Oakton hosts virtual women’s art exhibit Oct. 19 - Nov. 20

(Oct. 12, 2020) The public is invited to view innovative artwork from around the world exploring the evolving role of women in society when Oakton Community College hosts a virtual art exhibition from Oct. 19 – Nov. 20. Due to ongoing concerns for the health and safety of the Oakton community during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s exhibition will be solely online.

Presented by Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at Oakton, this year’s edition is entitled “Where Are We Now?: Activism of the Everyday.” The annual women’s art show is one of the region’s premier art events, routinely drawing submissions locally, nationally and internationally. Themes focus on issues and ideas involving women, gender and feminism. The public will be able to view the exhibition at www.oakton.edu/museum.

This year’s display thoughtfully examines how women have continued to evolve and change. Topics include: women as global citizens, providers, voters entering an election year, lovers, activists and individuals. Furthermore, the art show will explore where women are headed and why it matters. In all, 62 artists will be represented.

This show includes submissions from across the globe as entries came in from the Netherlands and Britain. In addition, the exhibit includes artwork from Arizona, Colorado, California, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, New Mexico, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin.

“For this year’s annual juried women’s exhibition, which will be our first virtual art exhibition, Oakton invited professional artists of all media who self-identify as women to submit a single work that provides social commentary on who we are, where we are going and what that means,” Lindsey Hewitt, coordinator of the WGS Program, says. “Submissions could focus on women in the United States or globally, have either a contemporary or historical context and could focus on women in either the public or private sphere. As usual, we weren’t disappointed in the quality of the digital submissions that we received from professional artists.”

For more information, contact Nathan Harpaz, curator of the Koehnline Museum of Art, at nharpaz@oakton.edu, or Lindsey Hewitt, coordinator of the WGS Program, at lhewitt@oakton.edu.