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click to enlarge Judy Ledgerwood, Sailors See Green, 2013

Judy Ledgerwood, Sailors See Green, 2013

Nathan Keay, Courtesy MCA

When: Dec. 17-June 4 2017
My youngest sister moved to Chicago two years ago to study painting at Columbia College. As she develops her aesthetic, she's been looking to both art history and contemporary pieces for inspiration. She's only 20 years old, and she's already discouraged: In her classes, she tells me, the students mostly read about male artists—it's only in discussions about feminist art that women are mentioned. During her critiques, she says, anything she creates relevant to her feminine identity is scrutinized by her professors in a way that none of her male peers experience. And as she builds a portfolio and learns about careers in the field, she's constantly worried that she won't be taken seriously because of her gender. Even as she pushes through and continues working, she's stymied by the possibility that there may be no place for her in the present-day art world. Continue reading >>

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