The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society

April 10
Academic Learning Center 1107

Professor Ferris Olin, founding Co-Director of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, will be giving the keynote address at the Marcia Powell Festival of Religion and the Arts at VCU on April 10. Professor Olin’s talk will focus on her role and experiences in putting together a remarkable series of exhibits and events across central and northern New Jersey in the fall of 2012 about women artists in the Middle East; the project was entitled The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society.

Professor Olin is Founding Co-Director of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art
and Co-Curator of the award-winning Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, the oldest continuous exhibition space dedicated to showing the work of emerging and established contemporary women artists. Since 1994, Olin has organized more than 50 exhibitions featuring the work of over 220 women artists. She is the Principal Investigator for the Getty-funded Women Artists Archive National Directory, an innovative web directory to U.S. archival collections of primary source materials by and about women visual artists active in the U.S. since 1945. Olin is an art historian, women’s studies scholar, the author of numerous publications, and a passionate advocate for women artists who has devoted herself to ensuring the visibility of their work and their aesthetic and intellectual impact on cultural history.

Co-sponsored by the School of World Studies and the Global Education Office

Contact: Richard Godbeer