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This exhibition of contemporary feminist art will be held in conjunction with several Women's Studies Consortium co-sponsored events to be hosted at the UW-Madison Pyle Center in April 2007. The events annually provide forums for the exchange of ideas about the theory and practice of Women's Studies and Gender Studies teaching, scholarship, and activism, and provide the opportunity make visible the important work that continues to transform higher education in Wisconsin. This year these exchanges are extended to acknowledge the visual arts as a site of critical thinking and cultural critique.
This exhibition is also being planned to initiate a Midwestern connection to the multi-year national Feminist Art Project http://feministartproject.rutgers.edu/ featuring activities and exhibitions that celebrate women's contributions to the arts and the Feminist Art Movement. Feminism has had a significant impact on contemporary art practice internationally. This project aims to document and highlight this influence in the cultural record: past, present, and future. This exhibition is part of the nation wide effort to acknowledge and commemorate historic anniversaries in the American Women's Art Movement of the 70's and to launch new initiatives that demonstrate the ongoing significance of women's contributions to art.
We invite artists (student submissions are welcome too) to submit proposals to share their art on the range of subjects that recognize the complexity of women's experiences, and that acknowledge the contributions of women to the arts: past, present and future. We will welcome art submissions that explore connectivity and intersection of issues and identities that have proved significant in feminism's past and present, such as those of race, ethnicity, nationality, class, age, ability status, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. It is also our hope that the artworks included in the exhibition will provide multiple opportunities to contemplate artists' responses to and visions for addressing the intersection of gender and other axes of difference in a way that shows how the theory and practice of art can be a part of feminist anti-oppression work.