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Women and Leadership Archives

News from the Archives

Artemisia After 40

Artemisia after 40 was a showcase of work by artists who were members of the women's cooperative Artemisia Gallery.  From 1973 until closing in 2003, Artemisia played an essential role in supporting and nurturing the careers of over 150 women artist members, their mentees and exhibiting guest artists, who made their mark on the Chicago art scene and beyond.

WLA Director Nancy Freeman attended the closing reception for the exhibition on June 13th and is pictured here with Nicole Ferentz, Director of Fine Arts at Loyola and former Artemisia member.

The Women and Leadership Archives has a strong collection of women artists, including 24 former members of the Artemisia Gallery.  Artists participating in the Artemisia after 40 showcase whose papers are held at the WLA include:

Barbara Blades                 Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman

Barbara Cooper                Mary Ellen Croteau

Carole Harmel                   Linda Kramer

Kathryn Kucera                 Margaret Lanterman

Silvia Malagrino                 Jackie Moses

Olivia Petrides                   Nancy Plotkin

Eileen Ryan                       Susan Senseman

Fern Shafer                       Diane Simpson

Michelle Stone                  Maureen Warren

Toby Zallman


Theatre 305: Writing Women's Lives

For the last few months, the staff at the WLA has had the immense pleasure of working with the students in Professor Ann Shanahan's Theatre 305 course on their final projects.  On May 1st, the students performed their final projects in front of an audience of family and friends on the first floor of Piper Hall. 

The performance was broken up into two acts; Act 1: Embodying the Archives featured seven pieces inspired by or based on collections of institutional records and personal papers here at the WLA.  Students drew upon the papers and records of Helena Znaniecka Lopata, Mercedes McCambridge, Anna Stonum, and SisterSerpents for inspiration.  The institutional records of Mundelein College were also used by some of the students with pieces that drew upon the Mundelein College Photograph Collection, records of the University's founding, and the strike during the Vietnam War

Act 2: Performing Her Story, showcased the creations of four students which were inspired by the speeches of Sojourner Truth, the scholarly writings of Sue Ellen Case, and the lives of Fannie Lou Hammer and Marie Gouges.  The second act also included the entire class performing monologues they had written on the theme of Health and Fitness.

A student reads a part in "Helena's Letter," by Kimberly Kueny, which was inspired by the lives of Helena Znaniecka Lopata and her mother, Eileen.

Students perform "A College Divided," by Amy Heller, inspired by the oral history interviews of David Orr, Sister Joan Frances Crowley, and Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt about the Mundelein College strike against the Vietnam War in 1970.