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A Bold Vision: Women's Leadership Conference

2014 is an important year for Canada as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, where 23 men came together to share their vision for confederation.

We asked, what would 23 women vision for the next 150 years of Canada's future?

Starting in 2013, we asked Canadians to nominate women to share their visions for Canada's future. Over 200 nominations were received from every province and territory in Canada. Twenty-three extraordinary women leaders were selected to share their vision for Canada's future in an anthology, participate in a women's leadership conference and public vision session. Visionaries include women from all walks of life including Canada's first and only woman Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Contemporary Artist, Becka Viau, Poet Laureate of Halifax, El Jones, Lawyer and Published Author, Dr. Pam Palmater, Human Rights Activist and Published Author, Shelagh Day, a Rocket Scientist, Business Leaders, Indigenous Leaders, and many more.

Now, you have the opportunity to join Canada's most influential and aspiring women leaders at A Bold Vision: Women's Leadership Conference at the beautiful Rodd Brudenell River Resort in PEI from September 24-26, 2014.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to connect, learn and be inspired. In addition to practical skills building workshops, the conference agenda includes stimulating plenary and panel presentations by the 23 visionaries. Delegates will also have innovative and interactive opportunities to engage with visionaries and delegates from across the country. This is an exciting opportunity to expand your professional development. Please visit to learn more about our amazing visionaries and register!

Join us as we make history this fall!
Illustrating Medicine: March 13th, - May 1st, 2014

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Announcing the Fifth Annual
at American University in Washington, DC

FridaySunday,October 31–November 2, 2014


This annual conference builds on the legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy initiated by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard at American University. To further the inclusive spirit of their groundbreaking anthologies, we invite papers on subjects spanning the chronological spectrum, from the ancient world through the present, to foster a broad dialogue on feminist art-historical practice. Papers may address such topics as: artists, movements, and works of art and architecture; cultural institutions and critical discourses; practices of collecting, patronage, and display; the gendering of objects, spaces, and media; the reception of images; and issues of power, agency, gender, and sexuality within visual cultures.Submissions on under-represented art-historical fields, geographic areas, national traditions, and issues of race and ethnicity are encouraged.

To be considered for participation, please provide a single document in Microsoft Word. It should consist of a one-page, single-spaced proposal of unpublished work up to 500 words for a 20-minute presentation, followed by a curriculum vitae of no more than two pages. Please name the document “[last name]-proposal” and submit with the subject line “[last name]-proposal” to Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014 Invitations to participate will be sent by July 1. Keynote speaker Professor Lisa Gail Collins, Vassar College Sessions and keynote address will be held on the campus of American University

Sponsored by the Art History Program and the Department of Art, College of Arts and Sciences, American University Organizing committee: Kathe Albrecht, Juliet Bellow, Norma Broude, Kim Butler Wingfield, Mary D. Garrard, Helen Langa, Andrea Pearson, and Ying-chen Peng

