Chicago is well known for nurturing the careers of women artists since the late nineteenth century, yet they continued to found separatist exhibitions to promote visibility and sales of their artwork. This lecture will provide a history of several of these organizations and collectives, including the Palette Club (1880–c.1895), Women Artists’ Salon of Chicago (1937–1953), Artemisia Gallery (1973–2003), ARC Gallery (1973–present), Sapphire and Crystals (1986–present), and Woman Made Gallery (1992–present).
Join artist Lynn Basa on an informal tour of public art from inside the Loop to outside the mainstream, answering along the way, how did this get here? This lecture is presented as part of Art Design Chicago, a yearlong celebration of the city’s art and design legacy.
Chicago's art history reflects, in many ways, the character of its neighborhoods. Artists, collectors, and exhibiting institutions lived and worked together in various parts of the city. Over time Hyde Park-Kenwood hosted a vigorous art community. This lecture will tell some of that story.