Committee on Women in the Arts
The Committee on Women in the Arts promotes the scholarly study and recognition of the contributions by women to the visual arts; advocates feminist scholarship and activism in art; develops partnerships with organizations with compatible missions; monitors the status of women in the visual-arts professions; and researches and provides historic and current resources on feminist issues.
The Committee on Women in the Arts is currently researching useful published studies, both on paper and online, on the status of women in the arts; working with CAA to analyze the status of women in through CAA questionnaires and database; and collaborating with CAA affiliated societies such as ArtTable, the Feminist Art Project, and the Women’s Caucus for Art (whose memberships often overlap membership). The committee is also collaborating with other CAA committees—Diversity Practices, Education, and Student and Emerging Professionals—for the CAA Centennial celebration in 2011, while also pursuing ideas of its own, such as holding an exhibition or symposium in New York that will trace the history of women in the garment industry (which will commemorate the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire). Research for funding sources for women in the arts is also an ongoing project.
Each month, the commmittee presents a selection of exhibitions, conferences, symposia, panels, lectures, and other events related to feminist art and scholarship for the CWA Picks.
Annual Recognition Awards
From 1996 to 2008, the Committee on Women in the Arts presented Annual Recognition Awards at a ceremony during the CAA Annual Conference. At its October 2007 meeting, the CAA Board of Directors voted to establish a twelfth Award for Distinction, the Distinguished Feminist Award, which honors a person who, through his or her art, scholarship, or advocacy, has advanced the cause of equality for women in the arts. The Distinguished Feminist Award replaces the committee’s Annual Recognition Award.
Survey on the Status of Women and People of Color in Art-History Faculty
The Survey on the Status of Women and People of Color in Art-History Faculty was prepared by the Committee on Women in the Arts, chaired by Kathleen MacQueen and Marjorie Och, April 1996–April 1998.
Claudia Sbrissa, St. John’s University, Chair (2015)
Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, El Museo del Barrio (2016)
Temma Balducci, Arkansas State University (2015)
Melissa Dabakis, Kenyon College (2015)
Wanda Ewing, University of Nebraska, Omaha (2014)
Jonathan D. Katz, University at Buffalo (2016)
Vanessa Jalet, CAA Staff Liaison (ex officio)
Patricia Mathews, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, CAA Board Liaison (ex officio)
Kalliopi Minioudaki, Independent Curator and Art Historian, New York (2015)
Donna Moran, Pratt Institute (2014)
Margaret Murphy, Independent Artist and Curator, Jersey City (2015)
Neysa Page-Lieberman, Columbia College Chicago (2016)
Sarah Schuster, Oberlin College (2015)