Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series: 2004-2005 Exhibits


Joan Snyder. Front cover from the "Re:Generation" catalog.
Copyright 2005 Joan Snyder.

Molly Snyder-Fink. Back cover from the "Re:Generation" catalog.
Copyright 2005 Molly Snyder-Fink.

October 21, 2005
Mabel Smith Douglass Library
8 Chapel Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Exhibition Opening for Re:Generation
The Estelle Lebowitz Artist-in-Residence Lecture

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series invites you to the opening of "Re:Generation" co-curated by Molly Snyder-Fink and Joan Snyder. This exhibition features a diverse array of emerging contemporary women artists working in a variety of media. The opening reception will include the Estelle Lebowitz Artist-in-Residence lecture by Molly Snyder-Fink.

This exhibition will run from October 21, 2005 through January 15, 2006.

Artists on The Edge: Douglass College and the Rutgers MFA

Frances Kuehn. Turning the Stone. 2003. Acrylic on Canvas. 56" x 36.5"

Eleven artists who learned as Rutgers students that anything might be used to make art, and who went on to demonstrate as much in their own careers, will exhibit selected works at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library, on the Douglass College campus, from March 9 to June 6.

Their professors included such icons of the avant garde as Roy Lichtenstein, one of the original Pop Artists; Allan Kaprow, the creator of the "happening"; Robert Watts, George Segal, Geoffrey Hendricks, John Goodyear and others.

The artists, 10 women and a man, all studied on the Douglass College campus between 1959 and 1972. They were influenced by the Fluxus movement, which challenged the conventional definition of art, embraced social and political activism, and celebrated anarchistic change. They created art from such materials as scavenged posters, newspapers, clothing or the artists' own bodies.

Twenty-four works have been selected for the exhibition. Some date from the artists' student days; others are quite recent. They include painting, sculpture, photography and video, and include such objects as a bra and a hanger.

The professors, still young themselves, and still forming themselves as artists, took their students with them on their artistic journeys. They often exhibited in New York City galleries, and took pains to expose their students to those galleries and the city's museums.

Several of the artists received their undergraduate education at Douglass College, and others took part in the Rutgers master of fine arts program, which was located at Douglass. Alice Aycock, DC '68 and an eminent sculptor, has said that Douglass "was the best piece of luck that ever, ever happened. I will always say that."

The artists whose work will be shown in the exhibition, are Aycock, Loretta Dunkelman, Frances Kuehn, Linda Lindroth, Marion Munk, Rita Myers, Mimi Smith, Joan Snyder, Keith Sonnier, Ann Tsubota and Jackie Winsor.

[8 more images available here.]

Anarchy and Form: The Works of Miriam Schapiro

Marooned, (2001, photo reproduction, fabric, acrylic and paper on paper), by Miriam Schapiro.

This exhibition, a retrospective of Ms. Schapiro's works, will run from November 10, 2004 through February 18, 2005 at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library.

Miriam Schapiro received her BA in 1945, MA in 1946 and M.F.A. in 1949 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She is 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 the Pattern & Decoration Movement. Schapiro first exhibited in the Women Artists Series in 1974.

Ms. Schapiro has received many honors and awards including The National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Grant, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Skowhegan Medal for Collage and the Rockefeller Foundation Grant for Artists Residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy. She has been honored by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Women’s Caucus for Art, New York NARA and recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Art Association.

Her work appears in numerous museum collections in the United States, Germany, Australia and Israel including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; The Brooklyn Museum, NYC; The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Orlando Museum, Orlando FL; the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, CA; Leusiana Museum, Denmark; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; The Israel Museum, Tel Aviv.