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Illinois Women Artist: The New Millennium

  • May 17 - June 22, 2001
  • Reception: Saturday, May 19 from 4 - 6 p.m. Art Gallery
  • Symposium: Different Voices Saturday, May 19 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Parkland Theater

From May 17 to June 22, 2001 Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, will present art works by 50 Illinois Women that were chosen in a special juried competition sponsored by the Illinois Committee for the competition sponsored by the Illinois Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This exhibition is entitled Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium. This show is dedicated to the memory Hollis Sigler, whose work is in the exhibit.

There will be a reception for the public and the artists at Parkland on Saturday, May 19, from 4 - 6 p.m. That reception will be preceded by a symposium, also pen to the public featuring artists Riva Lehrer, UIUC faculty member Cecilia Allen, Parkland faculty member Peggy Shaw and artist Sandra Ahten. The panel discussion will be moderated by Sylvia Arnstein, artist and secretary of the Illinois Committee for National Museum of Women in the Arts. This symposium will take place in the Parkland Theater from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

This exhibit is the result of an open call to all women artists in Illinois to enter a two-tiered blind-juried competition that was limited to two-dimensional work and small sculpture. Over 1200 slides were submitted and judged by a total of six jurors around the state. Ninety-nine works of art were then sent to Chicago to be judged by Final Juror Clare Henry, Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and art critic for the Glasgow (Scotland) Herald. The end result is an exhibition of work by 50 Illinois women artist from across the state of Illinois, including local artists, Jane Frey, Jamie Kruidenier, Kit Moriseand, Cindy Smith and Naomi Sugino.

Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium had its first showing in Chicago from April through July 1999. It then traveled to Washington, D.C. For a three month exhibition at the National Museum for Women in the Arts before returning to Illinois where it was on exhibit in Peoria, Normal, Springfield, and Rockford. The final venue for the exhibit will be in Quincy at the Quincy Art Center from July 13 - August 17, 2001.

A 27-minute documentary on Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium was produced and directed by Shule Eshel, of Shule Eshel Productions of Chicago. This documentary can be seen on Parkland College Educational Television (PCETV) during the months of April and May. The documentary gives an inside look at the exhibition, including interviews with Clare Henry and visits to nine artists’ studios. Local artist Cindy Smith, Mahomet, is one of the nine artist featured in the video.

Participating artists:

Angela Altenhorn, Barbara Blades, Sharon Bladholm, Deborah Boardman, Sarah Capps, Mary Ellen Croteau, Jan Dean, Mary Dritschel, Kathleen Eaton, Gail Elwell, Jane Frey, Debra Grall, Annelies Heijnen, Nancy Hild, Leslie Hirshfield, Pearl Hirshfield, Cheryl Hoz, Cheonae Kim, Jamie Kuidenier, Riva Lehrer, Carla Markwart, Geraldine McCullough, Sandy Meyer, Marlene Miller, Kit Morice, Gladys Nilsson, Valia Oliver, Erin Palmer, Laurel Jensen Paul, Barbara Pihos, Claire Prussian, Judith Roth, Jeanine Coupe Ryding, Barbara Santucci, Davida Schulman, Debora L. Seno, Katherine Shaughnessy, Hollis Sigler, Cindy Smith, Helene Smith-Romer, Eleanor Spiess Ferris, Evelyn Statsinger, Sue Stotlar, Naomi Sugino, Maggie Thienemann, Barbara P. Tuch, Laura Wasilowski, Rebecca Wolfram, Sigrid Wonsi, Betsy Youngquist.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


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