As a 65 year old artist I know the difficulties that exists for older women artists to be given opportunities to show their work through exhibitions and other artistic venues. This award will send a message that we are just as capable to exhibit in national and private galleries. We have become invisible in life and in art. We have postponed our pursuits in art because of working, raising a family, and just surviving.
I have another opinion about photographic contests which choose work that is very technically savvy, however, if you are a young man or woman coming from the South Bronx or other urban schools, most of the time you don’t have the resources to compete. So the person who shot a fantastic image from the high end Canon, or used an expensive editing program can win another expensive camera. There are artists who use less expensive equipment but have the eyes, the passion, and the heart to make work that is just as good, if not better. So, yes, I went off on a tangent, but this also needed to be addressed because it all relates to each other. Women who are retired and managing on a fixed income, also have to make do with what they have, and still create work that encompasses their vision and their experiences.
Women artists who are over 50 have a lot to contribute, and many of them are of color as well. So I am delighted to know that this prize will offer a much needed boost to women artists over 50. I know I would love to be acknowledged until I am at the ripe old age of 100, but now is ok too.