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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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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.

Early Chicago Women Artists:
A Video Exhibit Created by the Illinois Women Artists Project
June 3, 2013 – July 8, 2013
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street

Early Chicago Women Artists highlights the achievements of early women artists who lived and worked in Chicago between 1840 and 1940. They used their creativity to make art, raise their children, establish community organizations, and to teach and run businesses.

A solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Chicago artist Joyce Owens runs May 11 through June 28 at the Contemporary Art Center, Preston Jackson Gallery, Peoria, IL. Opening reception May 11, 6:30-8:30. Joyce returns to Peoria this fall to lead a panel at the Midwest Women Artists symposium at Bradley University, November 7-8.