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

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.

Photos - 'Art as Advocacy' at SAA4

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.

Precarious Hospitality by Megan DeSoto (Fort Worth, TX)

Precarious Hospitality by Megan DeSoto

(L-R) Amphora and when God made me He made me broken by Isabel Winson-Sagan (Santa Fe, NM)

Amphora and when God made me He made me broken by Isabel Winson Sagan

Disgust by Danielle Sander (Lock Haven, PA)

Disgust - Danielle Sander

Women Advancing Women by Gail Smuda (Concord, NH)

Women Advacing Women by Gail Smuda

Miliki (Regal) by Taeesha “Sophisticatedcookie” Muhammad (New York, NY)

Miliki (Regal) by Taeesha "Sophisticatedcookie" Muhammad (New York, NY)

Things Men Aren’t Told III by Rachel Roberts (Sharon, TN) – Honorable Mention

Things Men Aren't Told III by Rachel Roberts

Amanda and Ben by Rachel Marcotte (Rochester, NY)

Amanda and Ben by Rachel Marcotte (Rochester, NY)

Identity Crisis by Sepidah Tajalizadeh Dashti (Memphis, TN)

Identity Crisis by Sepidah Tajalizadeh Dashti

Acid AZO Red Dye by Anastasia Rooke (Great Falls, VA) – Honorable Mention

Acid Azo Red Dye by Anastasia Rooke

Spots by Grace Kennison (Fort Collins, CO)

Spots by Grace Kennison

Gao Yu by Phyllis MacLaren (Springfield)

Gao Yu by Phyllis MacLaren

Equality by Nasrin Iravani (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Equality by Nasrin Iravani

Photos by Sergio Barreto