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Women's Art Exhibit Opening Reception

February 28, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – The public is invited to an opening reception for the Women's Art Women's Vision 2013 exhibit, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Multicultural Center.

According to Women's Center Director Janine Cavicchia, this is the ninth women's art exhibit sponsored by the Women's Center since it was founded in 1986. The exhibit is held in March in recognition of National Women's History Month. The reception will provide an opportunity for campus and surrounding community members to meet some of the artists whose works will be on display.

"We sought submissions of all mediums from female students, staff, faculty and alumni, as well as women from the community, and we have a nice variety of works and artists," Cavicchia said. The media on display include birch bark and reed, cedar back and reed, photography (digital and film), mixed media, oil on canvas, oil and building material on canvas, pastel, and plaster.

Cavicchia added, "We are always pleased with the diversity and quality of artwork submitted, and we appreciate everyone who has helped with the exhibit, including the WIU Art Gallery for providing easels."

According to Women's Center Office Manager Amelia Hartnett, female artists have been under-represented in the past, not appearing in art history books until the 1980s.

"The purpose of this exhibit is to bring recognition to established artists and to encourage beginning artists to keep pursuing their talents," Hartnett said. "This exhibit provides an opportunity to pay tribute to all of the women throughout history who, because of their gender, were denied admission to art academies, were not acknowledged for their talents and were not included in art history books."

Hartnett added, "It's a very nice exhibit, and the reception will be fun. We hope lots of people will join us or stop by to see the exhibit during its run."

The Women's Art Exhibit Opening Reception will provide an opportunity for attendees to see other artwork in the Multicultural Center, including the Honoring Our Mothers stained glass window and plaque with the names of the donors and honorees in the Women's Center Lounge on the first floor, as well as two sculptures donated in 2010 and 2011 by local artist Constance "Connie" DeMuth Berg in honor of Elizabeth (Betty) Kaspar and Marietta Dean, which are in the Multicultural Center first floor Activity Room.

This year's Women's Art Exhibit participants include:

Students (by county and hometown)

Quincy – Lisa Moran-Cortes, graduate student

Aledo – Linsey Lundeen, sophomore art major

Colchester – Jeannete Brooks-Miller, senior art major

Western Illinois University Employees
Ashley Derry – Library Specialist, Malpass Library
Amelia Hartnett – Office Manager, Women's Center
Joy McQuillan – Instructor, Department of Computer Science

Western Illinois University Alumni
Bushnell, IL – Jennifer Howard, WIU '10, BA in art
Macomb, IL - Nancy Jones, WIU '85, MS in educational & interdisciplinary studies

Macomb Community Members
Sandy Nesbit Tracy – Artist/Writer

For more information, contact the Women's Center at (309) 298-2242 or via e-mail at or visit

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