The National Trust For Historic Preservation Wants to Know Where Women Made History, So Bring on the Artist Places

  • January 28, 2020 12:31

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Designer Ray Eames with an early prototype of "The Toy" in the patio of the Eames House, 1950, in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
© Eames Office LLC.

For the art world, a new opportunity to put American women artists on the map has come as the U.S. celebrates the centennial of womens' voting rights.

This year, with the 100th anniversary of U.S. women earning the right to vote, a new campaign of The National Trust For Historic Preservation aims to tell a fuller history—to uncover and uplift women across the centuries whose vision, passion, and determination have shaped the country.

The goal: discover 1,000 places connected to women’s history, and elevate their stories for everyone to learn and celebrate.

Glass designer Clara Driscoll in a workroom with Joseph Briggs, a longtime manager at Tiffany Studios (1901).
Unknown photographer; Metropolitan Museum of Art; via Wikipedia

So far, this campaign has identified 193 places. A few art-related sites included to date: Pauline Agassiz Shaw and North Bennet Street School in Boston; Elisabet Ney - The Elisabet Ney Museum at Formosa in Austin and Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten Island, NY. The National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC is also noted.

What places have been connected to or influenced by women artists? They can be famous or unknown, protected or threatened, existing or lost. No matter the condition or status, noting these places can help give women artists more visibility in the record of American art and history.

Georgia O'Keeffe, On the Roof, Ghost Ranch House, 1944, in Abiquiu, NM.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; via Yelp

Send a photo of the place (or the woman), plus a short description to SavingPlaces.org.

Share your picks with on FB, Instagram or Twitter with @ARTFIXdaily and @SavingPlaces with the hashtag #TellTheFullStory


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