Art show reception to honor local women artists



Iris Alatorre, Women*s Center program coordinator, describes how artists make statements on feminism and gender equality on Tuesday at Wilson-Short Hall.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen editor-in-chief

WSU Women*s Center will host an art show reception from 12-3 p.m. Thursday at the Women*s Center which is located in Wilson-Short Hall Room 8.

Iris Alatorre, Women*s Center program coordinator, said the reception will feature artwork by local and regional women artists. 

“It’s really more so to show appreciation for the work that they’ve done and to just have a face that goes with a local piece of art,” she said.

Submission criteria focused on artwork that represents feminism and gender equity in support of International Women’s Day (IWD) and its 2020 theme #EachForEqual, Alatorre said. The exhibit also features artwork that is not related to those themes.

The exhibit gives women artists an opportunity to showcase their work without having to worry about their experience in the fine arts field or what their title is in the art community, she said. 

“It’s just having space for anybody, whether or not they identify as an artist, to showcase their work,” Alatorre said.

#EachForEqual, she said, is a way for people to engage in conversations and educate others about gender equity and feminism. It also opens discussions about the types of inequality and oppression women face all around the world.

“I think that #EachForEqual helps people look inwardly to decide how they personally want to work toward that mission of gender equity,” Alatorre said. 

The reception is one of many events that is occurring this week in support of IWD. 

Pamela Duran, WSU International Center associate director and chair for the planning committee, said IWD is a way to recognize the inequality in the world between men and women. It also honors the contributions women have made to society.

She said the the theme #EachForEqual focuses on the idea of inclusion for everybody and encourages people to consider issues they normally do not think about.

“We just go on with our busy lives,” Duran said. “There are so many things you don’t take the time to think about.”

The art exhibition is open until March 27. The event is free, and no RSVP is required.