Regional artists and craftspeople, including several HWS faculty members, will be featured in “A SmART Event,” an art auction to benefit the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
The event, which will be held at Artisan Works in Rochester, N.Y., from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, will feature original paintings, prints and sculptures by HWS art and architecture faculty, Professor Ted Aub, Professor Michael Bogin, Associate Professor Christine Chin, Assistant Professor Alysia Kaplan, Associate Professor Kirin Makker and Professor and department Chair Phillia Yi.
“The support from our HWS colleagues—and all of the participating artists—comes at a key moment for the Hall, as we approach the 2017 induction ceremony and the fundraising campaign to rehabilitate the Seneca Knitting Mill as our new home,” says Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer, who serves as co-president of the Hall board of directors.
“I’m so pleased to participate in this endeavor,” says Aub. “The Women’s Hall of Fame does remarkable work; the new site is a labor of love and preservation on many levels—past, present, and future. My piece, Mary Walker, is a depiction of a persona who lived and breathed the struggle for survival in a male dominated society. She sought freedom and justice as she lived a life unencumbered by conventions of her day.”
As the auction’s artwork can be viewed online and bid on prior to “A SmART Event,” Hall board member and 2007 inductee Judith Pipher challenged the board to secure Aub’s sculpture of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919), the physician, Civil War field surgeon and first woman to receive the Medal of Honor, who was inducted to the Hall in 2000.
Aub’s sculpture “is a brilliant addition to the Hall and will help to illustrate Mary Walker’s story,” says Pipher, who adds that the auction is “a wonderful way to raise funds to support the Hall. When we move into the [Hall’s new location], we hope to have meaningful artifacts for many of the current 266 Inductees as well as the new Inductees.”
The rehabilitation of the Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls, N.Y., is planned for completion in early 2018.
In addition to pieces from HWS faculty, “A SmART Event” will also feature the work of artists Chaz Davis, Joan Lyons, Blynn Nelson, Dejan Pejovic, Radha Ravindran, Ravi Sharma and Rachel Wu. Additionally, the event will offer a dance performance by Mercy High School students, a talk from the Monroe County historian about notable women, hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary cocktail, and basket raffles.
Tickets for the auction are available online or at the door, and are discounted for students.