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Voices and Visions from the New Frontier: 
A Symposium on Women and Art in the 21st Century
presented by American Women Artists – November 14, 2015

As part of a diverse schedule of events surrounding the opening of the 2015 Annual Master & Signature Members Show & National Juried Exhibition, American Women Artists presents Voices and Visions from the New Frontier, a symposium featuring a full slate of speakers from around the country who examine the current state of the art world from the perspective of women artists.

The Symposium will be held in the Stage 2 at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, November 14 , from 10am-3:30pm. Seats for this premiere event must be reserved by contacting AWA Executive Director Diane Swanson at

Schedule of Presentations:

COWGIRL RISING – AWA Master Signature Member Donna Howell Sickles, will share her personal story as she talks about what inspires her, how she achieved her phenomenal success in Western art.

WHAT THINGS MAY COME (ARE ALREADY HERE!): A TECH TALK FOR ARTISTS -Kiki Seror, Adjunct Professor Art & Art History, Copper Mountain College, Joshua Tree, CA, will discuss and demonstrate the ins and outs of 3D technology and the game-changing impact it’s having on everything from sculpture to art forgery. 

NEW FRONTIERS: COPYRIGHT CHALLENGES FOR THE VISUAL ARTIST IN THE DIGITAL AGE – Connie Mableson, Esq., Adjunct Professor Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law – ASU, Founding Partner, Mableson Law Group, Phoenix, AZ, will give us a candid and practical assessment of the complexities facing artists in the digital age.

ARTIST AS INFLUENCER – Jeanette Getrost, fashion illustrator and Intagram phenom, discusses the impact of social media on the art world. The best way to understand both why and how we should incorporate social media into our marketing – especially Instagram –  is to look at the rise of a young artist who has leveraged the promise of social media into a lucrative business.

ART AS A SECOND ACT – A Panel Discussion, featuring: Kim Casebeer, Darcy Peet, Kim Lordier, Sandy Corpora, Georgene MacGonagle, and Krystii Melaine. To be moderated by AWA Board Member and gallery owner Robin Knowlton. A panel of distinguished artists discuss the choices, challengesand rewards of art as a second career.