Welcome to the Illinois Women Artists Project, a unique gathering place to recognize and appreciate the work and experiences of Illinois women artists from the past.

We invite you to read the artists’ stories, search the Illinois Women Artists database, view our online exhibit, design an exhibit of your own, review our programming ideas, take a class—and learn more about art, history, women, and Illinois.

Join us. The Illinois Women Artists Project offers an opportunity for you to become a historian and help document our creative past.


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New book by Jane Stevens, Chicago photographer, curator, and art educator.

The book explores Ellen's thirty-five year artistic journey to develop her own unique vision and voice. Through her artistic process, Ellen explores personal experiences and confronts struggles. Intuitively working through personal themes, she faces pain, suffering and health problems. Her use of imagery, vivid color and line transforms the physical and psychological wounds into fascinating journeys into another world for her audience.

Preview the book at: http://www.blurb.com/b/5720044-from-dark-to-light-with-humor.

More about Jane Stevens at her website: http://www.janestevens.com

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois honored the director of the Illinois Women Artists Project for her noteworthy contributions to the arts in central Illinois and beyond.

Beautiful Things: Still Life Paintings by American Women 1880-1940

Olivet College, Michigan, Jan 16-Feb 14

"These works are a testament to the enduring legacy of our American women," says curator Edward P. Bentley. Scarcely recognized in their day, the painters are gaining wider recognition today due, in part, to collectors and museums dusting off their archives and finding an appreciative audience. The exhibition features still life paintings from more than 30 artists, including nine who studied and worked in Illinois.