Oakton Hosts Women’s Art Show Oct. 13 - Nov. 10

Cyber Tears by Marilyn Jamora is among the pieces included in Oakton Community College’s Women’s Art Show, opening Oct. 10.

Des Plaines, Ill. (Sept. 28, 2022) – The public is invited to explore how women create courageous spaces, empower each other and change the world during the upcoming annual Women's Art Show at Oakton Community College.

The free exhibit, entitled “Our Bodies, Our Health: Navigating the Wars Within and Around us,” runs Oct. 13 - Nov. 10, at Oakton's Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, Ill. Presented by Oakton's Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Program, the exhibit features works by professional artists worldwide.

A public reception for the artists will be held at the Koehnline Museum of Art Thursday, Oct. 13, 5-8 p.m.

About Our Bodies, Our Health
Throughout history, there hasn't been a time when women haven't been under threat. It doesn't matter whether we're talking about external challenges like the threat of war, losing bodily autonomy, pandemics, sexual violence, discriminatory laws, climate change, colonialism, and community violence — or quiet internal battles like enduring mental health crises, physical disabilities, financial instability, debilitating illnesses, mounting fears, and crushing self-doubt. How are we still standing through all of this? At what cost? And will we survive? What can we do to continue the fight? We must achieve our goals of liberation. Peace. Wellness. Stability. Resilience. Love. Security. Community. But what must be done first for us to get to the center of our deepest longing, our freedom dreams, and our wildest imaginations?

The annual women’s art show is one of the region’s premier art events, attracting hundreds of participants, receiving, submissions locally, nationally and internationally. For more information, contact Nathan Harpaz, Curator of the Koehnline Museum of Art, at nharpaz@oakton.edu or Lindsey Hewitt, Coordinator of the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, at lhewitt@oakton.edu.