Artist directory seeks data on collections

Artist directory seeks data on collections

All archival repositories holding primary source material about female visual artists active in the U.S. since 1945 are invited to be included in WAAND–the Women Artists Archives National Directory–a Web directory under development by Rutgers University Libraries and on the Web at http://waand.rutgers.edu.

WAAND is designed as a research tool for scholars, artists, curators, students, and collecting institutions around the world, as well as researchers in cultural and intellectual history, American studies, material culture, and women’s and gender studies. It will direct users to primary source materials of and about contemporary women visual artists active in the U.S.

Participating repositories will be asked to complete an online repository survey form for each artist in their collections, describing the nature of the primary source materials they hold. The WAAND repository survey form will be ready for release by summer 2005. Please sign up now if you wish to receive the survey upon release.

WAAND users will be able to access data through artist name, archival repository, or collection title. The directory will also be structured for fielded searching on such access points as art genre, style, and movement, and the geographic regions of the artist’s activity. WAAND has been funded by the Getty Foundation.

WAAND’s principal investigators are Dr. Ferris Olin, head of the Margery Somers Foster Center, Rutgers University Libraries, and longtime curator of the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library, and Judith K. Brodsky, Rutgers distinguished professor emerita in the Department of Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and founding director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (RCIPP).

Members of the WAAND Advisory Council include Mary Garrard, professor emerita, American University, and author of The Power of Feminist Art; Camille Billops, artist, filmmaker, and founder of the Hatch-Billops Archives, New York; and Janis Ekdahl, retired chief librarian, Museum of Modern Art Library, New York.

For information or to partner with WAAND, contact: Nicole Plett, WAAND Project Manager, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers, 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8527, waand@rci.rutgers.edu.

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