The meeting of the Women and Art Round Table (WAART) was called to order by Susan Nurse, moderator for 2000. Ten people were in attendance. Roundtable moderator-elect for 2001, Laura Schwartz, was also in attendance.
Amy Cicone, Program Co-Chair for ARLIS 2001 in Los Angeles, made a brief visit to tell us that the theme of next year's conference will be "2001 LA Odyssey. " Poster sessions will be a new feature of the conference and all are encouraged to submit ideas. Posters do not have to fit any particular theme.
Proposals for 2001 are due by May 1st and the funding request deadline
is May 31. Two proposals have already been suggested.
(1) Marilyn Russell-Bogle and Joan Benedetti conceived of a panel presentation of primarily Native American speakers, tentatively titled "Native American Art Now: Reflecting Contemporary Realities. The panel would be composed of artists, curators, teachers and librarians, most of whom will be Native Californians or Native Americans currently residing in California. Diesigned to "shake up the audience's idea of what constitutes contemporary Indian art", the panelists will demonstrate the broad diversity and complexity of indian art today: political, spiritual, traditiona, non-traditional. Potential panelists have already been chosen.
(2) Miguel Juarez outlined his ideas for two possible proposals.
a) Women Artists on the U.S. Mexican Border
b) Showcasing Community Based Artists from L.A. This session would highlight several women who have been instrumental in shaping the arts within the community contexts in L.A.
Susan Nurse opened a discussion about the presence of the Women and Art Roundtable group in UPDATE, asking what it should consist of. Exhibitions? Websites? Suggestions from the group followed. Laura Schwartz suggested that an individual moderator should be in control. Miguel suggested that individuals could contribute different items (e.g. bibliographies, catalogs, etc.) but that there should be a definite deadline set. Sharon Wasserman volunteered to be the new UPDATE editor for the Women and Art Roundtable column.
Marilyn Russell-Bogle suggested a bibliography for ARTDOC entitled Native American Women Artists from California.
Lorna Corbetta-Noyes asked how the strategic plan affects us as a roundtable
group. She also asked if we had a copy of our action plans, which
we did not. However, according to the strategic plan of 1996,
we are on track as a group.
The strategic plan should be rewritten ever three years.
Regarding archives for our group, Lorna explained that the archives could be kept at ARLIS/NA headquarters. Krystina Wassterman remembered that WAART started in the 1980's, but will check on the origins. Susan Nurse volunteered to be historian for the group. Bonnie Reed, who assembled the archives up to this point, will pass a copy of the archives on to the next moderator, Lynn Schwartz, and the rest to ARLIS/NA.
Discussion of a possible Women in Art Roundtable webpage followed. Susan Clarke agreed to design one which will include a description of the group as it is listed in the handbook. The description was read and all agreed that this is still the function of our group and should be included on the webpage. Also included will be Moderators' names and other items that members wish to contribute. The new Management Firm for ARLIS/NA may be able to host our webpage, but it must be maintained by WAART
Respectifully submitted by
Memorial Art Gallery
Visual Resource Coordinator
500 University Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607