomberg SPACE, London, England and Cortijada Los Gazquez, Andalusia, Spain. Solo exhibitions include Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT, Vassar College, NY.

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Juanita McNeely, Blue Light, 2009
Oil on linen, 72 x 44 inches

McNeely, Juanita (1936- )

Born in St. Louis, MO
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Education:
1959, BFA, Washington University
1964, MFA, Southern Illinois Univeristy

Collections:
National Museum of Art, Taiwan
Bryn Mawr College, PA
Palacio de las Belles Artes, Mexico

Artist Statement:

At fourteen years of age, after years of drawing, I finally was given oils and started painting. If you lined up all of my work, you would know my life. My greatest joy is to paint.

I have been a self-identified feminist artist from the beginning of my career. I was very gratified to find an artistic home on the East Coast for myself and for other women.

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Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Bloody Sign #2/Body Tracks), 1974
Super-8 color, silent film transferred to DVD, 1:01 minutes
Copyright: The Estate of Anna Mendieta Collection
Image courtesy of Galeries Lelong, New York

Mendieta, Ana (1948-1985)

Born in Havana, Cuba

Year Exhibited:
1982

Education:
1972, MFA, University of Iowa

Collections:
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Guggenheim Museum, NY
Tate Modern, London, UK

Website:
http://www.galerielelong.com/artist/ana-mendieta

 

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Melissa Meyer, Dassin, 2011
Oil on canvas, 80 x 78 inches
Image courtesy of the artist and Lennon, Weinberg Gallery

Meyer, Melissa (1946- )

Born in Bronx, NY
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Education:
BS, New York University
MA, New York University

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Jewish Museum, NY

Website:
http://www.lennonweinberg.com/artists/meyer/meyer_unique/meyer_1.html

Artist Statement:

For my work to succeed it should be concerned with reality, but that part of reality that is inexact, uncertain, mysterious, maybe anxious and in a state of becoming-an art involved with feelings. M.G. Lord asked, "Do you feel that participating in a women's only show marginalizes your work?" Melissa Meyer replied, "Well, isn't the margins where the corrections are made?"

Biography:

Melissa Meyer (born May 4, 1946) is an American painter living in New York, NY. She is known for her paintings, watercolors and prints, which have been exhibited in the United States and abroad. She was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. She studied at New York University from 1968 to 1975, receiving a B.S. and an M.A. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum.

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Bascha Mon, Will Wheat Fields Ever Replace the Opium/Poppy Crop? (from the series Mountains, Barriers, and Poppy Fields), 2011
Encaustic, jute, and toy American flag on paper, 27.5 x 35 inches

Mon, Bascha

Born in Newark, NJ
Currently resides in Long Valley, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1974-1975

Education:
BA, Skidmore College and New York University
Paterson State University
Art Students League
School of Visual Arts
Parsons
China Institute

Collections:
Newark Museum, NJ
New Jersey State Museum
Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Japan

Website:
baschamon.neoimages.net

Artist Statement:

My work in the past 6-7 years has been inspired by world events - first, the major Indonesian Tsunami and next, the war in Afghanistan. (These series may be seen on my web-site; the latter series has a catalog and was presented in an on-line interview for R&F Encaustic Paints - Sept. 2011). These works employ encaustic and elements of collage. They are both abstract and subject based; color; form; texture and space are essential elements.

The exhibition in 1975 was only my 2nd public exposure as an artist. My meeting with Lynn Miller and Kay Walking Stick were important influences. I continue to be in contact with Kay. As a result of the exhibit, I had more confidence in pursuing a life in art.

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Claire Moore, Why do I bother to pick my way across this repetitious landscape, 1985
Acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 48 x 32 inches

Moore, Claire (1917-1988)

Year Exhibited:
1984

Education:
1934, Art Student's League
1937, Atelier of David Siqueiros
1944, Atelier of Fernand Leger
1952, San Francisco Art Institute

Collections:
New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY

Artist Statement:

"There is certainly a kind of release in projecting myself out into space, and also a kind of hope.  To paint the timeless, in accessible universe enables me to invent landscapes, and to float free without needing protective gear.  I paint space, and have been painting space for several years now, because it entertains me to do so.  And I am in the good company of writers like Ursula LeGuinn, Doris Lessing, and Italo Calvino. There is no mystery to be found in my science-fiction.  I state what the story is about in the picture itself.  Nor is there mystery in my techniques, or in my point of view about the way people interact anywhere.  The mystery that I find, and that I hope the viewer will also find, is in the painting's accidents, in its hesitations, and in its unique self-organization." -Claire Moore

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Lois Morrison, Shall Fish Dance?, 2000
Fabric, sequins, and beads, 6.75 x 14.5 x 1 inches

Morrison, Lois (1934- )

Born in Zaire
Currently resides in NJ

Years Exhibited:
1973-1974

Education:
1956, BA, Mary Baldwin College for Women
1963, Graduate Work, Indiana University
1966, MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University

Collections:
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Artist Statement:

In the 1980s, a fortuitous request to "make me a book" from a friend curating an artist book show started me on what has become a passion. All other work dwindled for this. Most of my books have a movable three-dimensional aspect. Reading was my earliest joy, so to make books with my own hands - working with text, illustration, and form - is making my end game a joy. Ah, that's heady stuff: dreams made concrete.

Biography:

Nearly three quarters of a century ago, I was born in the Belgian Congo of missionary parents. Until I was eighteen, we went back and forth between there and Richmond, Virginia. The big event of my childhood was being on the Zamzam, a ship the Germans sank five days out of Capetown, and the subsequent perilous trip back to America via France and Portugal in 1941. At eighteen, I returned to the States to Mary Baldwin College for Women, spent two years in Japan, returned to Indiana University where I began my master's degree in fine arts, finished at Virginia Commonwealth University, and began teaching at Mary Baldwin.

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Portia Munson, Tulip Bud, 2009
Pigmented ink on paper, 32 x 40 inches

Munson, Portia (1961- )

Born in Beverly, MA
Currently resides in Catskill, NY

Year Exhibited:
1996

Education:
1983, BFA, Cooper Union
1990, MFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
1987, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Website:
www.portiamunson.com

Artist Statement:

Portia Munson works in a range of media, a concern for the environment is an overarching theme in her work. She is known for her "Pink Project" installations made up of thousands of pink plastic objects that explores "the marketing of femininity". Her Green Plastic installations show how the color green is used to mass market things that are anything but "green". Munson's large flower prints are scanned circular configurations of fresh flowers, documenting what is blooming on the day they are made.

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Kumiko Murashima, KATASOME Super-Imposed XXVIII, 2006
Japanese paste-resist die on handmade paper, 34 x 23 inches

Murashima, Kumiko (1937- )

Born Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Years Exhibited:
1977-1978

Education:
1963, BFA, Women's College of Fine Arts, Tokyo
1970, MFA, Indiana University
1991, Parsons School of Design

Collections:
Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, IN
Fairmont Institute, PA
North American Re-Insurance Co. NY

Artist Statement:

"Transforming Tradition Into a Vision of My Own." After the publication of my book entitled, "KATAZOME" in 1994, I've been intensely involved with the use of alternative supplies in the USA to replace the traditional ones used in Japan. I believe that it has been a great beak through solving the major obstacle through many years of my devoted research/experimentation. The newest works reflect my attempt to create three dimensional effect by layering different patterns through repeated multiple dyeing processes.

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Laura Newman, Palette, 2011
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 52 x 64 inches

Newman, Laura (1956- )

Born in Cleveland, OH
Currently resides in Brooklyn, NY

Year Exhibited:
1999

Collections:
New Museum, NY
University of Arizona
IBM

Website:
lauranewman.com

Artist Statement:

For a long time I've felt that a painting becomes alive when I can feel the space in it. My painting has always been situated in the area between representation and abstraction. In my my most recent work, the imagery develops out of the interaction of pouring liquid paint onto canvas and then applying hard-edged geometrical lines and gestural whorls to the resulting stained forms. I aim to arrive at an image that surprises me but I recognize.

My inclusion in the exhibition in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series reiterated my awareness of how important the community of women artists was to me. There are so many female painters whose work inspires me and who I have a visual conversation with.

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Dianora Niccolini, Adrian, 2005
Photograph, dimensions variable

Niccolini, Dianora (1936- )

Born in Florence, Italy
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1982-1983

Website:
www.dianoraniccolini.com

Artist Statement:

Dianora prides herself in exploring and stretching artistic boundaries. She believes that art is an open ended experience with infinite possibilities. She attributes her love of art and creative daring to her Florentine upbringing.

Biography:

In 1963, Niccolini met Weegee and took up photography. Since then, Dianora's professional career and focus has been photography. In 1973, she began to create photographic bodies of work which resulted in exhibits. Her first photographic exhibit was in 1974. It was a serious study of the female nude. Her second exhibit was in 1975. It was a study of the male nude which was favorably reviewed by Gene Thornton in The Sunday New York Times of December 7, 1975. One of her first male models was an Afro-American body builder. His photographs have been included in many photographic anthologies and were also widely exhibited in the mid-seventies and pre dated Mapplethorpe's images of body builders by several years. Dianora Niccolini's male nude images have definitely influenced many photographers. She is considered to be one of the female pioneers of the male nude in photography and continues to photograph the male nude to this day.

