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I have something to add to Barbara Blades's letter regarding the closing of Artemisia Gallery [June 13]. I was a member for 12 years and president of Artemisia for ten years. To respond to Rhona Hoffman, Artemisia has always played with the big boys--Vito Acconci, Othello Anderson, Alan Artner, Roy Boyd, Bruce Guenther, Peter Frank, James Grigsby, Derek Guthrie, Klindt Houlberg, Mike Lash, Ian Licht, Robert Loescher, Richard Loving, Paul McCarthy, Thomas McEvilly, Franz Schultz, Paul Sierra, Victor Sorrell, Julius Tobias, Michael Tropea, Clarence S. Wilson, James Wood, and Bill Zima are among the artists, curators, art historians, gallery dealers, and critics who have exhibited or been involved in Artemisia's programs. There are many more men who were guest artists whose work was selected by the women members for shows at Artemisia.

We not only played with the big boys, we ran the gallery...we called the shots.

Fern Shaffer

Chicago

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