“Women Artists Past and Present” at Unitarian Church

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Arts writer, curator and historian Patricia Briggs will present "Women Artists Past and Present" at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown's Sunday morning service on March 13, 2016.
Arts writer, curator and historian Patricia Briggs will present “Women Artists Past and Present” at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s Sunday morning service on March 13, 2016.

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown

When better than during Women’s History Month to look at the contributions women have made to all areas of life, including the world of art.

With their speaker on Sunday morning, March 13, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) is celebrating both Women’s History Month and the opening of the Women Create art exhibit in Jamestown in April.

At the 10:30 service, Patricia Briggs will present “Women Artists Past and Present,” an informal slide talk about recurring themes in the work of women artists. An art historian and art writer, Briggs is Director of Galleries and Curator of Collections at Jamestown Community College’s Weeks Gallery.

The service, at 1255 Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown, New York, will include a reading of the children’s book The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola, after which the children will have an art activity on their own.

Briggs’s writing appears in Artforum, History of Photography, Women’s Art Journal, Art on Paper, and other print and online journals. In addition to curating many exhibitions at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, she has curated exhibitions for the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis; Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin; Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota; and the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Briggs received her PhD in art history from the University of Minnesota. She writes the blog Scene Unseen, www.artsceneunseen.com, with informal notes about studio and exhibition visits. An independent critic interested in the role of the viewer in the art community, she uses Scene Unseen to share her practice of engaged viewing.

Women Create is the biennial juried exhibit of women’s art in downtown Jamestown that opens at the Dykeman-Young Gallery on Friday, April 15. Salons with the presenting artists will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. during the exhibit, from April 20 till the closing on May 11. The UUCJ is the sponsor of the salon on April 27.

Artist Audrey Dowling, owner and operator of the Portage Hill Gallery in Westfield, New York, was the juror for the Women Create exhibit. She and exhibit co-creative director Jennifer Schlick are both members of the UUCJ.
The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is “to promote and provide a community where diverse people of all ages may explore the meaning of existence, give expression to liberal religious values, and work for a just, sustainable society.” Members “covenant to provide programs and a caring community in which all persons are empowered to serve one another, encouraged to pursue spiritual growth, accepted for who they are, and supported in life’s transitions.”

For more information about the UUCJ, visit www.theuucj.com.
To learn more about the Women Create art exhibit, visit www.womencreate.org.