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Christine Osinski, Alice Projected, 2011
Color photograph, 16 x 20 inches

Osinski, Christine (1948- )

Born in Chicago, IL
Currently resides in the New York Metropolitan Area

Year Exhibited:
1976

Education:
BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MFA, Yale University School of Art

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX
Portland Art Museum, OR

Artist Statement:

As a photographer, cameras, practitioners and pictures have always been the objects of my affection. These image-makers and instruments of light transmission, time/travel, recording and projection have become my photographic subjects. I wish for my photographs to be the platform where odd assortments of images, objects and people may have a conversation.

Biography:

Osinski's work has recently been included in exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, La Casa Encendida in Madrid, the New York Public Library, Wave Hill, the Newhouse Contemporary Art Center and Blue Sky Gallery. In 2005 Osinski became a Guggenheim Fellow and her work has also received support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Graham Foundation, and Lightwork among other foudations.

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Paris, Lucille Marie*

Years Exhibited:
1982, 1983-1984

Artist Statement:

For the most part, as creative beings each artist exists alone: to some a selected necessity, to some a social pejorative; to others a matrix for configuring uniqueness. But breaking boundaries generates configuration, a sum in creative constellation.
(from Representative Works, 1971-1984: Women Artists Series, and Focused Fragments (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1984): p. 15)

 

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Mariette Pathy Allen, Couple at Wildwood
Selenium toned black and white photograph, 20 x 24 inches

Pathy Allen, Mariette

Born in Egypt
Currently resides in New York

Years Exhibited:
1982-1983

Education:
BA, Vassar College
BFA, University of Pennsylvania
MFA, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania

Collections:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

Website:
www.mariettepathyallen.com

Artist Statement:

Shortly after I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an MFA in painting, I took a class with photographer Harold Feinstein. As a result, was hired by the State Museum of New Jersey. Keith Metzger, the curator of the department of exhibitions, had seen "The Family of Man" and wanted to create something like it for the State of New Jersey. The photographs I took of New Jersey became my first body of work.

As a newborn photographer, I must have felt validated to be in the Rutgers exhibition.

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Judith Peck, Housewife, 2007
Bronze, 39 x 18 x 11 inches

Peck, Judith

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Education:
Teachers College, Columbia University
PhD, New York University

Collections:
Yale University Gallery, CT
Ghetto Fighters Museum, Israel
West Palm Beach Library, FL

Website:
www.judithpeck.com

Artist Statement:

My sculpture is inspired by people, their joys and disappointments, travails and triumphs. An infinite terrain, the landscape of people: dramatic, full of vitality, sometimes painful but frequently funny, yet always changing. I am changed as I wander in these familiar and unfamiliar places with the tools of carving, molding and fabrication in hand.

An excellent venue such as the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series will always help to promote an artist's work. I felt welcomed, as my sculpture is so focused on women.

Biography:

Judith Peck is full professor of Art at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah. She is author of the text, Sculpture as Experience: Working with Clay, Wire, Wax, Plaster, and Found Objects (Chilton); Leap to the Sun: Learning through Dynamic Play (Prentice-Hall); Art & Interaction (Ramapo College of New Jersey); Art Activities for Mind and Imagination; Artistic Crafts (Imagination Arts Publications); Sculpture as Experience 2nd Edition (Krause), and two children's picture books. A full color catalog of her work was organized by the Bergen Museum.

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Jenny Polak, Mobile House for Urban Migrant Workers, 2007
Wood, plywood, weathertyte billboard vinyl printed with tree bark image, Coroplast solar panel and lamp, and rain collecting roof, 8 x 6 x 13 feet

Polak, Jenny (1957- )

Born in London, UK
Currently resides in Brooklyn, NY

Year Exhibited:
2009

Education:
BA, Cambridge University
BA, St. Martins School of Art
MFA, School of Visual Arts

Collections:
Griffiss International Sculpture Garden, NY
International Contemporary Art Foundation, KY
Christ's College, Cambridge University, UK

Website:
www.jennypolak.com

Artist Statement:

Jenny Polak is an artist making architectural installations, drawings and web projects. Her fictional design firm, Design For The Alien Within, promotes hypothetical hiding and dwelling places for people without immigration documents. Polak's work refers to architecture and design: her reinvented furniture, infrastructural elements, plans and building kits address the dangers of today's immigration and border politics. Polak came to the US from England and her family history of hiding and migration fuels her preoccupation with how people arrive and depart and ways we negotiate the spaces of transition, including the illegal assistance of undocumented and stateless people.

My 2009 exhibition with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series provided me with a point of re-evaluation for my art practice. I was able to gather and cross-reference a wide range of my immigration-related work, from drawing and painting to 3-D and web-based projects, for the first time, and received rich feedback from students and faculty at Rutgers.

Biography:

Polak was a fellow of the Whitney Independent Studio Program and has exhibited widely, recently completing a large-scale permanent installation commissioned by the Griffiss International Sculpture Garden. Residencies include Sculpture Space, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the CCA Santa Fe, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program. She is a recipient of a Franklin Furnace Future of the Present Award, a Digital Matrix Award and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, among others.

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Martha Posner, Memory of Flight II, 2010
Found objects, synthetic hair, beeswax, oil stick, oil paint, and pigment on paper, 30 x 22 x 1.5 inches

Posner, Martha (1956- )

Born in Cleveland, OH
Currently resides in Martin's Creek, PA

Year Exhibited:
1999

Education:
1977, Philadelphia College of Art

Collections:
George Gund Foundation, OH
Allentown Art Museum, PA
Kaiser Permanente, OH

Website:
www.marthaposner.com

Artist Statement:

Deeply inspired by fairy tales, myths and travels to countries and cultures more remote than my own, I began making empty, but not empty garments. For these works are filled with a presence, an energy or maybe they are filled with a memory. A hint of a life before now - their moment of transformation.

Well, I am in much better company now. I am most grateful to be an alumna of this wonderful institution.

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Lisa Pressman, Walking the Line, 2011
Oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches

Pressman, Lisa (1958- )

Born in Rahway, NJ
Currently resides in West Orange, NJ

Year Exhibited:
2010

Education:
1979, BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University
1983, MFA, Bard College

Collections:
Pat Bell, NJ
McKinsey Financial Corporation, NY
Hyatt Regency Hotels

Website:
www.lisapressman.net

Artist Statement:

My work is rooted in play, a sense of discovery and a passion for revealing the unknown. Images emerge from my translation of experiences of the outside world, and are internalized through the lens of the inner eye. I am interested in motion, energy and balance both formally and metaphorically.

Since I was an art student at Douglass, The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series directly affected my career, making it seem possible to become an artist and be a woman. One of my long time art goals was to be invited to exhibit in the series bringing my career full circle.

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Debra Ramsay, In Other Words (detail), 2008
Wax and eggshell on birch panels, 22 inches by 24 feet

Ramsay, Debra (1957- )

Born in Hudson, NY
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
2010

Education:
BA, Brooklyn College

Collections:
Various private collections in London, Seoul, and Dubai

Website:
www.debraramsay.com

Artist Statement:

My artwork has its foundation in primitive mathematics and examines spatial relationships. It's an idiosyncratic engagement with a system to generate form. Rule-based systems that I create in advance of working with the materials give the work its shape and coherence.

It was a privilege to have my work exposed to a new group of artist peers and curators. The exhibition provided a platform for dialogue about the relationships between the works of the invited artists.

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Abby Robinson, Stairs and Stones (Sri Lanka), 2002
Cibachrome photograph, 20 x 30 inches

Robinson, Abby

Born in Derby, CT
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1981, 1982-1983

Education:
BFA, Barnard College
MFA, Pratt Institute

Collections:
Whitney Museum of Art, NY
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX
Portland Art Museum, OR

Website:
www.abbyrobinson.com
www.homebodyimaging.com

Artist Statement:

Old photo studios provided environments where the past, the present, the traditional and the contemporary collided and where painted backgrounds and props gave clues into notions of class, taste and aspiration. My In Camera series, taken in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, builds on premises of traditional documentary photography but mixed with painterly and cinematic (implied narrative) additions. The panorama camera is perfect for this work in the way it compacts the world, widens it like Cinemascope yet flattens it to be read like a page of literature.

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series gave me one of my earliest solo exhibitions-which registered as a huge and important vote of confidence for my involvement with photography. That timely boost not only helped establish my career and jump start other projects but turned AutoWorks into a long term project to which I've added images over the years and which I plan to continue until I'm too old and feeble to hit the shutter.

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Mae Rockland Tupa, Mother of Exiles, 2006
3-D collage of fabric, wood, acrylic, metal, and plastic, 27 x 6 x 12 inches

Rockland Tupa, Mae (1937- )

Born in Bronx, NY
Currently resides in Brookline, MA

Year Exhibited:
1971

Education:
BFA, University of Minnesota
Hunter College
Alfred College of Ceramic Design

Collections:
Jewish Museum, NY
Berlin Judisches Museum, Germany
Skirball Cultural Center, CA

Artist Statement:

The "Mother of Exiles" Hanukkah lamp was commissioned by the Judisches Museum Berlin in 2006 for an exhibit titled "Heimat un Exil: Emigration der Deutschen Juden nach 1933" ("Home & Exile - Jewish Emigration from Germany since 1933"). The statuettes face alternately front and back because, as I explained in "The Hanukkah Book" (Schocken, 1975), "there have been times when Ms. Liberty has looked away and America has closed its doors to the persecuted and the downtrodden, as when the steamship St. Louis was denied haven in Miami and 900 Jews were sent back to Nazi Germany."

