CHICAGO – Woman Made Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “While in Class…,” an exhibition which seeks to get students’ works out of storage and into the light, and thereby examine the process of becoming an artist. What kinds of innovations are being made “while in class?” This show is juried by artist Lily Mayfield.
What do artists learn at art school? What is an artist? How do you become one? What makes a good one? Responses to the first three questions are wide-ranging, but answers to the final question are all about hard work. In art school, students learn that becoming an artist requires a mysterious blend of complete commitment to their decisions and total openness to reconsider everything—it’s about production through trial and error in the sprit of learning. “While in Class…” features student work by 35 young and emerging women artists. Though the media, style, and content are all varied, a constant theme resonates: this work produced while in class illustrates a struggle and developmental process of discovering who they are and what they do as an artist.