A 6x3 grid of thumbnails of works from the exhibit.

Pandemic Art Lessons: A Women’s Art Institute Online Initiative

October 26, 2020
December 11, 2020
Patricia Olson & Paige Tighe
Hend Al-Mansour, Leslie Barlow, Beth Bergman, Rita Collins, Teresa Cribelli, Paola de la Calle, Nicole Drilling, GOODW.Y.N, Carolyn Halliday, Susan Hensel, Fawzia Khan, Sarah Kilgallon, Catherine Alice Michaelis/May Day Press, Gwen Partin, Nancy Robinson, Natalie Vestin

This online initiative of the Women’s Art Institute is co-sponsored by The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery.

Curators' Statement

During these months of the coronavirus pandemic, subsequent isolation and social upheaval, artists have turned on their creativity, delving deeply into their studio practice. While some have taken on these events as a subject, others have seemingly worked in opposition to its effect on our lives. In these wide-ranging responses to our invitation, artists demonstrate that art cannot be denied even in these confounding times. We are proud and pleased to present the work of these sixteen women and non-binary artists and the lessons they have gleaned from these past months grappling with the coronavirus pandemic.

– Patricia Olson and Paige Tighe, Co-curators


Janet Lunder Hanafin, Lessons on the pandemic: the art that emerges from isolation, Villager, November 11-24, 2020.

Virtual Artists’ Talk

Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 pm CST

Join three of our invited artists, Carolyn Halliday, Fawzia Khan and Natalie Vestin, as well as the curators, for an in-depth discussion of their work. To participate, email wai@stkate.edu by 3 pm on Tuesday, December 1. Please indicate if ASL interpretation is needed. All participants will receive a link to the artist talk in advance of the event.

See recording of event below.



Pandemic Art Lessons: A Women's Art Institute Online Initiative

We want to see your art! Have you made artwork that addresses issues and emotions around the pandemic, social justice issues, or other events in this unusual time? If so, we’d like to see it! Please send an image (jpeg, 300 dpi, approximately 5”x7”) along with your name, title, medium and dimensions to: waipandemic@gmail.com. We will post these weekly at Pandemic Art Annex (button below) as they come in. Note that all submitted images are subject to curation, both technical and contextual.


About the Women’s Art Institute: Since 1999, the Women’s Art Institute has offered events relevant to contemporary women’s art practice, as well as a four-week summer intensive studio course for advanced women and non-binary artists of all ages and backgrounds. This innovative and rigorous course focuses on issues and art that arise through the combination of open studio work, intense individual tutoring, inspiring conversation and critiques, and presentations from guest artists, critics and art historians. The Women’s Art Institute is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History at St. Catherine University and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The next Summer Studio Intensive course takes place in June 2021.

For more information about the Women's Art Institute, please visit stkate.edu/events/wai.