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Pioneers on the Prairie: Celebrating Women in New Media Arts

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Please join SAIC faculty, alumni, and other artists for an exciting one-day symposium that examines the achievements of women in the field of new media art and emerging technologies from the 1980s onward.

Pioneers on the Prairie
Friday, March 18, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

The event celebrates the upcoming release of the new book from the University of Illinois Press, Women in NewMedia Arts: Perspectives on Innovative Collaboration, edited by Donna Cox, Janine Fron, and Ellen Sandor.

Symposium participants include:

Tiffany Holmes, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and book contributor; Lisa Wainwright, Dean of Faculty; Ellen Sandor, (MFA 1975, HON 2014), book editor and contributor; Donna Cox, book editor and contributor; Janine Fron, book editor and contributor; Elissa Tenny, SAIC Provost; Barbara Sykes, (MFA 1981), book contributor; Dana Plepys, (BFA 1981), book contributor; Abina Manning, book contributor, Director of the Video Data Bank; Joan Truckenbrod , (MFA 1975), book contributor and former SAIC faculty; Carolina Cruz-Neira, book contributor;Margaret Dolinsky, book contributor; Lucy Petrovich, book contributor; Jon Cates, SAIC faculty; Brenda Laurel, book contributor; Jane Veeder, (MFA 1977), book contributor; Copper Giloth, book contributor and former SAIC faculty; Stephanie Rothenberg (MFA 2003); David Getsy, SAIC faculty; Snow Fu (MFA 2014), SAIC faculty;Claudia Hart, book contributor and SAIC faculty; Lee Blalock , (MFA 2011), SAIC faculty; Marlena Novak, SAIC faculty; Sabrina Raaf, (MFA 1999); Maxine Brown, book contributor; Christina Gomez, SAIC faculty; Faith Wilding, former SAIC faculty; Terri Kapsalis, SAIC faculty; Jessica Westbrook, SAIC faculty; Kirsten Leenaars, SAIC faculty; and Marie Hicks, Illinois Institute of Technology faculty.

Lecture – Performance in Three Acts: Eva Meyer-Keller with Kirsten Leenaars and Jennifer Reeder


Part of In>Time 16 Performance Festival

Saturday, February 27

6018North ballroom

3:00 – 5:00pm

Following upon Eva Meyer-Keller’s Death is Certain performance at Links Hall, the Berlin-based artist joins two Chicago artists in a lecture-performance to discuss each of their process and to present excerpts of previous and upcoming works. Eva Meyer-Keller, whose practice intersects performance and the visual arts, joins Kirsten Leenaars, whose work is a hybrid between performance, social practice, and video, and Jennifer Reeder, a filmmaker and visual artist. Light food and drinks served in this intimate setting.



Saturday, February 20, 2016 – 2:00pm

Artist Talk: Biennial artist Kirsten Leenaars, “Artist as Witness”

Leenaars speaks about the relationship in her work between fiction and documentation and the slippage between the “live” and the mediated, the real and the performed. Through staging, improvisation and arrangement, she reinterprets personal stories and reimagines everyday realities. Leenaars’ choreographed performances, videos and photographic presentations rely on the participation of specific people and communities with whom she engages. Her most recent body of work poses questions around the act of witnessing, the portrayal of violence, race and the possibility of empathy.

Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
(630) 834-0202