Transforming Midwest Culture and Society: Women Artists, 1960s to 1980s


The symposium is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. It is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the Eugene & Harriet Swager Fund for Public Art and the Taylor & Corinne French Fund/Fine Arts.

NOVEMBER 2 & 3, 2017

Symposium Schedule

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2017. Panel discussion and Keynote lecture in Caterpillar Global Communications Center, Room 126/Horowitz Auditorium

1:00-3:00 pm Visit exhibits dedicated to women in the arts at locations around Peoria in Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

2:30-3:00 pm Registration in Caterpillar Global Communications Center outside the Horowitz Auditorium.

3:00 pm Welcome

3:10 pm Panel Discussion "New Directions and Ideas" led by Jane Gilmor, with Barbara Ciurej, Jane Stevens, and Sandra Menefee Taylor

5:00 pm Keynote Address Lynne Warren, Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, will give the Keynote Address, "A Stir of Voices"

6:00-7:00 pm Exhibition viewing in Heuser and Hartmann galleries

6:15-7:00 pm Reception for the exhibitions at the Hartmann Gallery

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2017 all sessions in the Peplow Pavilion on the third floor of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.

8:00-8:30 am Registration

8:30-8:45 am Welcome

8:45-10:15 am Panel Discussion "Social and Cultural Impact of Women Artists" led by Christine Rojek, with Arlene Turner Crawford, Joanna Gardner-Huggett, Lindsay Lochman and Fern Shaffer

10:15-10:35 am Break

10:35-11:05 am Presentation "Women of the Community Mural Movement" by Rebecca Zorach

11:10-11:40 am Presentation "Out of Orchard" by Eleanor Spiess-Ferris

11:40 am-noon Discussion

12:00-12:45 pm Lunch box lunches available for pre-order with symposium registration

12:45-2:15 pm Panel Discussion "Writing About Art" led by Barbara Jaffee, with Susan Snodgrass and Freida High W. Tesfagiorgis; with Joanna Frueh by Skype

2:15-2:35 pm Break

2:35-3:05 pm Presentation "Clare Smith and the Influence of Atelier 17 on Printmaking in Illinois" by Gregory Gilbert

3:10-3:40 pm Presentation "Photographer and Activist Diana Solís: Documenting Mexican and Chicana/o Chicago, 1970s - 1980s" by Hinda Seif with Diana Solís

3:40-4:00 pm Discussion

4:00 pm Closing Remarks


On Thursday, parking is available in the Duryea Street Parking Deck; short term parking may be available in the Visitor Lot across from the Caterpillar Global Communications Center. On Friday, parking is available in the Main Street Parking Deck and along Main Street. Please see the campus map. Thursday sessions will be held in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center and Friday sessions will be held in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, the addition to Bradley Hall.