Conference May 3-5, 2012 - Call for Papers
Forthcoming book: Rethinking Professionalism: Essays on Women and Art in Canada
We look forward with great anticipation to the publication of our first major book, Rethinking Professionalism: Essays on Women and Art in Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press), edited by Kristina Huneault and Janice Anderson, in May, 2012.
Course Offering: Art History 627: Feminism, Art, Art History: Women, art and history in Canada
SEMESTER: FALL 2011 Thursday- 13:00-16:00 (EV-3-760)
What is at stake in thinking about the history of women and art in Canada in 2011? During the 1980s and 90s feminism changed the face of art history, bringing new artists, new objects, and new theoretical questions to the discipline. Canadian art history, however, failed to keep pace with the momentum of women’s art history as a whole, and there is still no in-depth scholarly overview of women and art in Canada. Now that the urgency that once characterized feminist art history has shifted to other areas of study, what is to be done about the lacuna that has been left? Can the study of women artists today still continue to pose new and relevant challenges to the discipline of art history? How does research on women artists intersect with other areas of disciplinary concern, such as First Nations art history, globalization, or sustainability and the environment? Students in the class will explore these questions through a combination of historical research and theorized analysis of art made by women in Canada prior to 1980. The course offers its participants the opportunity to both draw on and contribute to the resources of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative.(April 2011)
Young Canada Works Funding (Summer 2011)
CWAHI has received funding from Young Canada Works to hire two summer students to continue the development of our two major databases. Names of historical Canadian women photographers will be added to the to the Artists Bio-bibliographic Database, and exhibition reviews will be added to the Canadian Exhibition Reviews Online database.
Funding from the Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art (Summer 2011)
CWAHI has received funding from the Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art to fund a student who will add names to our artists bio/bibliographic database. The student will focus on artists whose names appear in major publications (Maria Tippett By a Lady; Ash Prakash Independent Spirit; Esther Trépanier Femmes artistes du XXe siècle au Québec) but who have not yet been entered into our database.
CWAHI launches CERO Database
You are invited to attend the launch of the CERO Database to be held in the Webster Library, Room LB-369 on October 5 from 5 to 7.
Artist Database receives Honourable Mention for Melva Dwyer Award
The CWAHI Artist Database received an Honourable Mention for the Melva Dwyer Award during the Convocation Ceremonies at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference 2010. The Melva J. Dwyer Award was established in recognition of the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, University of British Columbia. It is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture.(October 2010)
International Research Network
CWAHI has received a grant to host a workshop as part of an international Leverhulme trust team grant on Feminism and Curating Research.(March 2010)
New Funding
The Canadian Women Artists History Initiative is grateful for funding received to continue the development of our two online databases, the Artist Database and Canadian Exhibition Reviews Online. We are supported by money from Canadian Heritage’s Young Canada Works programme ($16,740), delivered through the Canadian Museums Association, the Canadian Council of Archives and the Canadian Library Association. We have also received funding from the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art ($5415).
International Research Network
CWAHI has been invited to join an international research network on women’s art, feminism and curating. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the network is headed by Dr. Lara Perry from the University of Brighton and includes participants from the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Tate Modern, the Estonian Academy of Art, and the Universities of Edinburgh and Uppsala. CWAHI will be hosting a seminar for network participants on the subject of “Exhibitions, Documentation and Archives”. (May 2010)
The Canadian Women Artists History Initiative is seeking three students to fill Young Canada Works positions this summer (April 2010)
The positions will last for periods ranging from twelve to fourteen weeks. Candidates must be Canadian citizens under the age of thirty, who were full-time students in the winter semester, 2010, and who intend to return to school full-time in fall, 2010. The jobs will take place at Concordia University's downtown campus, in the Library and EV Buildings, 35 hours per week, $12.50 per hour.
The Initiative seeks the services of two researcher, digitizer, and data entry persons for its Canadian Exhibition Reviews Online project. Working in a team environment, the successful candidates will research Canadian newspapers on microfilm for exhibition reviews, digitize the reviews on a microfilm scanner, Photoshop the digital images and enter the data into a database.
Our third available position is that of a researcher and database contributor to add to an online database devoted to the biographies and bibliographies of historical Canadian women artists. The successful candidate will conduct extensive research into historical Canadian women artists or architects, focusing on groups currently underrepresented in our database (e.g., First Nations, photographers, craftspeople, architects).
In all cases, we are seeking applicants with a specific interest in Canadian women's history, a background in Fine Arts, who are computer literate, who have an excellent work ethic, who are senior undergraduate or graduate students, and who are fluent in English and able to read French. We encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and Aboriginal people.
Please apply online through Young Canada Works. You must be registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory. You may also send an application to:

Dr. Janice Anderson
EV 3.741
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd West
Montreal, QC
H3G 1M8

CWAHI Session at UAAC Conference
Univerity of Alberta
October 22-24, 2009
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Panel
Universities Art Association of Canada Conference
University of Alberta, Edmonton, 22-24 October 2009.

(July 2009) The Canadian Women Artists History Initiative is a collaborative endeavour that brings resources and researchers together to enhance scholarship on historical women artists in Canada. For this open session, we welcome papers that deal with any aspect of women and artistic production in Canada prior to 1967. Proposals that combine historical and methodological considerations are particularly welcome, as are papers across a full spectrum of arts production, including craft, design, photography, architecture, illustration, and (of course) painting and drawing. For more information about CWAHI please see the project’s website:
One-page abstracts (clearly indicating your name and insitutional affiliation) should be sent by June 1 to:

Dr. Kristina Huneault, Concordia University Department of Art History
Concordia University
514-848-2424, ext. 4697

