Report: Women Art Critics in the Age of the Internet / Open Studio with Peter Scherrer

On Wednesday evening at Ceres Gallery, I participated in a panel discussion with Jill Conner (art critic, founder of artists-studios.com), Amy Lipton (curator, arts writer, co-director ecoartspace.blogspot.com), and Kara Rooney (managing art editor of brooklynrail.org) about art criticism in the age of the Internet, with a particular focus on women’s contributions. Artist Susan Grabel organized the event to mark the occasion of Women’s History Month.

[Image at top: Swiped from the CUE Art Foundation’s Instagram. Panelists Kara Rooney, Amy Lipton, Jill Connor, Sharon Butler (me), with one of Susan Grabel’s painting in the background.]

Each of the panelists gave a brief presentation outlining how she got involved with online art projects, the issues that interest her, how the Internet has changed art criticism, and her thoughts about feminism in relation to her projects. A discussion, moderated by Susan Grabel, followed the presentations. We had many good questions from the audience–about online media in general, the relationship of the art market to art criticism, the workload contemporary artists undertake to advance their careers, the future of online media, and more. The panelists all agreed that despite the rise of platforms like Facebook and Instagram, serious art criticism will continue to be written, not because it influences the market (at the highest level it doesn’t), but because for people who write, the process itself is important. Kara Rooney pointed out that women who write have the ability steer the conversation toward feminist issues and shine a brighter light on the projects created by women.

“Women Art Critics in the Age of the Internet,” Ceres Gallery, 547 W 27th Street, Suite 201 Chelsea, New York, NY. Wednesday, March 16, 2016.


Peter Scherrer’s Open Studio 
It has been a busy week! On Thursday evening, I hosted an Open Studio for Two Coats of Paint resident artist Peter Scherrer. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to check out the work Peter produced
during his residency. He heads back to Bellingham, Washington, tomorrow.

Stay tuned: On April 10,  Danielle Mysliwiec arrives for a residency. She is on sabbatic leave from the art department at American University in Washington, DC.

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