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 plan to video tape in interviews, 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!

Take the survey here!   Deadline extended indefinitely 

To see the questions first, download the PDF Women Artists Have Their Say: SurveyQuestions

Listen to Morning Edition on NPR about women visual artists

Artists of the Week: Kari Krakow and Torie Tiffany



Kari Krakow


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

I started painting with my husband Peter in NYC in the 1980’s. He was a painter and had been to art school and he taught me quickly everything he had learned. ( Work Big , work Quick, Darken your darks, lighten your lights, Do It again). He no longer paints, but I continue to. I paint colorful canvases that evoke freedom and a sense of joy. Figures and forms emerge from spontaneous gestures and layers of paint, creating stories from memories, dreams and real life.

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Torie Tiffany

Digital Collage

Excerpt from her answers on the survey: How did you get involved?

I fell in love with creating pictures using a Polaroid Swinger – yes, it was that long ago. When I discovered the fascinating results of cutting out parts of several photos and pasting them together as something new, photographic collage became my favorite means of keeping a memory, making a statement or revealing a vision. With the introduction to digital tools, a whole array of new creative possibilities opened, and I fell in love all over again. The creative process is like breath – essential, spontaneous and fulfilling. With each collage I form, and every vignette I write, a new part of me comes to life with a joy I hope to share in the completed piece.

For more information about Torie



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