My occupation at the time I exhibited in the Women Artist Series was that of "Juggler". I juggled 3 children, a husband and household along with writing and making art. Focusing on the exhibit and the wonderful feedback I received convinced me that I did indeed have a future as an artist and writer. Haven't stopped since.

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Roslyn Rose, Ganymede, 2011
Digital montage, 11 x 9 inches

Rose, Roslyn (1929- )

Born in Irvington, NJ
Currently resides in Hoboken, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1972-1973

Education:
Pratt Institute
Rutgers University, Newark
Skidmore College

Collections:
Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ
Print Collection at Newark Public Library, NJ
New Jersey State Museum

Website:
www.roslynrose.com

Artist Statement:

The contemporary introduction of the virtual darkroom has enabled me to integrate fleeting images from life and imagination. The pictures used in my digital montages include my photographs and found pictures. My camera and my computer are mediums that I use to exploit the images, producing collages that speak to the spectator; but allowing them to add their own interpretations.

Having my work on display in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series gave me the confidence to continue exploring new mediums and original creative ideas.

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Carol Rosen, Slaughter of the Innocents, 2010
Paper, 42 x 36 inches

Rosen, Carol (1933- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in Califon, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1978-1979

Education:
1954, BA, Hunter College
1962, MA, Hunter College

Collections:
Whitney Museum of Art, NY
Print Collection at Newark Public Library, NJ
National Collection of Fine Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Website:
carolrosen.net

Artist Statement:

There is no way to recreate the psychological destructiveness of the Holocaust experience. One can only approximate the truth by implying the isolation, fear and disorientation of its victims.

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series introduced my work to the academic community.

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Marilyn R. Rosenberg, A Big Step, 2011
Scanned from original gouche and ink visual poetry drawing, dimensions variable

Rosenberg, Marilyn R. (1934- )

Born in Philadelphia, PA
Currently resides in Cortlandt Manor and New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1985-1986

Education:
1993, MA, New York University

Collections:
AVANT Writing Collection, Ohio State University Libraries
Hebrew Union College Museum, NY
Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive, FL

Website:
http://local-artists.org/user/4302

Artist Statement:

As I installed my work at Dana, I met two artists that became friends and are an influence in my art and personal life.

Biography:

Since 1977, I am a bookworks maker of 30+ small editions of artists' books, a few of each with collaborators, 100 + unique works that includes sculptural bookworks, and many visual poems, and lots of these can be found in print and web publications and approximately eighty university, college, and museum libraries and/or collections worldwide. Involved in over 200 international group exhibits, I also have two daughters since the 60s, followed by five grandsons.

 

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Ce Roser, Gate Keeper, 2008
Oil, 24 x 48 inches

Roser, Ce

Born in Philadelphia, PA
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1976-77, 1984

Education:
Hoch Schule fur Bildende Kunste, Germany

Collections:
Guggenheim Museum, NY
Whitney Museum of Art, NY
Newark Museum, NJ

Artist Statement:

Art is a bridge between the verbal and pre-verbal world. Where life experience and perception join in, integrating loss and change, found and imagined creating without displacement.

Exhibiting at the Mary H. Dana Artists Series opened a window. It introduced my work to Lawrence Alloway and demonstrated that showing at an alternative space could be of great significance.

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Lynn Rudnik, Aerial America, 2010
Acrylic on woven canvas, 48 x 48 inches

Rudnick, Lynn

Currently resides in New Jersey

Year Exhibited:
1978

Education:
1971, BFA, Pratt Institute
1974, MA, New York University

Collections:
Paintings and prints in private collections nationwide

Artist Statement:

I am a lifelong painter/printmaker with a collection of work spanning the photorealistic to abstract style; from highly representational subject matter to presently abstract content. I have worked in various medium to include paper, canvas, inks, oil/ acrylic paints and always including mixed media. My latest passion is the patterning of woven canvas constructions with attention to the grid format. I forsee the designing of cut woven canvas with the addition of paint and mixed media to continue to be my creative exploration.

I exhibited early in my career with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series - the summer of 1978. This opportunity added credibility to my credentials in opening future doors to solo/group exhibitions and reviews of my work.

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Halina Rusak, Summer Solstice, 1976
Acrylic, 42 x 42 inches

Rusak, Halina (1928-2000)

Born in Belarus

Years Exhibited:
1974, 1984

Education:
Phillips University, Germany
University of Louvain, Belgium
Connecticut College for Women
BA, MLS, MA, Douglass College, Rutgers University

Collections:
Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ
Belarusan National Art Museum, Belarus

Artist Statement:

"Art is an expression of an individual's lifelong interaction with the physical and social environment. The power and wonder of Nature have been a strong influence on the formation of my philosophy. My life values were established through direct contact with physical surroundings, as well as transmitted to me through myth and legend, through song and fable told by grand-mothers; through visual language used for centuries and generations by women-folk in textiles, embroidery and pottery." Halina Rusak

Halina Rusak credited the Mary H Dana Women Artists Series with inspiring her to continue making art. "There became a sort of established highway between Douglass Library and women's galleries in New York." (Halina Rusak interview by Kate Murphy, Ferris Olin and, Deborah VanDetta, tape recording April 4, 2000, Douglass College, New Brunswick, N.J.) Her exposure to fellow women artists, allowed her the opportunity to be a part of the progressive movement at Douglass College, in New York, and the larger art environment.

Biography:

Halina Rusak was born in Soviet occupied Belarus. Following WW II, Rusak began her college education began in Phillips University, Marburg Germany, followed by University of Louvain, Louvain Belgium. She emigrated to the US in 1949, beginning her US education in the Connecticut College for Women, then transferring to Douglas College, Rutgers University. She graduated with a BA in French, followed by an MLS in Library Science. She then obtained an MA in Art. Rusak was an active participant in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series. She was also an original member of the women's cooperative art gallery, SOHO 20, in SOHO New York. Halina Rusak pursued her career in the library sciences, first, at Douglass College, and then as the Head of the Art Library at Rutgers College, where she helped plan, and oversee the building of the new Art Library. Halina Rusak retired from Rutgers in July 2000.

 

This submission is by Halina Rusak's daughters, Natalia Rusak and Ludmila R. Grant.

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Shirley Samberg, Wrappings
Wood, burlap, paint, and grit
82 x 71 x 72 inches

Samberg, Shirley*

Year Exhibited:
1988

Artist Statement:

Samberg intentionally resists assigning titles to her life-size figural sculptures. Instead, she calls them "Wrappings," thereby encouraging individual interpretation. These works have been regarded as Holocaust memorials, witches, personifications of grief, and religious images. The artist herself views them as universal symbols of struggle and suffering, and considers the wrappings the "veneer [with which] we all surround ourselves."
(from Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1988): p. 9)

 

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Larilyn Sanchez, HOMEBOUND, 2004
Single channel color video

Sanchez, Larilyn (1974- )

Born in the Philippines
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
2005

Education:
BA, New School
MPS, New York University

Artist Statement:

A migrant worker sends her mother back home bringing a taste of a 'better life' at all cost. This is one of the absurd but practical realities of consumerism along with tradition in a developing nation.

Exhibiting with May H. Dana Women Artist Series allowed this video to be seen in an environment where it connected me to other artists, curators and programmers that brought the piece to film festivals, programs, museum and galleries.

Biography:

Born 1974 in the Philippines. She received her undergraduate degree at New School University (B.A.) and her master's degree at New York University (M.P.S.). Larilyn currently resides in New York, NY. This video is part of National Geographic All Roads Film Festival DVD collection and was broadcast nationally on PBS' Global Lens.

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Carol McClure Sanzalone, Floral Splash, 2008
Watercolor, 30 x 20 inches

Sanzalone, Carol McClure (1947- )

Born in Rahway, NJ
Currently resides in Lambertville, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1998-1999

Collections:
George Nakashima Studio, PA
Hunterdon County Courthouse, NJ
Artist's Gallery in Lambertville, NJ

Website:
www.lambertvillearts.com/artists/sanzalone

Artist Statement:

Inspired by the Delaware Valley, where I have lived and maintained my studio for over thirty-eight years, I am interested in the intersection of color and the graphic pattern of shadow and natural light. Currently working in watercolor and acrylic, my artistic journey has included work as a graphic designer and printmaker. When I consider a subject, I am always drawing on that history.

The opportunity to exhibit my work in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series has provided me with a valued sense of connection with a group of outstanding sister artists. A group of women artists with whom I feel truly honored to have been included.

