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Women's Work: Second Wave Feminist Artists: Getting Started

Fall 2015 - In support of the Smith College Museum of Art exhibition, Women's Work: Feminist Art from the Collection,

This guide offers suggestions for basic research on feminist art from the 1960s through the 1980s, supporting the Smith College Museum of Art exhibition, "Women's Work: Feminist Art from the Collection." It provides guidance for finding books and exhibition catalogs; articles in art journals and news media; and websites, images, and museum resources about feminist art in general, the individual artists featured in the exhibition, as well as recent works on Second Wave Feminism.


Reference Sources

Encyclopedias are a great place to start your research. Entries provide basic facts, images, and a bibliography to start your literature search.

Art Oversize N6503.N67 1995
North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century, ed. Jules Heller and Nancy G. Heller. New York: Garland, 1995.
A reference source for biographical information on women artists from Canada, Mexico, and the USA. The 1,500 entries cover those artists that were born before 1960, and who have worked in a wide range of arts from painting and sculpture to performance art.

Using the Art Library

Art Research Help

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Barbara Polowy
Hillyer Art Library

Head of the Hillyer Art Library and
Interim Director of Teaching, Learning, and Research