Feminist art displayed for ‘Women’s Week’


By Danny Mounce      Students will have a chance to see some great works of  art during woman’s history month. Suffolk County Community College’s Grant campus, located in Brentwood, is showcasing an art exhibit of Nancy Azara’s Visual Diaries, from March 17 through April 14, in Gallery West located in the Captree Commons building.

According to the SUNY Suffolk press release, “Visual diaries is a powerful exhibition of feminist artwork from participants at the New York Feminist Art Institute (1979-1990) that uses drawings as a personal diary to express the inner life or landscape of the artists.

The diaries are from 1979 to the present as many artists have continued contributing to their diaries over the years.”

Azara is no stranger to Suffolk Community College. She has had her art work shown here before. “She had stuff here last year; I had to do a paper on it,” said Samantha Jackle, a liberal arts major.

“She really likes using hands and leaves in her art work. It’s beautiful.” said Casey Farrell, a liberal arts major, “I like that it’s a collection of art from different people instead of just one person.”

According to her website nancyazara.com “Azara is a sculptor and book artist who has displayed her work in New York City and throughout the United States. She was a founder of the New York Feminist Art Institute (NYFAI) in 1979, where she served on the board and taught a workshop called “Consciousness Raising, Visual Diaries, Art Making” for many years. She is also the author of the book, Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art, and wrote an essay, “In Pursuit of the Divine” for The Kensington and Winchester Papers: Painting, Sculpture and the Spiritual Dimension.”

Azara’s exhibit is on display for the rest of woman’s history month, until April 14. Gallery West is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for more information call 548-2559.

Artist Nancy Azara's work was exhibited during Women's Week along with the work of other feminist artists. The showcase was presented on the Grant Campus.

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