NOMINATIONS CHAIR: Sandra Mueller
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Debra Claffey, Melanie Houghton, Donna Moran, Janice Nesser-Chu, Margaret Parker, Yuriko Takata
The WCA Nominations Chair is pleased to announce that art historian Margo Hobbs has been nominated for President Elect. Margo is a tenured faculty member at Muhlenberg College, member of the WCA board and co-chair for the 2016TFAP day of panels. The WCA President Elect candidate will take office in February 2016 when Brenda Oelbaum’s term ends and Susan M. King’s term as WCA President begins. The President Elect serves alongside the President for two years and then becomes WCA President in February 2018. Later this month, each member will receive a special email with an electronic ballot. Please be sure to cast your vote and special thanks to nomination committee members Debra Claffey, Melanie Houghton, Donna Moran, Janice Nesser-Chu, Margaret Parker and Yuriko Takata for their service.
Margo Hobbs: My vision for the National WCA is closely aligned with the organization’s primary interests: promoting opportunities for women artists, developing and supporting feminist initiatives, and advocating for professional equity. Success in these areas depends upon women in the art world finding unity in our differences to work together.
Enhanced diversity in the membership (professional and generational as well as in terms of race, class, and sexuality) is essential for the WCA to thrive. Most immediately, I am committed to reconciling the disparate agendas of artists and art historians, and to encouraging feminist art historians who write about and curate contemporary women artists to be actively involved in the WCA. Artists, historians, curators, and critics sometimes seem to exist in their own silos, barely communicating. These divisions can be overcome when we find common ground in shared feminist concerns within the art world, for example enhancing opportunities for women to participate in all of these fields. Feminists in all areas of the art world can unite and contribute their unique expertise in pointing to where gender intersects with the global concerns in which the WCA has a stake as an NGO, including climate change, war and displacement, and security and surveillance. As artists and scholars, members look to the WCA to support our professional development in the studio, the archive, and the classroom.
The WCA must actively counter the popular disparagement of the arts and humanities. The injudicious reliance on adjunct professors and technology are factors in the increasing precariousness of employment in higher education, and must be resisted. A diverse membership will bring to light the specific concerns that women artists and academics confront, to ensure that inequities are effectively addressed. I look forward to our advancing together.
BIOGRAPHY : MARGO HOBBS is Associate Professor of Art History at Muhlenberg College, where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary art. Her writing on art, gender, sexuality, and feminism has been published in Art History, n.paradoxa, Genders, and GLQ. She edited a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies on lesbians and art in 2010. Her chapter “The Blatant Image and the Question of Visual Pleasure” will appear in the forthcoming anthology Queer Theory and Visual Culture: Rethinking Identity and the Sexed Body, edited by Christopher Reed and Jongwoo Jeremy Kim for Ashgate Press. With artist Zoë Charlton (American University), she is organizing the Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the College Art Association annual conference in February 2016, on the theme of feminism, intersectionality and performance. Her current research interests include feminist photography and erotic art made by and for women.
Margo earned her Ph.D. in Art History at Northwestern University, with her dissertation on female body imagery in the feminist art movement. She has an MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis.