Film/reading by Sue Perlgut

Recent articles in newspapers, one in the British newspaper The Guardian and one in the New York Times both reflect on women artists. The Guardian asks the question “Women in art: why are all the ‘great’ artists men?” In the New York Times, Judy Chicago, feminist artist, talks about rescuing women from art histories sideline. Although both articles are about women painters and sculptors, the articles are reflective of the world of women artists, of all kinds.

Filmmaker, Sue Perlgut of CloseToHome Productions, working with poet and Cornell professor Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and singer songwriter Jai Hari Meyerhoff,  invite artists, of all disciplines (musicians, writers, poets, photographers, painters, filmmakers, actors, dancers, etc,)  to fill out an online survey about their work and their creativity. Working with the answers and stories gathered from the surveys and from the diverse group of artists we video tape in interviews, we will create a multi-media film/reading, with original music, to be shown at Cinemapolis in the fall of 2020. Look for our artist of the week.

Artists must live, work or have visited Tompkins County to participate in the film part of the project. Thank you!

Take the survey here!   Deadline to take the survey is 2/28/2020

To see the questions first, download the PDF SURVEYWomenArtists

Listen to Morning Edition on NPR about women visual artists

Artist of the Week: Lily Gershon

Artist of the week, Lily Gershon


In an excerpt from our survey Lily answered the question what inspires you?

I go to puppet conferences and watch a lot of cartoons, silent films and other puppeteers to get inspiration. I go to a lot of theater and look for street performers. My partner and I travel to other countries and seek out other artists who do puppet theater, clowning, mime and anything that remotely connects to the world of puppetry. I’m inspired by everyday life and the people I know and read about and see around.

You can find out more about Lily





This project is partially supported by grants from: The City Federation of Women’s Organizations, and with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Partnership