About Us

Women in Art Initiative was founded at the University of Pennsylvania as a not-for-profit student organization that aims to

Executive Board

Founder and President: Linda Lin

College of Arts and Sciences '18
Major: History of Art
Minors: Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Consumer Psychology
Email: linda1@sas.upenn.edu
Favorite Artists: Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O'Keeffe

Coming to Penn with the hope to start a student organization that combines her passion in the visual arts and women’s rights, Linda founded Women in Art Initiative at the beginning of her second semester. Dedicated to using art as a tool to promote women's rights and make social impact, she is also the Vice President of Penn Art Club and Director of External Relations of Seneca International. She is fascinated with modern and contemporary art, with sculpture, conceptual art, minimalism, performance art and socially-engaged art being her current favorites, and of course, feminist art. Outside of school she is a Student Liaison and Events Committee member of Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia and the Regional Representative of Philadelphia of ARTenna Inc.

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Vice President: Elizabeth Peng

College of Arts and Sciences '18
Major: Anthropology
Email: elizpeng@sas.upenn.edu
Favorite Artist: Artemisia Gentileschi

Elizabeth builds relationships with local and national organizations passionate about promoting women artists, fosters collaborations and partnerships, and coordinates external communications. She also assists the President in managing club affairs by overseeing the progress of ongoing projects and collaborating with committee directors. Outside of WIA, she is an intern in the Development office at the Penn Museum and serves on the executive boards of Penn Political Review and the Clio Society, Penn’s undergraduate museum interest group. Her favorite art styles and movements include Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Hudson River School, and American Realism.

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Director of Programming: Diana Zhou

College of Arts and Sciences '18
Major: Mathematical Economics
Email: dizhou@sas.upenn.edu
Favorite Artist: René Magritte

Diana is charge of planning events that address WIA’s goals of increasing the discussion on women in the art industry and the representation of women in art. The intersection of social justice and art has recently become her passion, and she thinks that Philly is a great setting for addressing many of the issues that arise. She spent the summer interning at Art-Reach, a Philly non-profit that focuses on increasing access to the arts for low-income communities and individuals with disabilities.

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Director of Interviews: Terrill Warrenbug

College of Arts and Sciences '16
Major: Fine Arts
Minors: History of Art and French
Email: terrillw@sas.upenn.edu
Favorite Artist: Jenny Saville

Terrill manages the Interview Committee and schedules interviews with female (and male) artists, curators, art historians, and other art professionals. While the committee inquire about their artistic practice, they also learn the inside scoop on gender's role in the art world. Terrill is a female artist herself and she spends a lot of time in the studio as well as attending art shows and other events.She enjoys concerts, friends, and good graphic design. She is graduating in the spring of 2016 and can't wait to start her career in the art world.

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Web Manager: Isabel Ren

School of Engineering and Applied Science '18
Major: Digital Media Design
Email: iren@seas.upenn.edu
Favorite Artist: Isabel Bishop

Isabel has created and currently maintains the Women in Art Initiative website. Her interest in art began at an early age and continues to thrive in the active art culture of Philadelphia. She is interested in exploring the intersection between technology and art as well as advocating for women in both areas. She is also involved with Penn Play Game Jam, Women in Computer Science, and UPenn Club Swimming. In her free time she loves to run, explore, and try new foods.

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Director of Marketing: Tomas Wille

College of Liberal and Professional Studies '17
Major: Liberal Arts
Email: twille@sas.upenn.edu
Favorite Artist: Claude Monet

Tomas develops marketing objectives, strategies and plans, oversees special marketing and public relations initiatives as well as provides data analysis to improve WIA’s internet performance. He has always been passionate about visual arts and aware of the gender imbalance in this field, and thus wants to make an impact. Having majored in Economics and Art History, as well as earned a MBA degree, he loves reading, watching movies and travelling, and participating in outdoor activities, especially triathlon. His favorite art movements are Pre-Raphaelites and Impressionism.

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Director of Development: Zeynep Ulgur

Wharton '19
Major: Finance and OPIM
Minor: History of Art
Email: zulgur@wharton.upenn.edu
Favorite Artist: Jean Michel Basquiat, Egon Schiele

Zeynep is in charge of developmental efforts including, fundraisers, funding application, budget management, event planning and outreach for potential individual and corporate sponsorship. Outside WIA, she is also a member of the Events Committee of the Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club. Born and raised in Istanbul, a cultural melting pot, she has been interested in art throughout her life. Her future career plans include working in the art market. Her favorite art styles and movements include expressionism and impressionism.

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