This panel discussion will explore feminism and contemporary art. It will touch on current feminist themes and traditional notions of what feminism means. Discussion will focus on how artists who identify as feminist are tackling ideas of identity in their work as well as on female artists who do not label themselves as feminists and how they are working with images of the female body in their art.
Lauren Cross (moderator) is an interdisciplinary artist/filmmaker, curator, and scholar whose work has been screened and exhibited across the country. Cross earned her BA (2006) in Art, Design, and Media from Richmond, the American International University in London, England, and her MFA (2010) in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She has recently completed the Ph.D program in Women's Studies with a concentration in Multicultural Studies at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX.
Erica Stephens is an interdisciplinary artist that works with a focus on painting and installation art. She studied art at the University of Texas at Dallas where she won the Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts and was a founding member of The Oh6 Collective. She completed her MFA at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, where she was granted both the First and the Second Year Graduate Scholarships and was elected by her cohorts as the Class Marshal of the Otis MFA Class of 2007. Erica returned to Dallas in 2009 and currently teaches Art Appreciation courses at Eastfield College. She takes great joy in teaching students with limited art backgrounds how to approach looking at and thinking about works of art.
Barbara Horlander is currently a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Painting candidate at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2015 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she graduated with highest distinction. In 1988 she received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Art at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Horlander spent twenty years working in various roles in Retail Visual Merchandising and Display where she honed her skills in the design and production of window displays, prop building, and the execution of large scale fashion runways and major installations.
Vicki Meek is a nationally recognized artist who has exhibited widely. Meek is in the permanent collections of the African American Museum in Dallas, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. She was awarded three public arts commissions with the DART Art Program and was co-artist on the Dallas Convention Center Public Art Project. Meek was selected for the 10th Anniversary Nasher Sculpture Center commission of site-specific installation art. In addition, Vicki Meek is an independent curator and writes cultural criticism for her blog Art & Racenotes. With over 40 years of arts administrative experience that includes working as a senior program administrator for a state arts agency, a local arts agency and running a non-profit visual arts center, Vicki Meek retired in March, 2016 as the Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center in Dallas, TX. She served on the board of National Performance Network 2008-15 and was Chair from 2012-2014. Meek is currently a full-time artist who splits her time between Dallas and Costa Rica where she is COO of USEKRA: Center for Creative Investigation, a 501C3 creatives retreat.