Letter from WCADC President

Updated: Feb 1


It was only after I joined WCA that I learned that art by women is miserably underrepresented in most museum collections. I think some museums have recently brought the percentage of art by women in their collections up to not quite 10%. That’s progress? This is 2021?!!

Okay, so stop being so shocked and dismayed. Do something about it! So, I post articles regularly about artists who are women on our Facebook Group page. Some consciousness-raising never hurts. By the number of likes and hearts, I think many of you enjoy seeing or reading these. Then, I came across this article about a royal village in Burkina Faso where every house is a work of art: https://mymodernmet.com/african-village-burkina-faso/?fbclid=IwAR08HxTjSt_69XG1NusAUM17HoViL_PMrLvFp3mFZVXi9nTjlXeVNyRg4CE

I did a little internet sleuthing. Sure enough, the art was done by the women of the village.

Some of you may know that I’m a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, and that I was posted to a Polynesian country. There, the women make bark cloth, and using pigments they mix from natural sources, paint the cloths with designs representing things in their environment or culture.

Samoan Tapa Cloth