THE STRUGGLE TO CONNECT: A Call and Response Conversation on Race and Gender by Women Artists, Curated by Vanessa Johnson

February 5, 2022 to March 19, 2022

Click the image to view the VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

The Struggle to Connect is an invitational group exhibition featuring a racially diverse group of women artists from CNY and beyond. The exhibit will confront the differences between white feminism and the feminist issues of women of color and explore differences in experiences and perspectives.

This exhibition was developed from conversations between exhibit curator Vanessa Johnson and the late Marie Summerwood, local activist and ArtRage volunteer. While all women are oppressed as women, there has been an uneasy “her-story” between women of color and white women in the feminist movement. From the Women’s Suffrage Movement to modern day voting patterns, there is a continuing divide based on an intersectionality of race, gender, and class.

View the virtual exhibition HERE
Read poetry and prose by the CNY Pen Women inspired by the exhibition HERE
Watch the Virtual Artist talk on YouTube. Scroll down to view the video.


View the Virtual Artist: Recorded on March 2, 2022.

Mark Briggs, Joan Burstyn, Henriette Carvalho in Honor of Andrea Carvalho,
Diana F. Cramer, Maureen Curtain & Rachel Lamb,
Margrit Diehl, Terry Eckert, Kathleen Effler,
Barry & Barbara Gordon, Tarki & Joe Heath,
Pam McLaughlin & Robert Sollish, Francis Parks,
Dorothy & Harvey Pearl, Katherine & Craig Polhamus,
Carole Resnick, Nancy Keefe Rhodes,
Gary & Mary Salibrici, Mara Sapon-Shevin, Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane,

Carmen Viviano-Crafts, Anita Welych,  and Mary Ann Zeppetello

Bruce & Kathy Coville, Annemarie Deegan, Chris Flynn,
Julia Ganson, Laurie Gilmore Selleck,
Sam Gruber & Zoe Meighan, Julie Gozan & Tom Keck,
Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas, Jeremy McKay, Diane Murphy,
Lleni Pach, George Savage, Ellen Schwartz,
Jon Selzer & Thelie Trotty-Selzer, Vince Sgambati,
Dana Sovocool & Brian Gruninger, Ron VanNorstrand,
Shaila Wood & Ramesh Gaonkar, and Amy Zamkoff

Anonymous , Adam Goldberg for Raymour & Flanigan,
Bousquet Holstein, PLLC,  Humanities New York,
The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation,
Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, Caroline Cargo, Therese A. Deegan,
Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, Ann Jamison,
Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat, Nancy & Bruce McCoy,
Shirley & Larry Novak, Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley,
Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, Sharye Skinner,  
Mary Stanley, and Sarah Stuart-Macllvain 

Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith