The New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with the event Championing Women Through the Arts: An Evening with Judy Chicago.
Championing Women Through the Arts: An Evening with Judy Chicago
Friday, October 14, 5:30-7:30 pm MT
New Mexico Governor’s Mansion, Santa Fe
On October 14, the New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts marks its twenty-fifth anniversary with an evening event honoring feminist artist Judy Chicago. Championing Women Through the Arts: An Evening with Judy Chicago will also recognize the organization’s five artist candidates and curator for the 2024 Women to Watch exhibition, A New World, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
The New Mexico State Committee was established in 1997 to support the mission of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and to bring recognition to the achievements of New Mexico women artists in the visual, digital, performance, and literary arts. The organization achieves this through diverse programming, educational events, and exhibitions, including the Women to Watch exhibition series with the National Museum.
Judy Chicago, who lives and works in Belen, New Mexico, is being recognized for her decades-long and ongoing influence. A pioneering feminist artist, Chicago has remained steadfast in her commitment to social change and women’s right to engage in and be recognized for their artistic production. In 2022, Chicago received a lifetime achievement award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Also being honored are Nancy Zastudil, the 2024 Women to Watch curator, and the five women artists she selected for nomination to the National Museum’s exhibition: Nikesha Breeze, Szu-Han Ho, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Jennifer Nehrbass, and Rose B. Simpson.
Nancy Zastudil, an independent editor, writer, and curator working towards equitable representation in the arts, searched statewide to identify artists embodying the theme: “How have our societal conditions impacted artists’ visions for the future or inspired them to create alternative current realities?” From the nominees, one artist will be chosen to represent New Mexico along with representative artists from other regional committees.
The Women to Watch exhibition series is a collaboration between the National Museum of Women in the Arts and its twenty-nine international affiliate committees. Held every few years, the exhibition focuses on a specific medium or theme chosen by the National Museum’s curators and includes women artists from each committee’s respective region.
The New Mexico State Committee’s anniversary event is generously sponsored by Turner Carroll Gallery of Santa Fe. According to Tonya Turner Carroll, who will be speaking at the event, “The mission of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is to recognize the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. Turner Carroll’s mission aligns with the National Museum of Women in the Arts’s in that we believe women are the primary creative force in the world, giving birth not just to babies, but to ideas that move civilization forward.”
Tickets to this event are limited and must be purchased before October 10. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a docent will be available to guide guests through the art collection at the Governor’s Mansion. Guests must be fully vaccinated and prepared to show proof of vaccination.
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