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SYMPOSIUM

MIDWEST WOMEN ARTISTS 1940-1960
DISCOVERING THEIR WORK, TELLING THEIR STORIES, LEARNING FROM THE PAST

OCTOBER 22 & 23, 2015
BRADLEY UNIVERSITY
PEORIA, ILLINOIS

Symposium Schedule

THURSDAY OCTOBER 22
1:00-4:30 Tour the Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists 1940-1960 exhibition at Peoria Riverfront Museum; Send a Postcard to Barbara exhibition at the Prairie Center of the Arts; and ME, an exhibition of self-portraits by central Illinois women artists at the Studios on Sheridan Gallery. Tour times to be announced.

5:00 Robert Cozzolino, PhD, will give the Keynote Address at the Caterpillar Global Communications Center on the Bradley campus.

6:00-7:00 Reception and tour of the exhibition Marginalized by Gerda Meyer Bernstein at the Hartmann Gallery. The artist will be at the gallery.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23
Morning and afternoon sessions will be held in the Peplow Pavilion in the Alumni Center on the Bradley University campus.

8-8:30 Registration and coffee and tea

8:30-8:45 Welcome

8:45-9:15 Presentation: Jane Stevens

9:15-9:45 Presentation: Mary Lenzini

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:30 Panel: Living Legacy

11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:15 Panel: The Impact of the WPA's Fine Arts Project on Midwest Women Artists

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:00 Presentation: Mary Caroline Simpson

3:00-3:30 Presentation: Jennifer Jaskowiak

3:30-3:45 Closing Remarks


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

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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

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