Shaun Ho / The Collegian
Women have a history worth celebrating, according to an event hosted by USU Productions, The Gallery Club and the Art department of Fresno State Friday.
In honor of Womenâ€™s History Month, The â€œWomen in Art” Art Festival rounded up the Fresno State community and the general public to support and appreciate the many forms of art, as well as womenâ€™s roles in art locally and historically, program adviser Shawna Blair said.
â€œThe production was significant because it was the first one to happen on campus and because it gave an opportunity to showcase various forms of art while giving the students a friendly atmosphere to display their art in,” Blair said.
The night kicked off with local musical performer Arc Minute displaying a slide show of famous women in art throughout history. The presentation included women who were recognized for various expressions of creativity. The slides included women such as Billie Holiday and the BrontÃ« sisters.
Maria Ortega, who spoke on â€œWhat is Art,” echoed the slide showâ€™s variation of artistic talent.
Ortega, advocate and spokeswoman for Arte AmÃ©ricas, said, â€œNot all art is pretty. Visual art is broader than just paintings and we have to remember that art is about eras, feelings and expression just represented in visual form.”
Other performances included ritualistic ceremonial dances by the Aztec Dancers, poetry readings by Simply Kat and live music from the Javon Davis band featuring Eva Scow on the mandolin.
Fresno State senior Mandee Sanchez attended the event for two reasons, which included the opportunity to display her painting.
â€œI saw a flyer posted around campus from the art department about entering in some of your work for the art festival. I entered and was chosen to display a piece that I worked on about two years ago,” Sanchez said.
â€œThe art department and students were able to show the campus community as well as the Fresno community the great things they are doing,” Blair said. â€œThe artists were able to showcase their work to their family and friends that attended. They were also able to sell their work if they wanted.”
Blair added that the event attendance turned out just as expected. â€œWe had around 100 people attend the event,” she said. â€œThe right people were at the event. The people that really enjoy art and the various aspects of art were there to appreciate it.”