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Women's History events…

San Antonio College will mark its 21st Women’s History Week with exhibits and lectures ranging from art in the 20th century to the struggle of women in the workplace, to the status of women in the Mideast.

Women's History events in March

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 Women's History Events in March 

San Antonio College will mark its 21st Women’s History Week with exhibits and lectures ranging from art in the 20th century to the struggle of women in the workplace, to the status of women in the Mideast.

The free events encompass three days, March 4th, 6th and 7th.

For more information, contact Professor Carol Britt,

Monday, March 4, 2013
Visual Arts Center, Room 120
10 a.m.

Women of the Armory Show

Marleen Hoover, Department of Fine Arts, San Antonio College
February-March 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the famous Armory Show, the first full exhibition that brought modern art to American shores.  Of the 300 internationally famous artists who were selected for exhibition, only 45 were women.  Of those 45 women, some were well known in the United States for their previous participation in the Columbia World's Exhibition in Chicago in 1893, others were known for their ongoing book and magazine illustrations, and still others for their associations with various famous male artists. 
The only female participating artist whose name will be familiar to many is Mary Cassatt.  Who were the other female artists and why have their names and works of art been forgotten? 
This presentation will present that list of artists, some of their biographies and works of art (particularly those that overlap with the Chicago Exhibition and as print-makers).  Questions will be posed about their fame or non-fame, vis-á-vis women's status as artists coming out of the Victorian era and into the 20th century as well as issues related to the beginning of Modernism in visual art.

11 a.m. 
The Importance and Struggles of Researching Women in the History of Art Education: Volunteer Docents from the Junior League
Elizabeth Roath, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
This proposal explores the 1941 docent-training course for members of the Junior League held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The research focuses on understanding what place this philanthropic organization held in the American art museum at that time.  The paper concludes with a reflection on the difficulties and hardships that accompany conducting historical research into the women of art education including non-traditional forms of historical documentation. It questions the problem of investigating the lives of women by traditional historical methods and calls for action to be taken by historians today.

H. Jennings Sheffield and Gissette Padilla, artists
Artists Sheffield and Padilla explore aspects of memory in their artwork in a complementary manner that reflects stages of awareness from childhood to womanhood.

Art Exhibit Reception
Visual Arts Center Gallery – upper level
1 p.m.

"Tethered," H. Jennings Sheffield
“Recent Works,” Gissette Padilla,
Exhibition dates: Jan. 22-March 27, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Visual Arts Center, Room 120

10 a.m.
Asslan Khaligh, Department of Political Science, SAC
“The Changing Status of Women in the Middle East and Beyond”

11 a.m.
Sarwat Husain, founding president of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Women and Islam

Thursday, March 7, 2013
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Loftin Student Center, Fiesta Room

Speaker from Fuerza Unida, Spanish for “United Strength.”  The group is composed of all women who lost their jobs when the Levi Strauss plant shut down in the early 1990s, most of whom at that time were in their 60s.  They banded together and decided to form a sewing cooperative, El Hilo de La Justicia, Spanish for “threads of justice."  Eventually, they formed a company: Fuerza Unida, Spanish for “United Strength.”   They now design their own line of clothing, jeans and other one-of-a-kind clothing as well as sewing some really surprising items (like recycling convention banners to use for tote bags and guayaberas shirts for men and women).  Their cause for justice range from the environment to creating awareness of women in the work place.  

Fashion Show of designs from Fuerza Unida members