Please send documents in .doc. or .rtf format only. Submissions from students should be accompanied by a letter of support from their supervisor.
Course Offering
ARTH 400/4-A – 3 cr.
Special Topic: A History of Canadian Women Artists
There is no textbook for this class – and this is significant because of what it tells us about the history of women’s art in Canada. Despite three decades of research and writing in the field, there is still no published scholarly history of women’s contributions to the visual culture of Canada. What might such a history look like were it to be written today? Together, we will consider the various methodological challenges raised by the project of writing a history of women’s art in Canada prior to 1967. Access to basic information about women artists is one of these issues, and students will enhance their understanding of research methods, including the use of primary documents. We will also consider the philosophical and political implications of the organization of information. Beyond the basic injunction to ‘include more women’, feminism has leveled a number of significant critiques at the writing of art history; how would a history of Canadian women artists accommodate these challenges? What other methodological perspectives would be crucial for such a history?
This course is offered as part of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative – a Concordia-based collaborative research project to foster scholarship on women and the arts in Canada. Open to 15 participants, students will have the opportunity to use the Initiative’s resources, and to contribute to its projects. Advanced seminars provide a unique educational opportunity to their participants, offering enhanced opportunities for participation and more personalized interactions with the professor and amongst fellow students. At the same time, the seminar demands a high degree of motivation and commitment, including substantial preparation time for each class, the willingness to work collaboratively, and a readiness to undertake modest research travel if necessary. You are asked to visit the CWAHI website (September 2008)

Course Offering
Canadian Women Artists as Historical Subjects (Fall 2008)
Concordia University
ARTH 627C/2 AA Feminism, Art, Art History: Canadian Women Artists as Historical Subjects
SEMESTER: 1st – Fall 2008
Tuesdays 18:00-21:00
Room EV-3-760
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kristina Huneault

The Canadian Women Artists History Initiative is offering its first course as part of the Art History MA program at Concordia University; participants will have the opportunity to use the Initiative's resources and participate in its research activities. The course explores the possibilities for encounter between scholarship on historical Canadian women artists and contemporary theorizing about subjectivity. The ongoing task of reclaiming the history of Canadian women artists has produced a substantial body of biographically oriented scholarship. Concurrently, issues of subjectivity and identity have predominated in the field of cultural theory. While there is a clear potential for overlap between these approaches, such an exchange is still in the developmental process. This course will give participants an opportunity to contribute to that development, exploring questions around the place of selfhood in art made be women in Canada during the 19th and early 20th-century centuries. The course is open to students registered in Concordia's Art History MA program. Expressions of interest in the course from those not registered in the program are welcome, and should be directed to Kristina Huneault: huneault at alcor dot concordia dot ca.
Connections: CWAHI Inaugural Conference (October 2-4, 2008)
The conference aims to unite and assess current scholarship in the field. What are the current concerns of art historians studying Canadian women artists’ lives and practices? Has the process of recuperation been successful? Is it time to begin the process of consolidation? While gender considerations continue to serve as an impetus for inquiry, current research on historical Canadian women addresses a multitude of subjects, including, but not limited to: First Nations history; colonialism and nationhood; the international evolution of aesthetic styles; travel and identity; sexuality and corporeal experience; women and craft; the relation of biography to visual production; professional and amateur networks; and the emergence of urbanism. In these areas and others factually based archival research and theoretically informed critical analysis exist side by side. How can these approaches be mutually informative? Conference Program.

Conference Funding Received (August 2008)
We are pleased to announce that CWAHI received a $20,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to fund its inaugural conference, Connections. The funding will help bring speakers from across Canada to Montreal, and will also enable us to offer employment to students who are assisting in conference organization. We are also grateful to the Gail and Stephen A. Jarisolwsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art for its support of the event, and to Concordia University for generous funding through the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Office of the Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies.

Funding for Computer Equipment (August 2008)
CWAHI received $3000 from the Concordia Library Research Fund to fund the purchase of a server for our web-based database projects. The first of these ongoing projects, our Artist Database is available to researchers. We are currently developing a second major project, Canadian Exhibition Reviews Online. This is a collaborative initiative with the National Gallery of Canada and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to digitize catalogues and exhibition reviews for the major annual exhibitions of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Art Association of Montreal.
CWAHI Inaugural Conference : Call for papers
18 August, 2007



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