Panel Discussion:
"Women Artists: Represenation, Recognition, and Promotion"

March 26, 2015

On March 26, 2015, the Women in Art Initiative hosted panel discussion focused on the issue of representation, recognition, and promotion of female artists in today’s industry. The panel featured Jenn Dierdorf, a co-director at A.I.R. Gallery, Kelsey Halliday Johnson, an assistant curator at Locks Gallery, and Virginia Maksymowicz, an associate professor of art at Franklin and Marshall. All three panelists agree that women artists face biases and challenges both in perception and economic matters compared to their male counterparts. Professor Maksymowicz stressed the need for more education on women artists on the part of professors. Johnson spoke about the problems with tying artworks by women artists to their “female perspective.” The panel touched upon many issues both on the side of the content of the art as well as how it is treated in the industry and market. The Penn Women in Art Initiative will continue to invite experts in the field and continue to seek meaningful conversation on the issues faced by female artists past and present.

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