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Lifetime Achievement Awards Catalog 2012
40th Anniversary Editon

Essays by Mary D. Garrad and Barbara A. Wolanin
It also includes a collections of reflections by Award Recipients
and Past Presidents.

Excerpted, page 5 from the essay :
"Milestones over the Four Decades of the Women's Caucus for Art"
by Barbara A. Wolanin

"In the forty years since the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) was conceived in 1972, opportunities for women in the arts, and knowledge about the accomplishments of women artists throughout history, have expanded
dramatically, this is due to the activism and the dedicated efforts of feminist organizations, such as WCA, as well as of individuals, including the WCA founders, leaders, and Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.
For four decades WCA members have worked to recognize the contributions of women in the arts and to educate the public about them, as well as to expand networking, exhibition, and leadership opportunities for women.Association (CAA)."

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Several books with references to WCA's first days:


THE POWER OF FEMINIST ART: The Amerian Movement of the 1970's,
History and Impact

Edited by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrad

Excerpted, page 93:

“In 1972, feminism's new ”permanent“ status in the arts was manifested in three important developments. First, the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) was created on January 28, 1972, at the San Francisco convention of the College Art Association (CAA).”



Karen Frostig and K. A. Halamka
Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women and Feminism.
Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2007)

Eleanor Dickinson, Report on the History of the Women's Caucus for Art.
In K. Frostig & K. A. Halamka (Eds.), Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women and Feminism (pp. 37-69). New Castle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (2007) Track change edits for “Report on the History of the Women's Caucus for Art” by DeRenne Coerr and copy edits by Barbara Benziger

Excerpted, page 37:

”The Women’s Caucus for Art was born in anger and nurtured by challenge and innovation for many years thereafter. Following a series of major upheavals in Europe and the United States, never-ending wars, “police actions” and war protests left wide-spread feelings of dissatisfaction with the conditions of life that previous generations had been willing to fight for. The Civil Rights movement, begun to end racial discrimination in America, had raised awareness of many other kinds of discrimination in the educational system, employment, and housing, and in the military forces where racial segregation both of the African Americans and the Japanese Americans had forced them into concentration camps on doubts of their patriotism. These movements raised questions of many other forms of discrimination, such as when women were forced to give up their war time jobs as men returned from the battlefields.“

To read more, please order the book, or ask you local library to order the Blaze book.


Women’s Caucus for Art Records
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

Browse the list of records from 1972-88, if you are looking for items concerning these years.
An updated container list is available, please contact Fernanda Perrone at hperrone@rci.rutgers.edu for a copy or to access the records.”