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Art sale for scholarships

Image courtesy of the Women’s Art Institute.

It’s spring! What better time to spruce up your home or office — and what better way to do it than with a new piece of art?

Nearly 100 artists, including faculty from St. Catherine University’s Department of Art and Art History, have donated multiple pieces of their work to the Women’s Art Institute (WAI) Scholarship Fund Benefit Sale on Saturday, March 16.

Admission is free and open to the public. The sale runs 3–8 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building on the St. Paul campus. The artists include:

  • Carol Lee Chase (assistant professor of painting and drawing)
  • Elizabeth Erickson
  • Greg Dickerson
  • Kat Corrigan
  • Michal Sagar
  • Patricia Olson (associate professor of art)
  • Phyllis Weiner
  • Shana Kaplow
  • Todd Deutsch (associate professor of art)

The sale will include paintings, sculpture and prints. Most of the items will be priced between $100 and $150. All proceeds will fund full and partial scholarships for the Women’s Art Institute Summer Studio Intensive at St. Kate’s in June.

“Women artists still make only 72 cents for every $1 a male artist makes,” says Olson, who has contributed prints of her “Feminist Revisionary” painting (that hangs in the lobby of the art building) to the event. “Buying artwork from this sale will support the training women artists need to achieve their aspirations and succeed.”

The Women’s Art Institute provides established women artists with the opportunity to pursue deeper levels of understanding and expressions in their work. More than 200 artists, between the ages of 19 and 73, have participated in its nationally recognized summer program.

Olson has taught at the institute since her artist friend, Erickson, established it at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1999. The studio program will be held at St. Kate’s for the first time this summer, with Olson as director.

For more information about the sale, email

To learn more about the Women’s Art Institute, download the brochure and application form.

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