Women and Art (WomArt) Round Table New York City, New York

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Women and Art (WomArt) Round Table New York City, New York

    Women and Art (WomArt) Round Table Meeting

    ARLIS/NA 2005 Conference , Houston, TX

    Monday, April 04, 2005, 2:30 p.m.


    Susan Clarke, Melanie Cofield, Melanie Emerson, Sarah Falls, Jennifer Hehman, Miguel Juarez, Sara MacDonald, Marilyn Russell, Sharon Wasserman


    Sara MacDonald, Vice-Moderator for 2004, conducted the meeting in place of Sara Harrington, who was unable to attend. Last years’ minutes were read and approved. Everyone introduced

    themselves and a special welcome was extended to three new members, Melanie Cofield, Melanie Emerson, and Sarah Falls. Ms. MacDonald outlined the purpose of the Round Table and led a brief discussion about the continuing need for a group to focuses on Women and Art.


    This year the Women and Art Round Table did not sponsor any session. However, there was a session of related interest entitled Oil Patch to Oil on Canvas: Four Texas Women Collectors.

    Last year the Women and Art Round Table sponsored a similar session entitled: Expanding the

    Canon: Women Collectors and the Arts. Sara MacDonald reminded the group that one of the

    goals of the round table is to sponsor sessions at the annual conference. This gives more exposure to our group, interests potential new members, and brings our issues to the foreground.


    Susan Clarke updated the website, which is

    also accessible through the ARLIS/NA website. It now includes links to Round Table reports and sponsored sessions that reside on the ARLIS/NA website, full text of the Round Table business meeting minute’s from the last five annual conferences, a list of members, instructions for the Womart Listserv, and a webliography of sites related to women and art. Ms. Clarke also intends to continue to build this site with link to members’ art related homepages, such as Mari

    Russell’s website . There is a move

    to have ARLIS/NA host all of the groups web sites, but the group agreed that it would only be good if we can keep control over our content and be able to update regularly.


    Although we have seldom used the listserv, Carole Goldsmith told Susan Clarke that she is still willing to host it. Miguel Juarez suggested most of our correspondence should be over ARLIS-L for better exposure. He also suggested another solution, the setting up of a blog. Melanie Cofield said she could set one up. This will all need further discussion.


    The “archives” of the group are still in question. Sara MacDonald sent all the papers she had to

    Sara Harrington and expected to be getting them back as she becomes current moderator. This transfer of papers was done in the past, but through the years papers were scattered. However, Sharon Wasserman reminded us that the National Women in Art Museum will keep whatever

    archives we can find. Much can be digitized and made available on the website. Ms. Clarke noted that the ARLIS/NA website has put up descriptions of past conference sessions, including those we sponsored.


    In 2004, the group decided to work on bibliographies and webliographies on the topic of women and art. Sara Harrington created a framework entitled Women and Art: Scholarly Print and Electronic Resources on Women Artsts. A copy of the six-page webpage was passed out to the group. Ms. Harrington and other Round Table members have already contributed parts of it. Ms. Harrington will oversee the project and it will eventually be linked to the Woman and Art Round Table Website. Memberscontributions are welcome.

    The structure of the page currently consists of ten large sections: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, ththBaroque, 17 & 18 Century, Modern, Contemporary, African, Asian, and Latin American. Currently two sections have contributions and others are listed as “forthcoming”.

    The Baroque portion was completed by Ruth Wallach, University of Southern California, who aimed at compiling a list of one or two English language materials published on individual artists in the last 30 years. Artists include Mary Beale, Rosalba Carriera, Elisabeth Sophie Cheron, Artemesia Gentileschi, Esther Inglis, Judith Leyster, Maria Sibylla Merian, Louis Moillon, Josefa de Obidos, Clara Peeters, Teresa del Po, Louisa Roldana, Rachel Ruysch, Elisabetta Sirani. Sara Harrington compiled a list of eleven general histories of women artists in the modern era.

    Discussion followed and it was decided that there was a lot of interest in contemporary art and that this could be the focus for the current year. Contemporary art can be broken down in many ways, such as Chicana art, Lesbian art, women photographers, etc. Marilyn Russell already has something on Native American women artists and Miguel Juarez has something on Chicana artists. Mr. Juarez suggested that we contact other divisions and round tables, or university departments who may be specializing in a subject of which women artists is the focus or a substantial part. GLRT, Decorative Arts, etc. were suggested. Melanie Emerson, Sarah Falls, Melanie Cofield were very enthusiastic over what they could do, each one interested in a different aspect of contemporary women artists, and agreed that they would get together.

    Jennifer Hehman discussed the many projects coming out of Indiana related to Indiana women and the arts. She suggested we could compile state by state information as well.

    Susan Clarke’s categorized and annotated list of online resources is currently on the Womart website. It includes links to related listservs, news/discussion sites, organizations, museum and libraries, comprehensive women artists, architects, photographers, and individual women artists. This, too, is a work in progress and suggestions are most welcome.

    Sharon Wasserman passed around a WAAND brochure, detailing the database of women artists that the National Museum of Women and Art is compiling. It will be launched next year, a free and invaluable source for researchers.


    Jennifer Hehman told us that Update columns are now going to be digitized. She is interested in putting up any columns that are of interest to our group.


    The group returned to the question about why we still need to focus on women and art. Do we still need to exist as a group? Why? Why not? Sarah Falls suggested that this could be a good theme for a session and it could generate interest in the group. She stated the need for feminist scholarship and renewed feminist interest in the arts in the younger generation.

    Melanie Cofield expressed an interest in the issue of gender differences and the trends in digitization. How is it affecting women’s roles as arts librarians? Jennifer Hehman brought up

    the subject of women as art programmers and increasingly as subjects of digital games. Is there a divide because these tend to be male dominated fields? Discussion followed.

    Sara MacDonald reminded us that initial proposals are due May 15. Anyone can propose a session. The idea has to be clear, but the details do not have to be worked out. Speakers receive only a small stipend. Also, it is thought of as an opportunity for Arlis members to get a chance to present. Miguel Juarez encouraged interested potential moderators to put the word out over ARLIS/L. That many people will answer and help.


    Sara MacDonald is the incoming Round Table Moderator for 2005-2006. Melanie Emerson volunteered to be Vice-Moderator and was accepted. She will serve as Moderator for 2006-2007.

    Minutes submitted by Susan Clarke

    April 13, 2005


Clarke, Susan

    DePaul University Chicago, IL

Cofield, Melanie

    University of Texas School of Information Austin, TX

Emerson, Melanie

    Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library and Archives

    Detroit, MI

Falls, Sarah

    University of Richmond, VA Richmond, VA

Hehman, Jennifer

    Indiana University Indianapolis, IN

Juarez, Miguel

    Center for Creative Photography

    University of Arizona Tucson, AZ

MacDonald, Sara

    University of the Arts Philadelpia, PA

Russell, Mari

    Institute of American Indian Arts

    Santa Fe, NM

Wasserman, Sharon

    National Museum of Women in the Arts

    Washington, DC

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