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Smithsonian American Art Museum Releases 10 Comics Online Featuring Pioneering Women Artists

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has released a second set of 10 short comics online, each celebrating a female artist with works represented in the museum’s permanent collection. The trailblazing artists, featured in the 2022 “Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists” set, are Judy Baca, Tiffany Chung, Sonya Clark, Sarah Goodridge, Ester Hernandez, Loïs Mailou Jones, Nellie Mae Rowe, Augusta Savage, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (Confederate Salish and Kootenai Nation) and Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee Nation).

Inspired by graphic novels and webcomics, these short films about the lives of artists were drawn by 10 student illustrators from Ringling College of Art and Design. Participating illustrators are Stephanie Bravo, Rebe Chen, Micah Eubanks, Elisia Fernandez, Aleyah Lyon, Susie O’Connor, Abigail Rajunov, Oliver Stephenson, Maddy Williams-Solberg and Madi Wong.

One of the goals of the project is to provide school-aged readers and art lovers of all ages with a beautifully illustrated, age-appropriate opportunity to identify with the struggles and triumphs of artists, to see themselves reflected and draw strength from it. visibility. “Drawn to Art” supports the museum’s commitment to educational opportunity by providing valuable professional experience for Ringling student artists who learn to work collaboratively, meet deadlines, and meet formatting and accessibility requirements.

“I’m thrilled to see this second series of SAAM’s ‘Drawn to Art’ comics come to life,” said Stephanie Stebich, Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “This innovative project provides another opportunity for young people, or anyone interested in artists and their stories, to experience the museum’s rich collection and experience the power of art.”

The first digital series debuted in 2021. It featured the stories of Berenice Abbott, Anni Albers, Romaine Brooks, Maria Oakey Dewing, Carmen Herrera, Corita Kent, Edmonia Lewis, Kay Sekimachi, Alma Thomas and Mickalene Thomas. All 20 comics can be viewed on the museum’s website.

“Drawn to Art” is a collaboration with Ringling College’s INDEX (Industry Experience) program. INDEX is an experiential education initiative that provides students with pre-graduation work experience by connecting them with leading brands and customers to develop creative solutions to business challenges. The 10 winning students were chosen from among 39 illustration students who participated in the INDEX contest.

“The partnership between Ringling College and the Smithsonian American Art Museum exemplifies why we launched INDEX – to embed experiential learning into scholars and student life as one of the three pillars of academic and future success” , said Jeff Schwartz, associate vice president for academic studies. Business and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Ringling College of Art and Design. “The SAAM staff provided an experience far beyond simple mentorship by teaching our students to build a compelling story around each of these historically significant artists. The opportunity to work with the Smithsonian American Art Museum to delve into the lives of other underrepresented artists and bring their stories to life is a premier portfolio and career development experience.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum houses one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. The main museum building, located on Eighth Street and G NW, is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum’s Renwick Gallery, a museum dedicated to contemporary crafts and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Check online for hours opening hours and admission information. Free entry. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website: americanart.si.edu.

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Since 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students around the world. The private, non-profit, fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts in 11 disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The college’s rigorous curriculum uses the studio teaching model and immediately engages students in a comprehensive curriculum that is both major-specific and liberal arts-focused. Ringling College’s teaching model ultimately molds students into highly employable, globally aware artists and designers. For more information, visit ringling.edu and follow the college on Facebook, Instagram, TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

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