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Women in Arts Education Past and present

February 26th - April 6th, 2019

Artists' reception: Saturday, March 16th, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Title images, from left: Louisa Benhissen, "Service Industry", oil painting; Amelia Amador "0300", photograph; Emily Schellenberg "Go in Shadows", acrylic painting. Above, from left: Gloria Benomar, "Cypress Trees" and "Village Street and Steps in Auvers with Two Figures", Lily Walker "Rainy Day in St. Mark’s Square". Above, right: Susanne Kübler French, "Guardian", ceramic sculpture.

A landmark exhibition, featuring over 50 artworks by 31 women artist-educators, teaching art in high schools and higher education across Merced County. Recognizing artists who have passed, retired and are currently teaching, in conjunction with National Women's History Month in March.

A wide variety of media are on display in both 2-D and 3-D art. Top right: Lynn Morrison, "Contemplation", soapstone sculpture.

This exhibition is sponsored by Fem | In | Art, a local collective of women in the Arts, supporting female, artistic endeavors. Special thanks to Merced College faculty Louisa Benhissen and Benjamin Serpa, for curating this exhibition.

Left to right: Cheryl Barnett (Merced College, retired) in the foundry; Laura Eckman (Atwater High School) with a student winner at the Congressional Arts Competition; Louisa Benhissen (Merced College) instructing a student in painting; Ann Mendershausen (Merced College, retired) at work.

High School Educators

  • Amelia Amador, El Capitan
  • Gloria Benomar, Golden Valley
  • Sharon Caredio, Pacheco
  • Stephanie Conrardy, Delhi
  • Laura Eckman, Atwater
  • Trinidad Gallegos, Los Banos
  • Sarah Hill-Gremillion, El Capitan
  • Melissa Mathis, Pacheco
  • Lauren Petiti, El Capitan
  • Natalie Porter, Buchach Colony
  • Robin Thomas, Atwater
  • Lily Walker, Livingston

College Educators

  • Louisa Benhissen, Merced College
  • Kerry Brooke, Merced College
  • Stephanie Disch, Merced College, CSU Stanislaus
  • Susanne Kübler French, Merced College
  • Tonya Lopez-Craig, UC Merced
  • Alana Perlin, Merced College
  • Emily Schellenberg, Merced College
  • Kimberly Thompson, Merced College, Sacramento State

Retired Educators

  • Cheryl Barnett, Merced College
  • Jennifer Hondeville, Merced High School
  • Karen LeCocq, Merced College, UC Merced
  • Ann Mendershausen, Merced College
  • Lynn Morrison, Merced College
  • Jude Pittman, Merced College, College of San Mateo
  • Sue Thompson, Merced High School

Educators no longer with us

  • Ocean Jones/Carolyn Bunch, lived 1947-2018
  • Lois Lessard LeCocq, lived 1925-2015
  • Edyna Sischo-Nownejad, lived 1930-2002
  • Magda Soliz-French, lived 1933-2009

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