- September, 2003 Quarterly #15
Is looking for an umbrella for the organization!
Women In Photography International - Changes & Expansion Women In
Photography International is currently seeking to expand its professional
network by merging with a university or foundation that has an established
history of commitment to the photographic arts.
Founded in 1981, WIPI, a nonprofit, 501.c3 organization, (headquartered
in Los Angeles) has successfully fulfilled it's raison d'être:
To promote the visibility of women photographers and their work. This
has been achieved by providing:
1. worldwide professional networks
2. online educational resources & member galleries
3. historical database of women photographers
4. on-going exhibitions & gallery affiliations
5. workshops & lecture programs
6. competitions, including the WIPI
20th Anniversary Exhibition ̉Tea Time, Images of Women, Images of
Tea and renown, collectors exhibition
7. quarterly publications, which is the foundation
of our current website and online gallery: www.wipi.org, reaching over
50,000 viewers a month
With Women In Photography Intl's steady growth, we feel it is the ideal
time to seek out an "umbrella" organization that will allow us to continue
fulfilling the needs of the growing numbers of women entering the field
of photography. With such a liaison, WIPI could expand it's administrative
staff, physical offices and increase services to it's membership in
the international photographic community.
We trust that our recent sponsors - Kodak
Foundation, Epson America, The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept., The
Stephen Cohen Gallery, Pierce College Foundation, Maryann Charis House
of Photographic Art, The Lomographic Society and Allworth Book Publishers
- along with the many talented women
working in the field of photography - will support this quest.
to serving an international network of photographers, Women in Photography
International has been devoted to preserving and perpetuating a west
coast presence for women working in the photographic arts with it's
extend outreach throughout the USA and Internationally. It's with this
in mind that we "fling down the gauntlet" to west coast universities,
museums and educational agencies (with accredited histories of commitment
to the work of women photographers) ~ challenging them to "pick up"
the 20 year legacy of Women in Photography International, the nonprofit
organization, and move forward!
There are so many doors to be opened, opportunities to grasp and artists
to encourage. WIPI has long met community needs for lecture programs,
educational workshops, exhibitions and
regional conferences that focus specifically on women working in the
photographic arts. Just think how much more can be accomplished once
a liaison with a university or museum is firmly in place?
For over ten years, we worked hand-in-hand with our beloved silent partner,
historian & curator Peter
Palmquist, (1937-2003) who encouraged us to "never give up" the
quest to serve and preserve the work of women photographers. Peter contributed
historical profiles from his Women in Photography International Archive
to our online publication: F2. Together we strove to reach out to
women photographers - those established and those yet unknown - to let
them know they mattered and that their work would not be lost because
WIPI would be their record.
It's with this raision d'être in mind that we are now approaching
the most esteemed curators, directors and overseers of women's role
in the history of photography on the west coast. Our goal is to link
up and soar! Please contact us to discuss the possibilities!
We invite you to learn more about Women in Photography International
by taking a tour of our website: www.womeninphotography.org
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