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Naomi Savage, Rib Cage, 1947
Photogram, 11 x 14 inches

Savage, Naomi (1927-2005)

Years Exhibited:
1979-1980

Education:
Bennington College

Website:
http://www.francisnaumann.com/SAVAGE/

Biography:

Naomi Savage, 78, photographer, died at her home in Princeton, New Jersey, on November 22, 2005.  While still in high school, she took a class in photography at the New School for Social Research with Berenice Abbott.  Some twenty years earlier, Abbott had studied photography in Paris with Man Ray, who was Naomi Savage's uncle.  In 1946, Savage enrolled in Bennington College, where she studied art and music, but before graduating, left to be an apprentice for Man Ray in Hollywood.  He taught her that photography was above all a creative process, one of many tools that could be used for the purpose of visual expression.  When she returned to New York in 1948, she combined her love of music with her skill in photography by taking portraits of the best known composers of day:  Aaron Copland, John Cage, Virgil Thomson, etc. (over 30 in all).  Throughout her career, she experimented with the medium of photography, continuously inventing new and highly original techniques.  Perhaps her best known work is a series of metal photo engravings (1972) dominating the walls of the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas.  In her later years, she became attracted to the enormous potential of digital imagery, experimenting with various methods to manipulate and enhance color, even using new and unconventional materials for laser printing.  She exhibited widely, most recently at the Montclair Art Museum, and her photographs are included in major institutional collections throughout the United States.

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Claudia Sbrissa, Habitat: Remnants of a Failed Utopia, 2005
Vinyl collage on paper, 10 feet x 44 inches

Sbrissa, Claudia

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Currently resides in Brooklyn, NY

Year Exhibited:
2005

Education:
1991, BFA, York University, Canada
1996, BEd, Queen's University, Canada
2002, MFA, Cornell University
2003, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Collections:
Dan Donovan Collection, Canada
Columbus Museum, GA
Museum Guillermo Perez Chiribiga Ecuador

Website:
www.claudiasbrissa.com

Artist Statement:

My practice is informed by issues of identity and culture, and by my engagement with materials. My work is reflective of my feminist artistic identity and is suffused with a quality of romance and material transcendence in which its human traces convey my concern with the connection between image, material and space.

It was an honor to exhibit with Mary H. Dana Woman Artists Series; to be a part of this rich legacy is truly inspiring and has helped to connect me to an important community.

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Miriam Schaer, Your not having children was the biggest disappointment of our life from Baby (Not) On Board: The Last Prejudice?, 2010
Hand-embroidered baby dress, 12 x 15 inches

Schaer, Miriam (1956- )

Born in Buffalo, NY
Currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL

Year Exhibited:
2000

Education:
BFA, Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts)
BFA, School of Visual Arts
Boston University
Center for Book Arts, NY

Collections:
Yale University, CT
Jaffe Collection, Florida Atlantic University, FL
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture, Duke University, NC

Website:
http://miriamschaer.com

Artist Statement:

"Selfish... neurotic... irresponsible... immature... unfeminine... materialistic... uptight... deviant" - all words I have heard to characterize my decision to not have children, a choice pressing the button of one of society's remaining antagonisms. Baby (Not) on Board: The Last Prejudice?, a series of hand-embroidered baby dresses and rompers that addresses the anger so many people direct at women who choose childlessness, explores our culture's pejorative views about women without kids. Using red thread to create scarlet letters, I embroidered on infant clothing items actual accusatory comments gathered from interviews with childless women, online research, and personal experience.

I was honored to have been included in the Mary H. Dana Women's Artist Series at the Douglass Library as it placed me alongside other artists I have respected and admired. It was seen by a great many people and prompted at least one feature article, by Lynne Cothern for FiberArts magazine, who was excited that my work had been included in the series.

Biography:

I was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1956 and have received BFA degrees from the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) in Philadelphia and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. I have also studied at Boston University in Boston and at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. I live in Brooklyn, New York and also in Chicago, where I teach in the Interdiciplinary MFA in Book and Paper at Columbia College Chicago.

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Miriam Schapiro, Frida and Me, 1990
Color lithograph, fabric, and color xerox, 41.5 x 29.5 inches

Schapiro, Miriam (1923- )

Born in Toronto, Ontario

Years Exhibited:
1974-1975, 1981, 1984, 2004-2005 Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence

Education:
1945, BA, University of Iowa
1946, MA, University of Iowa
1949, MFA, University of Iowa

Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Whitney Museum, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 Biography:

Schapiro is a renowned artist and a teacher, the recipient of six honorary doctorates, and has been the subject of numerous doctoral and masters degree dissertations. She is known as a leader in two art movements, the Feminist Art Movement and Pattern and Decoration Movement. She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Art Association. The Miriam Schapiro Archives for Women Artists at Rutgers University was established in January 2006.

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Susan Schwalb, Interlunar Vibrations X, 2011
Silverpoint, copper, and black gesso on wood, 30 x 30 inches
Collection of the artist

Schwalb, Susan (1944- )

Born in New York, NY
Currently resides in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
1977

Education:
1965, BFA, Carnegie-Mellon University

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NY
British Museum, UK
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, MA

Website:
http://www.susanschwalb.com

Artist Statement:

I have worked in the Renaissance technique of silverpoint and metalpoint drawing since the early 1970's. My first series of metalpoint drawings was on the theme of the Orchid (1974-78); the sensual quality of silverpoint built up slowly and meticulously with thousands of lines was particularly suited to my images. In more recent years I moved further into minimal abstraction and have continued to push the limits of silverpoint.

My solo show at the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series was the first exhibition of what I consider to be my mature work. It was the start of a long and full career and I will always be grateful for all the generosity that was shown to me by Lynn Miller director of the series.

Biography:

I was born in 1944 in New York City and still reside there. After attending the High School of Music and Art (1958-61) I received a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1965.

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Joan Semmel, Untitled, 2007
Digital print, 12 x 12 inches
Edition of 60
Collaborator: John C. Erickson
Image courtesy of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions

Semmel, Joan (1932- )*

Born in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1981, 1984

Education:
1952, Cooper Union Art School
1959, Art Students League
1963, BFA, Pratt Institute
1972, MFA, Pratt Institute

Collections:
New Jersey State Museum
Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
Museum of Modern Art, NY

 *Entry created on behalf of the artist by the IWA

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Rosalind Shaffer, Meditation, 2010
Porcelain sculpture, dimensions variable

Shaffer, Rosalind

Resides in CT

Years Exhibited:
1985-1986

Education:
BFA, Syracuse University

Artist Statement:

Over the past decade, my work has evolved from painted figurative wood constructions set in environmental vignettes, to working in sculpture executed in porcelain often with raku glazing and firing. Where the wood constructions concentrated on color and spacial relationships created through the juxtaposing of flat cut-out shapes, my new work in clay has allowed for more tactile and sinuous three dimensional form. Working in thin veil-like layers of clay, the pieces have an ephemeral spiritual quality. Many are void of color with an ivory matte surface, those in color have the turbulence of raku firing, creating a complexity on the surface of the pieces through the charring and crackling of the glaze that is the nature of this ancient Japanese firing technique.

Biography:

Rosalind Shaffer is one of the original founding members of Soho 20 Gallery in NYC, and was represented by the J Rosenthal Gallery in Chicago for a number of years. In addition to exhibiting in 1996 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series at the Douglas Library, her work has been exhibited throughout the country.

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Ela Shah, Watch out Umrica
Mixed media on wood, 48 x 20 x 1 inches

Shah, Ela

Born in Bombay, India
Currently resides in Montclair, NJ

Year Exhibited:
2008

Education:
MA, Montclair State University

Collections:
New Jersey State Museum
Montclair Art Museum, NJ
Indian Embassy
Various private collections

Website:
www.elashah.com

Artist Statement:

I search myself through art and it helps me survive and have faith in this confused and often contradictory world.

My exhibition with Mary H Dana Women Artists Series introduced me to talented, nice people like artists, art lovers and curators like Ferris Olin, Judy Brodsky, Izabel Nazario, Donna Gustafson, Kate Somers and others to encourage me in my career.

Biography:

Ela Shah was born in Bombay, India. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Fine Arts from India, she traveled around the world and subsequently moved to Montclair New Jersey and received her M.A. in sculpture at Montclair State University. Although an American citizen, she has been able to hold on to her Indian heritage and incorporate elements of it into her artwork along with Western influences. She has received from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts 2003 fellowship for sculpture and 2006 fellowship for painting.

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Nancy H. Shand, Perigean Spring Tide 1, 2011
Acrylic and pastel on paper, 30 x 24 inches

Shand, Nancy Hart (1946- )

Born in Fall River, MA
Currently resides in Tiverton, RI

Years Exhibited:
1976-1977

Education:
BFA, Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute (now University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
MFA, Arizona State University

Collections:
Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters, NJ
Chubb Insurance Group
Educational Testing Services, NY

Website:
www.nancyhartshand.com

Artist Statement:

My relationship with the landscape surrounding me is reflected in my art. Since moving from New Jersey back to my ancestral home in Rhode Island my work has been more involved with the sea and sky. The drawings I have submitted are of my beach at the Perigean Spring tide which is an extremely low tide in winter.

The mid seventies, when I participated, was a difficult time for women artists to be taken seriously and given opportunities to show their work. I think the encouragement I received, by being included in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Rutgers, was beyond measure.

