Exhibits: Mary H. Dana
Women Artists Series
History of the Series
The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series
The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series (DWAS), founded by Joan Snyder and established at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library in 1971, is the oldest continuous running exhibition space in the United States dedicated to making visible the work of emerging and established contemporary women artists. Formerly known as the Women Artists Series, in 1987 the Series was renamed in memory of Mary H. Dana, (Douglass College [DC], Class of 1942), by her friend, Professor Emeritus Nelle Smithers. The Series was initiated upon the suggestion of alumna artist Joan Snyder (DC, 1962), to Library Director Daisy Brightenback Shenholm (DC, 1944), who responded enthusiastically, and appointed the Series' first coordinator, Lynn F. Miller. During the Series' first twenty-five years, close to 200 artists, both acclaimed and emerging, have exhibited in the Douglass Library lobby gallery space and under the direction of other former coordinators Evelyn Apgar (DC, 1969), Beryl Smith (DC, 1982), Bonnie Goldstein, Karen McGruder, Elsa Bruguier, and Marianne Ficarra (DC, 1988). Dr. Ferris Olin (DC, 1970), Founding Head of the Margery Somers Foster Center/Rutgers University Libraries, served as the Series' curator until 1994. In 2004, with Ferris Olin, Joseph Consoli and Sara Harrington were appointed co-curators of the Series. From fall 2006 until spring 2014, the Series was co-curated by Ferris Olin and Distinguished Professor Emerita Judith K. Brodsky, Founding Director of the Brodsky Center/Mason Gross School of the Arts. Olin and Brodsky are also the founding co-directors of the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers. Since 2006, the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series has been a program of the Institute for Women and Art in partnership with the Rutgers University Libraries.
The Institute for Women and Art
The mission of the Institute for Women and Art (IWA) is to transform values, policies, and institutions, ensuring that the intellectual and aesthetic contributions of diverse communities of women in the visual arts are included in the cultural mainstream and acknowledged in the historical record. To accomplish this goal, the IWA invents, implements, and conducts live and virtual education, research, documentation, public programs, and exhibitions focused on women artists and feminist art. The IWA serves all women in the visual arts, and diverse university, national, and global audiences.
The IWA is a center of the Office of the Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Rutgers University and a consortium member of the Institute for Women's Leadership (http://iwl.rutgers.edu/). IWA exhibitions and events are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The IWA is dedicated to affording complete access to all and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment, programming or accessing IWA resources. IWA makes every effort to accommodate requests for services in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as required by Section 35.107 of the U.S. Department of Justice regulations, and to coordinate compliance with Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Upon request and with due notice, the IWA will attempt to make additional accommodations as needed unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship.
Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist-in-Residence Lectureship; IWA Exhibition Series; The Feminist Art Project (TFAP); Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series; Miriam Schapiro Archives; On-Line Education Women Artists Archive National Directory (WAAND); Visiting Scholars