New Orleans and the Jazz & Heritage Gallery Celebrates Femme Fest 2017

By: Mary Achary 

Published March 8 2017

The year was 1972. President Richard Nixon would return to the White House in a landslide victory over Sen. George McGovern in the November presidential election, the United States was still fighting in Vietnam, and women all over the country were organizing protests and marching in cities everywhere in their ongoing quest for equal rights.

It was out of the women’s movement that the Women’s Caucus for Art (WAC) was born. WAC in connection with the College Art Association (CAA) is a national organization that is rich in both multicultural and multidisciplinary in its mission and its membership. Among the organization’s members are artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals. WAC’s mission is to create community through art, education, and social activism while committing to the following:

  • Recognizing the contributions of women in the arts.
  • Providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development.
  • Expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women.
  • Supporting local, national, and global art activism.
  • Advocating for equity in the arts for all.

WAC boasts 23 state chapters with 13 affiliations among them is The Feminist Art Project (TFAP). Since its inception, TFAP has worked in conjunction with WAC as part of a national collaborative initiative that celebrates the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, political, and intellectual impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present.

Through WAC’s state chapters and TFAP, art exhibitions have been held all over the United States celebrating women’s accomplishments in the art world. In 2009, the Louisiana chapter of WAC held its first Femme Fest in New Orleans. This year, Femme Fest returns to New Orleans for its ninth art exhibition featuring works by more than 40 Louisiana women artists.

The Femme Fest Gallery Exhibition Opening will take place at the Jazz & Heritage Gallery, 1205 North Rampart Street, New Orleans with an artists’ reception on Saturday, March 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition will be on view March 11 to April 7. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Mon. – Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Jazz & Heritage Gallery at (504) 558-6100.  


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