It’s no surprise that as with most areas of life, the art world is still considered a ‘man’s world’. In this world, women and LGBTQI+ artists struggle to get the recognition they deserve.
Although women account for half of the MFA degrees received in the US, only a quarter of solo exhibitions in New York galleries feature women. For artists of the LGBTQI+ community, the numbers are even worse.
The Women’s Programming Advisory Council (WPAC) at Oklahoma State University seeks to turn the easels on the art world by co-hosting PRISM Fest, an on-campus arts event, with Oklahoma State Queers & Allies (OSQ&A) and ARC. PRISM Fest seeks to give LGBTQI+ and women artists, musicians, designers, etc., a chance to shine in a community setting. The deadline for LGBTQI+ and women artists to register to participate is March 31.
Email WPAC.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or register at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10u7Z-hgn-9_zdD0FOgaYVfh562fGpzU65h9UrjhpODI/viewform?edit_requested=true
PRISM Fest will be held next Thursday, April 2, from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Helmerich Browsing Room (2nd floor) of the OSU library. Featured at the festival will be LGBTQI+ and women painters, sculptors, poets, musicians, apparel designers, and more.
The festival is free to attend and there will be food and drinks. Any of the art is available for sale (dependent on the artist).
Although the struggle for equality for the LGBTQI+ community (marriage equality) and for women (gender wage gap) exists in the national spotlight on many levels, PRISM Fest seeks to level the playing field on a local level.