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Sheba Sharrow, Balancing Act III, 1994
Mixed media on Arches paper
Photo credit: Joseph Mikuliak

Sharrow, Sheba*

Year Exhibited:
1995

Education:
BFA, Art Institute of Chicago Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Collections:
Steelcase Corporation
Armstrong World Industries
Cigna Corporation of America
Citibank of New York
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Millersville University
Rite Aid Corporation

Artist Statement:

My work deals with the issues that concern me most. My fervent hope is that it speaks for itself.
(from The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series 1995-1996 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1995): p. 5)

 

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Layle Silbert, Poet May Swenson

Silbert, Layle (1913-2003)*

Born in Chicago

Year Exhibited:
1979

Education:
1933, BA, University of Chicago
1938, MA, School of Social Service Administration

Artist Statement:

Layle Silbert views her work as an "act of intense concentration and above all (as) an act of respect." It is the respect for her art form and for the art form of the writers she photographs that gives her portraits their penetrating intensity. Silbert photographs renowned poets and writers...concentrating on portraits of American and Latin American women authors.
(from The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series 1979-1980 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1980): p. 5)

 

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Sylvia Sleigh, Douglas John and Ms. Smith, 2007
Digital print with hand lithography, edition of 60, 12 x 12 inches
Collaborator: John C. Erickson
Image courtesy of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions

Sleigh, Sylvia (1916-2010)*

Born in Wales, England

Years Exhibited:
1974-1975, 1981, 1984

Collections:
Hudson River Museum, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Everson Museum of Art, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

Artist Statement:

"It has always been difficult for women to do creative work or indeed to have any profession that endows prestige in our chauvinist patriarchal society. It was particularly hard for ambitious women painters who wished to paint the most highly regarded subjects - history pictures. This was because it was impossible for them to do drawings and paintings from nude models, female or male, so that figure compositions would be most difficult for them. Once I became aware of this situation in the '60s, I made a point of finding male models and I painted them as portraits, not as sex objects, but sympathetically as intelligent and admired people, not as women had so often been depicted as individuated houris. I had noted from my childhood that there were always pictures of beautiful women, but very few pictures of handsome men so I thought that it would be truly fair to paint handsome men for women." - Sylvia Sleigh
(from http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base/gallery/sylviasleigh.php)

 

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Clarissa Sligh, Women Bring the People, 2006
Offset lithograph on Somerset paper, 22 x 25 inches

Sligh, Clarissa (1939- )

Born in Washington, DC
Currently lives in Asheville, NC

Year Exhibited:
2000

Education:
1961, BS, Hampton Institute
1972, BFA, Howard University
1972, Skowhegan School of Art
1973, MBA, University of Pennsylvania
1998, MA, Texas Woman's University
1999, MFA, Howard University

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX

Website:
www.clarissasligh.com

Artist Statement:

Clarissa Sligh is drawn to political, personal and cultural themes. Her work is rooted in the visuals, sounds and silences of the small Virginia blue-collar black community in which she grew up and in the local as well as national civil rights activities in which her family was involved.

When I exhibited photographs documenting Jake as he transitioned from female to male, there were not a lot of places where I could show that work at that time. The exhibition gave me an opportunity to try out concepts that later became the basis for a traveling exhibition and an artist's book.

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Terise Slotkin, Mona Wells, 2004
Digital capture - color photograph, 16 x 20 inches

Slotkin, Terise (1948- )

Born in Bayonne, NJ
Currently resides in New York, NY

Years Exhibited:
1974-1975

Education:
1970, BA, Douglass College
1973, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program
1975, MA, New York University

Collections:
Kiki Smith
Tom Otterness
Women's Action Coalition Archive, New York Public Library, NY

Website:
www.terislotkin.com

Artist Statement:

Photography is both my passion and vocation. My continually evolving sensibility is enriched by the interplay of art and commerce. It is not unusual for personal projects to become the basis for assignments and visa versa.

This was one of the first opportunities for me to exhibit my work and gave me the confidence to show my work in other situations. As a Douglass Alumnae it provided another connection to the college.

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Mimi Smith, Camouflage Maternity Dress, 2004
Camouflage fabric, plastic dome, screws, and hanger, 47 x 22 x 9 inches
Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Kustera Gallery

Smith, Mimi (1942- )

Born in Brookline, MA

Years Exhibited:
1979, 2004-2005

Education:
1963, BFA, Massachusetts College of Art
1966, MFA, Rutgers University

Collections:
Rhode Island School of Design Museum
Newark Museum, NJ
Fogg Museum, MA

Website:
www.mimismith.com

Artist Statement:

I began making sculpture in the form of clothing in 1965 because I believed that women looked at clothes as a visual object, like looking at a work of art, and I wanted to say something about the shared experiences I had as a young woman. Over the years my work has used many subjects and taken many forms from knotted thread and tape measure drawings, to knit babies, drawing and audio installations, and clock pieces. I have continued to use both the subject and form of clothing and women in my work, a current series of drawings commenting on aging and illness and the different decades of a woman's life through her clothes.

When Joan Snyder asked me to do a show in the Women's Artist Series at the Douglass Library I immediately and happily said yes since we were fellow graduate student at Rutgers in the 60's when the MFA program was on the Douglass campus. I decided to show the Wedding Train from my Wedding Installation thesis show along with early clothing pieces, work I had not shown before, and was not to show again in some cases for decades, along with the TV drawings that I was making at the time of the exhibit.

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Tracey Snelling, Untitled 6, 2001
Found images, gatorboard, wood metal, lights, old photographs, leaves, fan, transformer, and suitcase, 25 x 14 x10.5 inches

Snelling, Tracey (1970- )

Born in California
Resides in New Mexico

Year Exhibited:
2005

Education:
BFA, University of New Mexico

Collections:
Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Netherlands
Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, China
Houston Center for Photography, TX

Website:
www.traceysnelling.com

Artist Statement:

My work derives from voyeurism, film noir, and geographical and architectural location. Within this idea of location, themes develop of a particular locale's inhabitants: Who are these people? What do they do and why do they do it? Through video, sound, and manipulation of size, I am not trying to replicate a place; rather I give my impression of a place, its people and their experience, and allow the viewer to extrapolate his or her own meaning.

I was honored to be asked to take part in the exhibit "Regeneration" at Rutgers University, which later traveled to the Kentler International Drawing space and Smack Mellon. It was a pleasure meeting Joan and her daughter Molly, and such a great experience to see strong women both succeeding in the art world and making innovative exhibitions come to fruition. The exposure at Smack Mellon also led to a solo exhibition there a few years later.

Biography:

Tracey Snelling was born in 1970, in Oakland, California. She received a BFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and currently lives and works in the Bay Area. Her work is in the collections of Gemeentemuseum Helmond, the Netherlands, Shanghai Zendai MOMA, Zhujiajiao, China, and the Houston Center for Photography, TX, among other places.

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Joan Snyder, Song Cycle 1 for Molly, 2011
Oil, acrylic, paper mache, silk, twigs, and fabric on linen, 48 x 48 inches

Snyder, Joan (1940- )

Born in Highland Park, NJ
Currently resides in Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY

Years Exhibited:
1972, 1976, 1984, 2005, 2010-2011 Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence

Education:
1962, AB, Douglass College
1966, MFA, Rutgers University

Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Jewish Museum, NY
Guggenheim Museum, NY
High Museum of Art, GA
Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Website:
joansnyder.net

Artist Statement:

Joan Snyder first gained public attention in the 1970's with her elegant, abstract "stroke paintings". These paintings were included in the Whitney 1973 Biennial and the Corcoran 1975 Biennial, and were the basis of her first solo shows in New York City and San Francisco. Often called an autobiographical or confessional artist her subjects range from the landscape to love, death, motherhood, sex and politics. Her paintings, with their exquisite use of color, frequently contain text as well as materials, including herbs, mud, silk, straw, flowers, and seeds.

Forty years ago I got an idea that women students needed to see the work of women artists. This began the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series. It's been kept going all these years because of the good work of many many women and probably a few good men.

Biography:

Joan Snyder was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1983. In 2007, Snyder received a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Nancy Spero, Maypole-War, 2007
Digital print with hand lithography, edition of 60, 12 x 12 inches
Collaborator: John C. Erickson
Image courtesy of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions

Spero, Nancy (1926-2009)*

Born in Cleveland, OH

Years Exhibited:
1974, 1984

Education:
BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Tate Gallery, UK

Artist Statement:

"I have deliberately attempted to distance my art from the Western emphasis on the subjective portrayal of individuality by using a hand-printing and collage technique utilizing zinc plates as an artist's tool instead of a brush or palette knife. Figures derived from various cultures co-exist in simultaneous time... The figures themselves could become hieroglyphs--extensions of a text denoting rites of passage, birth to old age, motion and gesture...Woman as activator or protagonist dancing in procession, elegiac or celebrator a continuous presence, engaged directly or glimpsed peripherally; the eye, as a moving camera, scans the re-imaging of women." - Nancy Spero
(from http://www.artnet.com/awc/nancy-spero.html)


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Spohn, Jo*

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Artist Statement:

The fragmented lifestyles of women throughout history and the diversity of their roles in society have led women to produce art that is composed of multiple units. This concentration on the smaller pieces that eventual make the "whole" are necessitated by the structure of women's lives. Art for the women who created some of the rugs that I studied, before executing my pieces, meant telling their stories through utilitarian objects. These objects became a part of daily life - a visual journal that surrounded the women with stories and with a direct connection to their emotions. I hope with my own work to come somewhere close to the purity and simplicity of such a depiction of the value and meaning of life.
(from Representative Works, 1971-1984: Women Artists Series, and Focused Fragments (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1984): p. 16)

 

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Anita Steckel, Autobiographical Series, 2011
Pencil and printed photo on paper, 22 x 30 inches

Steckel, Anita (1930-2012)

Born in Brooklyn, NY

Year Exhibited:
1985

Education:
Cooper Union
Art Student's League

Collections:
Gloria Steinem
Ti-Grace
Atkinson
Arlene Raven/Nancy Grossman

Artist Statement:

I believe in the magic of art. Sometimes the subject matter is feminist or political but it only works if the art works.

