Photos: Advocating for women through art in Springfield (NSFW)
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Photos: Advocating for women through art in Springfield (NSFW)

The Springfield Art Association (SAA) closed out the the summer with a two-pronged look at women artists. It started in August with The First 10 Years, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Women’s Art Alliance (WAA) by displaying work produced during the WAA’s first decade.

That showcase, held in the Hoogland Center, closed at the end of August, but was followed a week later by “Art as Advocacy: Promoting Equity and Social Justice for Women.” A national juried exhibit, “Art as Advocacy” honors the U.S. women’s movement by showcasing work that reflects the changing position of women in society and the arts from the late 1970s to the present.

A wide variety of media and viewpoints is represented in the exhibit, and although the artists don’t stoop to gratuitous shock value, they’re not afraid to push buttons, and this is not something you’d want to take young kids to.

“Art as Advocacy” is on view at the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery on the SAA Main Campus through Sept. 28; below are some of the highlights.

Photos by Sergio Barreto

Sergio Barreto

Written by Sergio Barreto

Sergio's American life began as an exchange student in Lincoln, IL. After more than 20 years living up North, writing for outlets such as The Chicago Reader, organizing & promoting cultural events and what-not, he had it with the big city and moved back to Central Illinois. He currently edits financial newsletters, in addition to designing and maintaining websites like this one.

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