This blog post comes from Kirsten Williamson. Williamson is a senior Studio Art and Film & Media Studies double-major at the University of Rochester, Editor in Chief of LOGOS Art & Literature Journal and Secretary of the Art & Art History Undergraduate Council. In her spare time, she is also one of three SBAI student office assistants.
Held once a year, the Susan B. Anthony Institute’s (en)Gendered Art Exhibit is an important staple within the art community at the University of Rochester. This year’s show is entitled In Labor: Gendering (Re)Production and ushers in new possibilities for submissions.
In Women’s Studies classes we often discuss the undeserved stigma around identifying with the term “feminist.” Similarly, I think many artists on campus do not submit to this show for fear that their work is not “feminist” in nature. At its core, a feminist is simply someone who believes that women should have equal rights in all areas, including political, social, and economic opportunities. With the exhibit’s new theme there are a variety of interpretations and ideas to explore. Art submissions could be about labor movements, women’s health and reproduction, parenthood, sex and gender as it relates to employment, public policy, sexuality and technology, or “artistic/intellectual/physical production,” as the (en)Gendered entry form denotes.
As an artist, it is refreshing to be able to enter a juried exhibition without an entry fee and to have so much freedom regarding the medium of the work. Printmaking, video, drawing, sculpture, painting, digital art – feel free to submit all types of visual art! All University of Rochester undergraduate students are encouraged to submit regardless of major. If you are worried that your work will not fit in with the theme, do not hesitate to talk to your professors and bounce ideas off of your classmates. Do not let the term “feminist art” throw you off; the show’s topic is broad and there are so many ways to incorporate these themes in your work.
The (en)Gendered exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to show your art work to a larger audience and reflect on important topics. Who knows, you may even win one of three $150 prizes! Submissions are due on Monday, December 10th, 2012 at Sage Art Center. The opening reception and gallery talk is also in Sage on Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 5pm. Winners of the exhibition will have their work shown from January 23rd, 2013 – February 27th, 2013.