At the time of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Show, Rutgers was the only place that was offering one-person shows to women so I will always be grateful and appreciative. Ferris Olin was the woman working on this series and I will always be grateful to her.

Biography:

Anita was born in 1930 in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at the High School of Music and Art, Cooper Union, and the Art Student's League (under Edwin Dickenson). Her work is part of the collections of Gloria Steinem, Ti-Grace, Atkinson, and Arlene Raven/Nancy Grossman.

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Linda Stein, Trio 595, 2007
Knights: wood, metal, stone, acrylicized paper, archival inks, mixed media; Borat, Marilyn, Womder Woman: shadow printing on vinyl, 78 x 125 x 10 inches

Stein, Linda (1943- )

Born in New York, NY

Year Exhibited:
2007

Education:
BA Queens College
MA Pratt Institute

Website:
www.lindastein.com

Artist Statement:

With her sculptural installation and traveling exhibition/performance/lecture, "The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein," Stein's work addresses core issues of male/female empowerment and victimization--focusing on the causes and effects of oppression leading to Gender Justice.

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Pat Steir, Winter Group

Steir, Pat (1940- )

Born in Newark, NJ
Currently resides in NY and VT

Year Exhibited:
1972

Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Museum of Modern Art, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, CA
Guggenheim Museum, NY
Tate Gallery, London
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Artist Statement:

We are all the shape of nature, our inner sound, our heartbeat, is the rhythm of the universe, for sure. What else can it be? Sometimes we're in contact with it and sometimes we're not.

Biography:

Pat Steir, born 1940 in Newark, NJ, works in paint, printmaking and installation art. Her work revels in both chance and skill, capturing the subtle patterns within the randomness of nature. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Artist's Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist's Grant. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art from Pratt Institute, as well as an Alumni Honoree from both Pratt Institute and Boston University. Rooted in writing and literature, Steir worked as an editor for Semiotext magazine and was a founding board member of both the Printed Matter bookshop, New York and the landmark feminist journal, Heresies. Her work is included in major public collections around the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Tate Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. As described by Art in America about her work, "This is painting in a grand tradition." She lives and works in New York and Vermont.

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May Stevens, The Band Played On, 2007
Digital print and hand lithography with gold dusting, 12 x 12 inches
Edition of 60
Collaborator: John C. Erickson
Image courtesy of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions

Stevens, May (1924- )*

Years Exhibited:
1974, 2006-2007 Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence

Collections:
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY

*Entry created on behalf of the artist by the IWA

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Michelle Stuart, Ring of Fire, 2010
Archivally printed altered photographs, metal table, stones, Polynesian wooden bowl, seeds, leather basket, reeds, Tonga tapa cloth, and cotton cloth, 58 x 119 inches with 2 inch intervals; table 28.5 x 40 x 18.25 inches

Stuart, Michelle

Born in Los Angeles, CA

Year Exhibited:
1973

Education:
New School

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Walker Art Center, MN
National Gallery of Australia

Website:
http://www.michellestuartstudio.com

Artist Statement:

The idea is to find something mysterious, try to capture it, and try to pass it on.

Rutgers stands out as being one of the few places supportive to women artists at a crucial time in the history of the women's movement.

Biography:

Michelle Stuart was born in Los Angeles, CA, and studied at the Chouinard Art Institute and the New School. Her works are in numerous major collections, including The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), and the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra, Australia). Stuart lives in New York City.

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Marie Sturken, Worldscape, 2008
Handmade paper, 40 inches

Sturken, Marie (1921- )

Born in CT
Currently resides in NJ

Years Exhibited:
1979-1980

Collections:
Bristol Myers-Squibb, NJ
Johnson & Johnson, NJ
Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ

Website:
http://mariesturken.com/

Artist Statement:

My recent works, created at Dieu Donne Papermill in New York, reflect my interest in fabric and yarn, and include embedded stitched gossamer Japanese papers and silk organza shaped with an incense burner. I also use transferred, printed words and images of the tools of needlework, Humble and ordinary, they are transformed through a series of processes which give them new life and meaning. My fascination with the kimono shape has taken many forms, most recently in both handmade paper and monotype, and I use the limitless possibilities of the form as a vehicle for creative expression and exploration.

The consistently high standard of Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series has always been an inspiration to me and I am proud that my work has been included in the 40th Anniversary Exhibit.

Biography:

Born: November 5, 1921, Danbury, CT. Studied printmaking with Judith Brodsky. 1970-75. Currently reside: Princeton, NJ. Collections: Bristol Myers-Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Hunterdon Museum of Art

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Athena Tacha, Friendship Plaza with Light Obelisk Fountain, 2000-2009
Bethesda, MD (aerial detail), 104 x 232 feet, fountain 30 feet in diameter

Tacha, Athena (1936- )

Years Exhibited:
1977, 1996

Website:
http://oberlin.edu/faculty/atacha

Biography:

Athena Tacha was born in Greece in 1936 and received M.A.s in sculpture (Athens) and in art history (Oberlin College), and a Ph.D. in aesthetics (Sorbonne, Paris). She settled in the U.S. in 1963 as curator of the Oberlin College Museum (OH) and taught sculpture at Oberlin College from 1973 to 2000, when she moved to Washington, DC with her spouse Richard Spear (becoming affiliated with UMD, College Park). Since 1970, Tacha has done environmental sculpture and conceptual/photographic art, and has executed over 40 large commissions for public sites throughout the U.S.A. She is represented in many museums, and has exhibited widely (2007 last one-artist show in New York), with a large solo exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta in 1989, and a traveling 40-year retrospective in Greece through 2010. Her present gallery is Marsha Mateyka, Washington. Most recent books on her work: Dancing in the Landscape: the Sculpture of Athena Tacha, Washington, 2000, and the bilingual catalog of her Greece show, Athena Tacha: From the Public to the Private.

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Elyse Taylor, Equality, 2010
Mixed media on canvas, 16 x 16 inches

Taylor, Elyse (1942- )

Born in Boston, MA

Year Exhibited:
1991

Artist Statement:

"Growing" is a project composed of over 735 16x16" mixed media pieces on canvas. My life's personal, spiritual, and political experiences form the common thread unifying this work. "Growing" is a work in progress.

The Woman Artist Series made me think about telling my life story through my artwork. My project "Growing" began after my Women Artist Series exhibitions.

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Mary Teichman, Rear Window, 1978
Color etching

Teichman, Mary*

Years Exhibited:
1988-1989

Education:
BFA, Cooper Union

Artist Statement:

Painting interested Mary Teichman until her second year of college when she was introduced to printmaking techniques, specifically etching. The ability to use color in a painterly fashion while working with the contemplative, indirect, printing process provided an almost instantaneous sense of intrigue. Teichman's color etchings now reflect an expert handling of this difficult color separation process.
(from The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series 1988-1989 (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1988): p. 9)

 

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Robin Tewes, Inanimate Conversation, 1996
Oil on birch, 12 x 14 inches

Tewes, Robin (1950- )

Born in New York
Currently resides in New York

Years Exhibited:
1996

Education:
1978, BFA, Hunter College
2012, MST, Pace University

Collections:
New York Academy of the Arts
Neuberger Berman Museum, NY
Agnes Gund
Beth DeWoody

Website:
http://rtewes.neoimages.net

Artist Statement:

I paint intimately scaled detailed interiors, which at first glance appears ordinary but at closer look, nothing is really what it seems. My paintings are involved with expressing the paradoxical truths and I'm interested in how a narrative moment can tell us about ourselves and our culture. These short stories have psychological and political theory and the characters in my paintings are usually people I know.

My exhibition with the Mary H. Dana Women Series was a fruitful experience. The support and comments I received from the community of people that attended my show was instrumental to the inspiration of many new works. The comment book that was there during the exhibition connected me with many other woman artists and opened new dialogues and connections.

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Carolee Thea, Coda, 1986
Wood and mixed media, 53 x 29 x 13 inches

Thea, Carolee (1947- )

Currently residing in New York

Years Exhibited:
1984

Education:
Skidmore College
BA, Columbia University
1976, MA, Hunter College

Collections:
Hofstra University Museum, NY
Florida International University Museum
Collection of Tom and Jane Shandell

Website:
www.caroleethea.com

Artist Statement:

This exhibition furthered my career and influenced my work in that it provided a venue in which to see and appreciate the work of talented women artists.

Biography:

Carolee Thea is now a writer, advisor, and critic with two published books, On Curating//Interviews with 10 International Curators and foci interviews with 10 international curators. She is currently working on a third book of interviews with curators from Latin America and Asia.

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Nette Forne Thomas, Chained to a Bed of Roses is Still Chained, 2011

Thomas, Nette Forne (1939- )

Born in NC

Years Exhibited:
1980-1981, 1983-1984

Education:
BA, Montclair State College
MAT, Montclair State College

Website:
http://www.exhibitorscoop.com/members/NetteThomas/NetteThomas.html

Artist Statement:

My thematic pieces are commentary on women's roles and societal status. By creating a trompe l'oeol illusion of lace intertwined with female forms and icons I metaphorically allude to the sense of entanglement in this gossamer material and its engulfing quality.

