Women In Sports issue of On The Issues Magazine; Spring 2012
The 40th Anniversary of Title IX and the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 prompt writers & thinkers to take a look at the history, culture and role of women and sports in On The Issues Magazine Spring 2012.

Karen Shaw

The Art Perspective provides a visual and audio forum for artists to exhibit their art and present exciting responses to major themes of our day. This edition on Girls, Women & Sports highlights the work of Karen Shaw, a New York-based artist exploring her feminist reactions to what she sees as the male-dominated world of sports. Click on “Play" to view the art and hear audio descriptions by Karen Shaw about her work. I welcome feedback from online viewers: email to [email protected]

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Karen Shaw uses images and materials from pop-culture to address the sexism prevalent in the sports arena. Working in two and three dimensions, she invokes her "power” as an artist to feminize the macho wardrobe of the male athlete. The finished product is a mixture of masculine and feminine fashion that transcends typical gender boundaries.

Through her work, Shaw uses humor and passion to express her desire to see more girls and women represented in sports, and given the respect and celebration they deserve.

Shaw has been showing her work professionally for more than 35 years, including solo and group exhibitions in Paris, Germany, Switzerland and Guatemala, as well as across the United States. In New York, she has shown with Pavel Zoubok Gallery and Fredrieke Taylor Gallery.

Shaw has been awarded an NEA artist fellowship and an individual artist's grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and received residency grants in the south of France at the Karolyi Foundation. Her work is included in several museum collections including the Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell University in Ithaca NY and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, as well as the Vera List Gallery of the New School and the Portland Museum of Art in Portland Oregon.

She has taught drawing and painting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has twice been a visiting artist at Princeton University in New Jersey. For the past 37 years, she has been the senior curator at the Islip Art Museum and Carriage House, East Islip, NY.

Linda Stein is Art Editor of On the Issues Magazine. She is an artist-activist, lecturer, performer, video artist and currently has a three-year solo exhibition, The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein, traveling the country through 2013, accompanied by her feminist lecture: The Chance to be Brave, The Courage to Dare. Her web site is: www.LindaStein.com and her archives are at Smith College. Stein is Founding President of the non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Have Art: Will Travel! Inc. and V.P. of the Women's Caucus for Art. She is represented by Flomenhaft Gallery in Manhattan and Longstreth Goldberg Art in Florida. Recently, her seven-foot bronze sculpture has been sited at Portland State University in Oregon, and she is currently displaying an installation of five eight-feet windows in Downtown Crossing, Boston. Her work can also be seen on her blog, YouTube videos and website. Stein's work can next be seen from May 17, 2012, (Reception 6-8pm) through June 23, 2012, in New York at the Flomenhaft Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan.

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Mary Miss, who has founded the City as Living Lab, which provides a framework for making issues of social and environmental sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts.

Judy Chicago (born 1939) is a feminist artist, educator and author whose career spans almost half a century. She is known as one of the founders of the Feminist Art Movement, creating in the early 1970s the pioneering Feminist Art Program at Fresno State College (now California State University), which became a vehicle for intellectual stimulation and social change, influencing generations of women.

The art of Regina Frank incorporates textiles, computers, the Internet, solar and LED technology to investigate fields of tension, such as those between the rich and poor, virtual and real, analog and digital, masculine and feminine.

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Tammy Rae Carland: An artist tests identity by performing her father and mother in the Summer 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Judith K. Brodsky addresses discrimination against women in male arenas in the Spring 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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Martha Rosler, known for placing unsettling images in familiar places, in the Fall 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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Linda Stein’s sculpture envisions empowerment for women with HIV-AIDS in the May 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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