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.


The 2017 MIDWEST WOMEN ARTISTS SYMPOSIUM will be held November 2 - 3 on the Bradley University campus. See the Symposium heading above for information.

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Panelist artist Eleanor Spiess-Ferris with Janet Kelley at the 2015 Symposium
Artist Linda Kramer with her monoprint from 1959 titled Self-Portrait at the Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960 held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum October 17, 2015 - January 17, 2016.
Panel discussing the impact of the WPA on the work of women artists in the midwest. Panel leader Joanna Gardner-Huggett, Associate Professor of Art History and Department Chair at DePaul University. Panelists are: Gregory Gilbert, Professor of Art History and Director of the Art History Program at Knox College; Melanie Herzog, Professor of Art History at Edgewood College in Madison; Lara Kuykendall, Assistant Professor of Art History at Ball State University; Rebecca Zorach, Mary Jane Crowe Professor of Art History at Northwestern University