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March 10, 2010

Illinois Women Artists Project

Director of the Illinois Women Artists Project
to speak at NIU on March 17

DeKalb, Ill. — Illinois author Channy Lyons will deliver a public lecture at NIU on the Illinois Women Artists (IWA) Project as part of NIU’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

The event is open to the public and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of Holmes Student Center.

Lyons is the founder and director of the IWA Project, which features a Web site and online database focusing on women artists who were active in Illinois between 1840 and 1940. Conceived in 2008, the Web site was launched early this year and currently includes information on more than 500 artists.

Lyons will discuss the history and development of the IWA Project. She will also highlight the lives and careers of some of the artists.

“This talk fits perfectly with this year’s Women’s History Month theme of Women’s Voices/Women’s Visions,” says Rebekah Kohli, program coordinator for NIU’s Women’s Studies Program. “The IWA Project gives voice and vision to many women artists who have not yet been included in most art historical texts.”

Lyons also will lead a hands-on seminar at 2 p.m. in room 297 of Founders Library, providing participants with an opportunity to engage in research using the online art-history databases.

Lyons has published books about Peoria women, her artist grandmother and creativity. Her book, “Hedley Waycott, Peoria’s Premier Artist,” received the Superior Achievement Award from the Illinois Association of Museums. In addition to writing about and curating exhibitions of women artists’ work, she also leads workshops on life-story writing.

Lyons holds an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in English/writing from Bradley University. She is an elected board member of the Illinois Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. For many years, she held management positions in corporations in Chicago and Peoria, and she was senior vice president of a financial marketing firm that she helped to start.

Her talk at NIU is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, Graduate Colloquium Committee and Divisions of Art History and Art Education.

For further information, e-mail womenst@niu.edu or call the Women’s Studies Program at (815) 753-1038.

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Media Contact: Rebekah Kohli, NIU Women’s Studies Program
Phone: (815) 753-1038
Email: womenst@niu.edu