For the past year I have been part of an academic project to rediscover the history of women artists in Illinois from 1840 and 1940. My research has been focused on early female photographers, from studio owners in Central Illinois to the work of Clara Brian and others who were part of the Illinois Home Extension Bureau, and were pioneers of using photography as community education tools in rural settings.
Tomorrow, students from Bradley, Northern, Southern and ISU will be gathering to share their research and experiences in doing this research on their topics. I will be speaking on the Photography of the Home Extension Bureau, including documentation that photography was used by many women in the Bureau as part of their community outreach over the years, and comparing the images made by these women to other documents made for the Bureau by outside studios.
It will be an amazing day, please consider joining us!