As an emerging artist I felt that being invited to exhibit in the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series was validation of my visibility and recognition as a serious professional artist. To this day I count it as one of my most valued achievements.

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Betty Tompkins, Girl on Girl Painting #4, 2011
Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches

Tompkins, Betty (1945- )

Born in Washintgon, D.C.
Currently resides in PA and NY

Years Exhibited:
1986

Education:
BFA, Syracuse University
BEd, Central Washington State College
MA, Central Washington State College

Collections:
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Website:
http://bettytompkins.com/

Artist Statement:

I am forever grateful to the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series for showing my work. The exposure was wonderful, of course but equally important was the emphasis and reminder about the importance of gender.

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Lois Salmon Toole, Bottoms Up II, 1990
Transparent watercolor, 28 x 21 inches

Toole, Lois Salmon

Born in NJ
Currently resides in OH

Years Exhibited:
1998-1999

Education:
1952, BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University

Collections:
Private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, British Isles, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, and Hong Kong.

Artist Statement:

There are multitudes of approaches to watercolor and as many watermedia choices. My pleasure is the challenge of transparent. Every painting begins life as an abstract layout of broad areas on which to build, whose patterns are arranged and refined into recognizable forms and relationships. Much of my detail is illusionary, created by brush technique and taking advantage of the properties and interaction of the pigments on their support surface. You learn to expect the unexpected and go with the flow. Painting gives me pleasure, cleanses my soul, and releases my inner being.

It was stimulating to be with this group of motivated artistically talented women, who shared the Douglass Experience and to see the range of creativity exhibited by them. It reinforced a conviction I formed at Douglass: that by believing in oneself a woman can excel and successfully compete anywhere, even in the enormously competitive field of visual arts long dominated by men.

Biography:

It was not until after she moved to Chagrin Falls in 1968 and saw what was happening with the medium in Ohio that she began painting exclusively in transparent watercolor. Since 1977 her work has been accepted in 455 juried exhibitions, winning 140 awards, most recently the coveted Master Status in Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She has been honored with Signature Membership in 17 art organizations (from National Watercolor Society, CA to Allied Artists of America, NYC.) Her work is featured in 13 books and publications, and included in private and corporate collections here and abroad. She is listed in "Who's Who in American Art".

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Selena Trieff, Two Clowns Holding Hands, 2006
Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches

Trieff, Selina

Born in Brooklyn, NY

Years Exhibited:
1983, 1984

Education:
Brooklyn College

Artist Statement:

I feel lucky to have been a painter from my early teens, and I am (yes!) still working in my later 70's. I have spent my life in a search, looking at the world and sharing what I see, passing on what I care about to viewers.

Biography:

Born in Brooklyn, NY. Studied art with Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko at Brooklyn College and with Hans Hofmann in NY and Provincetown, MA. Many exhibitions in USA and Europe and is represented by Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, George Billis in NY and Ruth Bachofner in CA.

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Nomi Waksberg, Four Portraits of Frances/Forty Years, 1972-2012
Analog Photograph, digital photograph/archival Epson print, 15.75 x 11.75 inches

Waksberg, Nomi (1946- )

Born in Germany
Currently resides in Hunterdon County, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1972-1973

Education:
BFA, Ohio State University
MFA, Rutgers University

Collections:
Collection of Ivan Chermayeff, NY
Petra Geilsdorfer, Cologne, Germany
Japanese Embassy, Washington, DC

Website:
www.nomiwaksberg.com

Artist Statement:

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." - Edgar Degas
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." - Georgia O'Keeffe
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." - Nomi Waksberg

The Women Artists Series provided me with an opportunity to meet and connect with a number of focused and professional women who were (and are) struggling to find a balance between life, art, humanity, professionalism, ethics.

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Walker, Joy

Years Exhibited:
1998-1999

Artist Statement:

Joy Walker's painting occupies the space between landscape and abstraction. Sea stacks, a collection of surf-rounded rocks, driftwood, fantastic tree forms in the old-growth forest, all delineate curved edges which expose and transform much as the afterwash of waves on a beach become a constantly evolving panorama of interacting arcs.

The captured movement is accentuated with bold colors, highlighting aspects of the captured movement in much the same way that color is applied to NASA photography, electron microscopy or Kirlian photography to elucidate significant relationships in those images.

Biography:

Walker grew up in the Pacific Northwest and moved to NYC in 1983. She has received grants from Change, Inc. and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and residencies from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and The Millay Colony. Her paintings are in museums in Toronto, Hamilton and Winnipeg Canada.

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Kay Walkingstick, Orilla Verde at the Rio Grande
Oil on wood panel, 40 x 80 inches

WalkingStick, Kay (1935- )

Born in Syracuse, NY
Currently resides in Jackson Heights, NY

Years Exhibited:
1974-1975

Education:
1959, BFA, Beaver College (now Arcadia University)
1975, MFA, Pratt Institute

Collections:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, NY
Denver Art Museum, CO
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
AT&T, NJ
College Board Print Collection, NY

Website:
www.kaywalkingstick.com

Artist Statement:

I am a painter of the great American landscape.

Biography:

Kay WalkingStick currently exhibits her work at the June Kelly Gallery in NYC. During her 40 year career she has had 33 one person shows in venues across the US; in addition there have been countless group exhibits of her work in the US, Canada and Europe. Many of her diptych paintings are based on sketches that she has made in her travels while on teaching and lecturing assignments in the American southwest and in Italy.  Her works can be seen in 36 different museum around this country. In addition, the National Museum of Canada in Ottawa, and the National Museum of Israel in Jerusalem, both own a painting by the artist.  WalkingStick will be having a  comprehensive retrospective of her work at the NMAI on the Mall in Wahington DC in 2015. In 2003, WalkingStick was honored as the Distinguished Native American Fine Artist by the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN. The artist is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. The Women's Caucus for Art made her an Honoree at their National Honors Award for Achievement in the Arts, and in 1995, she was awarded a Joan Mitchell Award in Painting. The Richard A. Florsheim Art Fund Award was given to her in 1991, and the NEA awarded her a grant in painting in 1983. She graduated from Beaver College of Arcadia University in 1959, with a BFA in painting. In 1973, she was awarded a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellowship for Women to attend Pratt Institute where she was awarded an MFA in 1975. In 2011, the Pollock-Krasner Fdn. honored her with a Lee Krasner grant for lifetime achievment. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Arcadia University in 2011. You can read about her work in H.R. Jansons's "History of Art "  5th and 6th editions, David Penney"s "Native American Art Masterpieces" and many other books and journals. WalkingStick is a Professor Emerita at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. She now lives and paints in Jackson Heights, Queens with  the artist, Dirk Bach.

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L.A. Watson, A Bird at My Table, 2008
Digital c-print, 45 x 30 inches

Watson, L.A. (1979- )**

Born in Lexington, KY
Currently resides in Frankfort, KY

Years Exhibited:
2010

Education:
BA, University of Kentucky

Website:
http://www.lawatsonart.com/

Artist Statement:

In my work, I attempt to address the inter-related oppression of both women and non-human animals. I am interested in exploring the ways in which women and non-human animal's bodies are commodified and consumed. My work attempts to challenge dominant, human-centered paradigms.

I was thrilled to be included in the Mary H. Dana Women's Artist Series. To be a part of a show that has housed such an amazing breadth of work by so many pioneers in feminist art-making, solidified my determination to continue my artistic practice despite the challenges that come from being geographically detached from the so called "art world."

Biography:

L.A. Watson was born in 1979 in Lexington, Kentucky and has a B.A. in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Kentucky. She currently resides on a farm in Frankfort, Kentucky where she continues to make feminist, animal-rights artwork.

 

**Exhibited under the name Ashley Watson

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June Wayne, Whoopers, 1998
Lithograph, edition of 40, 38 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches
Collaborator: Eileen M. Foti
Image courtesy of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions

Wayne, June (deceased)*

Born in Chicago, IL

Years Exhibited:
2000-2001 Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence

Education:
Cal Tech/Art Center School

Collections:
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

Website:
http://www.junewayne.com/

Biography:

Since her first solo exhibition in 1935 at the age of seventeen, June Wayne has achieved legendary status among twentieth-century American artists. Best known today for her work in and influence on printmaking and fine-art lithography, one of her most renowned achievements was the founding of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1959. Under her direction, this workshop became one of the most important focal points of a general revival of printmaking in the United States-a revival that gave many other famous artists, including Willem de Kooning, Louise Nevelson, and Ed Ruscha, an opportunity to experiment in this format. Her own spectacular prints earned her the estimable title "the incontestable pioneer of contemporary lithography." But Wayne's artistic accomplishments are even richer than that. Throughout her career, she boldly explored a variety of media and aesthetic concepts. She worked in painting, tapestry, film, and video, always pushing the limits of the media to develop new techniques. She created "optical art" long before it had a name and adapted Ben Day dots decades ahead of Pop Art. By the time these styles moved into the mainstream, Wayne was exploring new ideas and forms.
(from http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/acatalog/__June_Wayne_2563.html)

 

*Entry created on behalf of the artist by the IWA

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Debra Weier, Man, 2002

Weier, Debra

Born in West Bend, WI
Currently resides in Princeton, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1998

Education:
1976, BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1978, MA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1979, MFA, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
British Museum, UK
Cooper Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian Institute, NY

Website:
debraweier.com

Artist Statement:

I have long been interested in the mind/body duality and our symbiotic relationship with energy fields around us--how they affect us, and how we help to shape them. It is this invisible world that interests me. I am not really interested in science per se, but in the mystery of the unknown and how it relates to our consciousness, and how our consciousness relates to our health and well-being. I work in more than one medium. Painting, printmaking, books and installation sculpture are my visual forms of communication. Each is influenced by its form. My paintings may look like they are flat and two dimensional from a distance, but their surfaces most often are topographical reliefs. I use these raised surfaces to emphasize forms, create illusions, or to camouflage images and create a secondary composition beneath the primary one.

