How to Be a Feminist Artist:
Investigations by Alumnae of the Women’s Art Institute
Curated by: Elizabeth Erickson and Patricia Olson
February 3 – March 23, 2014
Featured Artists: Carolyn Halliday, Karen Wilcox, Laurie Phillips, Sarah Kass, Nicole Drilling, Paige Tighe, Hend al–Mansour, Rachel Breen, Camille Gage, Anna Garski, Kat Corrigan
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All Events are Free and Open to the Public
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 8, 6 – 8 p.m.
Featuring a performance by Rachel Breen: The Bank of Our Commonwealth
1st Floor, Visual Arts Building, St. Catherine University, St. Paul Campus
How to Be a Feminist Artist: Investigations from the Women’s Art Institute is based on a book–in–progress of the same name being written by Patricia Olson and Elizabeth Erickson about the innovative pedagogy and transformative vision of the Women’s Art Institute.
Through artwork and interviews, this exhibition reveals what is on the minds of women artists working today. Curators Olson and Erickson present the depth and range of contempory women artists as they struggle to understand and connect with their studio process, their audience and community, history and theory.
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 27, 7 p.m.
Laurie Phillips with Rebecca Anderson will present
Trauma Transformed: Images and Stories from “Suicide Survivors’ Club”
Lecture Hall (Room 102), Visual Arts Building, St. Catherine University, St. Paul Campus.
Rebecca Anderson, trained as a nurse and a public-health educator, lost her husband to suicide in 2002. As part of her recovery from the deep trauma of this loss, she worked with artist and personal coach Laurie Phillips to tell the story of her struggle to understand her husband’s act and to parent two young sons and a college-age daughter through the aftermath of their father’s death. Phillips translated Anderson’s shifting emotional states into text-and-image works—under the general title “Suicide Survivors’ Club”—that are angry, sad, colorful, funny, and hopeful.
Anderson will discuss how art and narrative aided her recovery, and how it could work as powerful therapy in the lives of other post-traumatic people. Phillips will describe her artistic process: how she discovered ways to turn an emotionally devastating, seemingly nonsensical event into a coherent story that, along with pain, brought moments of happiness and self-discovery.