Film/reading by Sue Perlgut

Women Artists Have Their Say deplores the taking of African American lives. We support peaceful protests and abhor police brutality. We commit our work to be antiracist. We are making donations to local and national groups that promote antiracist work. Our work as women continues.

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 plan to video tape, we will create a film, with original music, to be shown either at Cinemapolis in the late fall of 2020 or online. Look for our artist of the week below and our artist of the day on our Women’s Wisdom facebook page.

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

Listen to Morning Edition on NPR about women visual artists

Artists of the Week: Erika Medina and Sara Schaff




Erika Medina

Primarily a painter, though I work with metal, stone, and wood and often incorporate mixed media in my work.

Excerpt from her answers on the survey: What women artists are you inspired by?

I am very drawn to the work of Kathe Kollwitz, Paula Modersohn Becker, Magdalena Abakanowitz and Kiki Smith, amongst a long list of others. I don’t feel like their art has directly influenced my work, but I am moved by their vision and their expression.

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Sara Schaff


Excerpt from her answers on the survey: What is the inspiration for your work?

Inspiration for me can come from many places, often a deep feeling of unease, something unresolved, a question about myself or the past. Many of my ideas begin with an image of characters interacting in a particular place, and the story unfolds when I have a sense of the particular tension that exists between them, and how that tension might play out.

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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