I am grateful to have been chosen to exhibit with the Women's Artists Series because support, encouragement and an audience from such a selective venue are true gifts.

Biography:

Debra has received awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts three times, and has also served as a panelist for that organization four times, twice in painting, once in graphics, and once for New Jersey museums. Debra has also received a grant through Rutgers Center for Innovative Prints, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (Pyramid Atlantic), an NEA grant (Women's Studio Workshop), and a one year Jerome Foundation Scholarship (Printmaking Workshop in NYC). She won a Public Art Competition through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to build a 25 foot wall mosaic for Chandler Health Center at Robert Wood  Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

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Florence Weisz, Peasce Within Thy Walls, 2007-2009
Alcohol ink and digital collage, 30 x 30 inches

Weisz, Florence (1943- )

Born in Queens, NY
Currently resides in South Orange, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984, 1998-1999

Education:
1963, BFA, Douglass College

Collections:
New Jersey State Museum
Municipality of Be'er Sheva
Port Authority of NY and NJ

Website:
www.FlorenceWeisz.com
www.PresidentialManipulations.com

Artist Statement:

I create my abstract collages using a grid structure, intuitively building square by square until a whole coherent composition is produced. I combine segments of my uniquely poured alcohol ink papers with digital imagery from my own photographs. I balance the organic with the geometric, spontaneity with predetermination.

In that exhibition in 1999 I felt that my artwork was truly seen, understood and validated. I was encouraged to carry on and make more art.

 

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Carol Westfall, Gulf Blues, 2011
Cotton and synthetic fabrics with chalks, acrylics, and mixed media, 30 x 63 inches

Westfall, Carol (1938- )

Born in Everett, PA
Currently resides in Jersey City, NJ

Years Exhibited:
1976-1977

Education:
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

Collections:
Renwick Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Racine Museum of Art, WI
New Jersey State Museum
Angers Museum, France

Artist Statement:

At nine years of age, I discovered I was an artist by building a realistic sculpture in snow.  My life size lady was sitting, smoking a cigarette and contemplating the landscape.  My peers were dumbfounded but none of them more than me. My Dad was a hotel chef, north in the summer and south in the winter so I began to realize at a very early age, that my siblings and I were leading transient lives - always the new skirt or pants in school.  However, this type of living also exposed us to vastly different climates, customs, and peoples. All of these differences registered and invariably played a part in the art I sought to create.  What I made as a resident artist-educator in Japan was vastly different from what I made as a resident artist-educator in India and all of it changed as soon as I returned to my adult roots in New Jersey.

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Linda White, Searching, 2009
Oil on canvas, 41 x 40 inches

White, Linda (1941- )

Born in Long Beach, CA
Currently resides in Newport Beach-Balboa, CA

Years Exhibited:
1973-1974, 1975-1976, 1979-1980

Education:
1961, BA, California State University, Long Beach
1996, MFA, University of Pennsylvania

Website:
lindawhite.net

Artist Statement:

My current painting series tell stories of disaster and chaos at sea.

I want to thank the Mary H. Dana Women's Artist Series for giving me at a young age, the confidence and experience of exhibiting my work as a professional painter.

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Marjean Willett, Rare Birds, 2009
Mixed media, 15 x 22 inches

Willett, Marjean (1924- )

Born in Newton, NJ
Currently resides in Kennett Square, PA

Years Exhibited:
1998-1999

Education:
1945, BS, New Jersey College for Women
1948, BS, Rhode Island School of Design
1956, MS, Columbia University

Collections:
International Monetary Fund, NY
National Institute of Health, MD
Psychiatric Institutes of America

Website:
marjeanwillett.com

Artist Statement:

In the last 40 years I have moved from painting realistic watercolors to doing semi-abstracted work in mixed media. I often start with a completely abstract base and find some degree of subject matter in it. Inner journeys have replaced the travel subjects of the past.

My inclusion in one of the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series reinforced my moving toward more abstract work.

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Ann Williams, Garden Wall, 2012
Gouche, 40 x 48 inches

Williams, Ann (1937- )

Born in NJ
Currently resides in NY

Years Exhibited:
1978-1979

Education:
MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Collections:
The Pfizer Corporation
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Zimmerli Museum of Art, NJ

Website:
www.annwilliamsgardenpaintings.com

Artist Statement:

My recent work is an assembled group of thirty 8 x 8 inches garden paintings in gouache. I believe that the image of many "portraits" of tulips has allowed me to vary the color relationships between figure and ground in order to present the beauty and excitement of an actual garden.

The Exhibition with Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series gave me confidence to continue working and exhibiting in New Jersey. It was very early in my career.

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Jo Yarrington, Glacial Lagoon, Icelend, 2008
Inkjet, 20 x 30 inches

Yarrington, Jo (1950- )

Born in VA
Currently Resides in NY

Years Exhibited:
1994-1995

Education:
BFA, Ohio State University
BAE, Ohio State University MFA, Ohio State University

Collections:
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
National College of Fine Art, India
University of Glasgow, Ireland
Wheaton College, MA

Website:
joyarrington.com

Artist Statement:

My work is based on interdisciplinary explorations in alternative methods of photography through collaborations with scientists, architects, poets, mathematicians and musicians. My interest is in investigating the fully immersive effects of space and light as well as the concepts of perception and liminality. This experiential work ranges from architecturally integrated installations and site specific projects to works on paper, photographs and most recently, books.

My 1995 exhibition, Yes (yes), with the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series and the follow-up 25th Year Retrospective exhibition in 1996, 25 Years of Feminism, 25 Years of Women's Art both were important in my development as an artist. Each invitation to produce a series or select a piece to be shown provided a supportive venue in which to explore more deeply my experiences as a woman.

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Helen Zajkowski, Press-Express, 2005
Found objects, 5 x 8.5 x 8 inches

Zajkowski, Helen (1948- )

Born in Poland
Currently resides in Stamford, CT

Years Exhibited:
1994-1995

Education:
1978, BA, Education, Alvernia College
1990, BFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
1994, MFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Collections:
Special Collections, Artist's Books, Newark Public Library, NJ
Gallery Jag, Pulawy, Poland

Website:
http://www.helenzajkowski.webs.com/

Artist Statement:

Found objects, just like words, when disconnected, have little or no meaning as signifiers. By juxtaposing them in ironic ways, I create a new visual language that calls viewers to a new awareness and a new perception Through my sculptures I deconstruct the universal conception of objects and create a new reality that is charged with irony and humour.

The exhibition at Mary H. Dana Woman Series gave me A BOOST in my creative process and was a confidence-builder .I was honored to exhibit there; it was a starting point of my art career.

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Zak, Tema*

Years Exhibited:
1983-1984

Artist Statement:

The focal point in my paintings is the visual interpretation of landscape. An attempt to incorporate the dynamics of the earth's infrastructure, depicting elements such as stratification, mineral deposits and fault lines. As the stratification of rock reveals the history of the site, the visible layers of my paintings reveal the history of their creation.
(from Representative Works, 1971-1984: Women Artists Series, and Focused Fragments (New Brunswick, NJ: Women Artists Series, 1984): p. 16)

 

*Entry created on behalf of the artist by the IW

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Barbara Zucker, Installation view of Time Sensitive, 2007
Mixed mediums, size variable
Photo credit: Josh White

Zucker, Barbara (1940- )

Born in Philadelphia, PA
Currently resides in Burlington, VT

Years Exhibited:
1973

Education:
BS, University of Michigan
MA, Hunter College

Collections:
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
The Whitney Museum of Art, NY
The Brooklyn Museum, NY

Website:
www.barbarazuckersculptor.com

Artist Statement:

I was influenced by the extraordinary group of artists who participated in series; it was a privilege to be among them. Creating Wicket Wall Piece helped me continue to reinforce humor, the use of aggregation to create scale, and to deal with challenging environments by using empathetic color and materials. I continue to explore the absurdities, passions, and ironies of life.

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Jane Zweibel, Midlife Mermaid #6, 2009
Oil and glitter on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas, 33 x 41 x 12 inches

Zweibel, Jane (1959- )

Currently resides in Brooklyn, NY

Years Exhibited:
1996

Education:
1981, BA, Bennington College
1984, MFA, Columbia University

Website:

www.baangandburne.com/JaneZweibel_5.html
www.janezweibel.com

Artist Statement:

In my studio practice I make paintings, works on paper, and sewn, stuffed and painted canvas sculptural objects that I call "stuffed paintings. A major theme in my work is an on-going exploration of issues of identity, in particular female identity. I use self-portraiture, figuration, and narrative as conduits through which I can express and conceptualize meaning in a chaotic world.

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