Authors’ Notes

by Samantha McDermott & Jerian Franco

Mallory Vining and Caroline Carr in  Beth

Mallory Vining and Caroline Carr in Beth

In the 1920’s the Parisian art scene was a vibrant amalgamation of some of the most phenomenal talent in the world at the time. There were men, yes, but there were also many women doing the same things as the men. Yet, we remember so few of them as compared to the men of their time.

Our version of Macbeth is set here. The story follows a painter, a woman’s nightmare journey beginning in innocence and descending into destruction, despair, and darkness.

Ambition is a quality born in both genders. If ambition is crushed and one must disguise the center of one’s being in order to achieve success, what torture comes from this? What art?

This is the motivation for our Beth as we paint the bloody picture of her life and love.

If you are sitting in your chair, comfortable thinking about how far we’ve come, think again. Here are a few facts about women in today’s art world:

* Only 9 out of 52 winners of the National Book Award for Fiction are women.

* 94% of all writing awards at the Oscars have gone to men.

* Less than 5% of artists in the modern art section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are women.

* 51% of all visual artists are female and women hold 53% of art degrees, but 80% of college faculty members are male.

We dedicate this show to the many female artists that have suffered and fought to create and survive.

Sources: A Room of Her Own: A Foundation for Women Writers and Aritsts; Gurrilla Girls