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"Lois Ann Bock DiCosola Included in Publication: Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975"
2007-01-29 until 2007-01-29
University of Illinois Press
Champaign, IL, USA United States of America

Lois Ann Bock DiCosola, who has been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com since 2005, announces that she will be included in "Feminists Who Changed America 1963 -- 1975" published by University of Illinois Press, Barbara Love, editor. DiCosola, Lois Ann Bock (1935 ) An established artist by the 1950s, DiCosola was one of 12 women who in 1969 began planning an exhibit of works by women artists. Called X-12, The Pioneer Feminist Art Exhibition, it took place in January 1970 at Museum, 729 Broadway in NYC, and served as a model for later feminist exhibits. DiCosola, who has one child, holds a Fine Arts degree from Prospect Heights (1953), studied for a year at the Museum of Modern Art art school (1951) and earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from SUNY. Archives: The Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and Guild Hall Museum, Easthampton, NY.

From the artist's statement regarding the pioneer Feminist art exhibition, X12-
"Though it would seem that a feminist art exhibition would not have been for me, because I already had a career as a professional working and exhibiting artist, beginning in the early 1950s by the time of my involvement in X12 , I felt that accepting the invitation to participate at this critical time was important. Some of us were seasoned artists, while others were younger and newer to the world of art. The blend gave a sense of the passion of artists who were women in a very special way- the public saw the many kinds of creative expressions and styles by women of different ages and experiences. Grace Glueck, acknowledged X12 as being the first feminist art exhibition, in the New York Times; Lawrence Alloway, also wrote about X12 in his article, Women's Art in the Seventies, for Art in America; and Cindy Nemser wrote one of the first reviews for Arts magazine in the February 1970 issue, calling the show, ".... a potpourri of excitement." Today, "X12- X to the Twelfth Power", which was formed in the fall of 1969, and which opened in January of 1970 at Museum, 729 Broadway, in New York City, is known as the pioneer feminist art exhibition, the show that paved the way for future feminist exhibitions.

"The definitive book, called 'Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975', published by the University of Illinois press, and edited by Barbara Love, will be housed in the Sophia Smith collection archives at Smith College, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard, and many other libraries and research centers internationally."

Lois Bock DiCosola

The book, a partnership between Veteran Feminists of America and the Pioneer

Feminist Project, is the result of tireless volunteer work by dozens of dedicated feminists, who saw the need to document our history now and do it accurately, while we can still tell our own stories. Nancy Cott, a prominent professor of Women's History at Harvard and director of the Schlesinger Library, has written the Foreword, which "brilliantly sets the stage for the struggles and successes of our time," according to Barbara. "Researchers, scholars, journalists, historians, feminists and other experts should find this a valuable source of reliable information on the tenacious 'changemakers' who did so much to improve the lives of women."This book may be VFA's most lasting and important contribution to future generations. Ours is the first social revolution that will have the accomplishments of thousands of leaders documented, not only the handful of famous people at the top. I can't stress enough how grateful we are to Barbara Love for her tireless efforts to make this book happen, in addition to her financial generosity. The editing team included VFA directors Virginia Watkins and Grace Welch. Senior Editors, in addition to Muriel Fox, are VFA members Sara Evans, Sheila Tobias and Jacqui Ceballos. Barbara adds: "Thanks to the professionalism of our editors and the enthusiasm of honorees who submitted their biographies, this book reads like an exciting novel rather than the usual dull directory."

View more of Lois DiCosola's work in her Portfolio at absolutearts.com at http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/l/loisd/

Lois Di Cosola
Title: Swingthings 1961
Year Created: 1961
Medium: Oil Painting
Width: 46 inches
Height: 50 inches
Depth: 3 inches

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