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May Issue 2010

Center for Women in Charleston, SC, Offers 20th Anniversary Exhibit

The Center for Women in Charleston, SC, marks its 20th Anniversary with Celebrating Women, a Piccolo Spoleto visual arts event featuring works by eight members of Women's Caucus for Art Charleston. The exhibit will be on view from May 28 through Aug. 31, 2010.

Artists included in the exhibit are: Karole Turner Campbell, Betsey Carter, Beckie Dobbs, Leigh Ann Davis, Linda Elksnin, Kate Landichow, Laura Szweda, and Lillian Trettin.

The exhibit is inspired by the work of photojournalist Paola Gianturco. Gianturco traveled the world for four years to photograph festivals that celebrate women. She also interviewed performers, vendors, spectators, governmental officials, and religious leaders. She published her photographs in her book, Celebrating Women, in 2004.

On her website, Gianturco notes that "there were hundreds, perhaps thousands, of festivals that celebrate women, which are attended by men, women and children all over the world. Since culture shapes gender roles, societies deem very different characteristics worth celebrating as they honor the feminine spirit, observe women's rites of passage, and commemorate women's achievements." Works in the exhibit explore the diverse ways women are celebrated.

The Women's Caucus for Art, founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA), is a national member organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students/educators, and museum professionals. The Charleston Chapter is one of 20 chapters in the United States. This is the fourth exhibition hosted by WCA Charleston. The chapter hosted exhibitions at the Saul Alexander Gallery and The Real Estate Studio. Additional information about WCA Charleston can be found at (www.wcacharleston.blogspot).

Members of WCA Charleston are committed to: Providing opportunities for the exhibition of women's work; Creating a support network for women in the visual arts in Charleston and South Carolina; Expanding cultural dialogs to encompass all forms of creative expression; Publication of women's writing about art; Inclusion of women in the history of art; Professional equity for all; Respect for individuals without discrimination; Support for legislation relevant to our goals; Education about the contributions of women.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 843/763-7333 or visit (www.c4women.org).

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