“Women in the Arts Foundation, Inc. 71-21: Celebrate Five Decades of WIA 50th Anniversary Exhibit”

Ceres Gallery

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Women In the Arts Foundation, presents an intergenerational, multidisciplinary exhibition of 46 artists’ dynamic visions. This exhibition celebrates 50 years of WIA members, past and present, of art and activism working to overcome discrimination against women artists, and to promote their accomplishments. We are proud to have the work of our founding Executive Cordinatators Ce Roser and Joyce Weinstein in the exhibit along with other founding members.

Exhibiting Artists:
Carole Barlowe, Deborah Beck, Kyra Belan, Michele Benjamin, Alli Berman, Marcia Bernstein, Louise Bourgeois, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Karin Bruckner, Erin Butler, Linda Butti, Hilda Green Demsky, Sari Dienes, Deborah Dorsey, Liz Ehrlichman, Mary Frank, Sharon Florin, Maria Formoso, Dorothy Gillespie, Myrna Harrison-Changar, Pamela Hawkins, Marilyn Herbst, Karen L. Kirshner, Helen Levin, Muriel Magenta, Margo Mead, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Martha Nicholson, Joan M. O’Brien, Pat Passlof, Nancy Quin, Jacqueline Sferra Rada, Mary Alice Ramsey, Ce Roser, Beatrice Rubel,Barbara Rae Schaefer, Marie Schepis, Dee Shapiro, May Stevens, Amy Supton, Helaine Soller, Tobey Soller, Judith Van Camp, Cindy Walton, Joyce Weinstein (italic type indicates founding members)

WIA is dedicated to the egalitarian principals of inclusion building a “community” of women artists in non-juried membership and exhibits. Our membership includes artists exhibiting nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, corporation, universities and colleges. Their work is in numerous public and private collections including museum and corporate collections. In the Fall of 2021 WIA will present the Dorothy M. Gillespie Speakers Series sponsored by the Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation.

Formed in 1971, WIA Foundation was a seminal force in American Art during the 70’s. Throughout its history, WIA has proven to be innovative and creative in its work to change attitudes of the museum and gallery systems, the jurying of exhibitions, and the minimal inclusion of women’s art. We took action, gathered statistics, testified in Washington DC, met with museum directors and curators and protested for equality. WIA sponsored exhibits include: Women Choose Women NY- Cultural Center, Works on Paper Womens’ Work-the Brooklyn Museum, and Women In the Arts Artists Choice -a traveling exhibit. Exhibits were curated by Linda Nochlin, Dore Ashton, Linda Shearer and Lucy Lippard. In the 70’s-80’s WIA ran its own gallery, Women In the Arts Gallery on Broome Street in SoHo, N.Y. Today WIA actively promotes the professionalism, strength and broad reaching creativity of women’s art. WIA documents are included in the Archives of American Art 1971-1979.

Helaine Soller has been WIA’s Executive Coordinator since 2011 and A WIA member since 1976. She holds degrees from Pratt Institute (BFA) and Queens College (MS). Soller is a curator, educator and corporate art director and has shown her artwork in numerous solo, national and international exhibits.

Women In the Arts Foundation, Inc. wishes to thank Cheim & Read Gallery, Mary Ryan Gallery, Dorothy M.Gillespie Foundation, Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, and the Sari Dienes Foundation, for their support of this exhibit, and the Ceres Gallery director Stefany Benson and president Susan Grabel and their gallery members for making this exhibit possible. Last but most important are all the members of the WIA Coordinating Board, WIA Exhibition Committee (see the WIA Slide show on facebook and instagram),WIA exhibitors, and exhibits Co-Curator Marie Schepis, along with special thanks to Tobey Soller graphic designer and Michele Benjamin jewelry designer.



from June 22, 2021 to July 27, 2021

Opening Reception on 2021-06-24 from 18:00 to 20:00

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