Jul 12th 2017

Women have long made profound contributions to the medium of painting, but are routinely left out of the art historical spotlight. Please join painters Caroline Liu, Pooja Pittie, and curator Sheridan Tucker in conversation with The Joyce Foundation’s Director of Culture Program, Tracie D. Hall to discuss the erasure of women of color in the arts and the need for equality and diversity within the art historical canon.



Caroline Liu is an artist who creates paintings that visually navigate the inner workings of her concussed mind. Four years ago, a solid wood door fell several feet onto her head and her short-term memory never fully recovered. Her work became a therapeutic practice and vehicle for self-exploration and documentation of her everyday struggles as a person with irreparable memory loss. Through repetitive patterns, mark making, and textural floral elements, her paintings depict personal narratives that focus on feelings of identity, vulnerability, and loss.

Pooja Pittie is a visual artist who lives and works in Chicago. Born and raised in India, she studied finance and accounting and moved to the U.S. in 1999. Pooja relocated to Chicago to pursue an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, which led her to a career in finance and entrepreneurship. In late 2015, she decided to follow her lifelong passion for art and shifted her focus to painting full-time. Pooja has an incurable and progressive form of muscular dystrophy and uses painting as a way to capture some of the movement she has lost through her disability. Along with the HATCH residency, Pooja is also a participant of the Spring 2017 Bridge Program at the Hyde Park Art Center.

Brittney Leeanne Williams is a Chicago-based studio artist who is originally from LA. She attended the School of the Art Institute from 2008-2009. Her work has exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago, Madison, WI, and Ann Arbor, MI. This spring she will have work exhibited in San Francisco’s Luggage Store Gallery as well as exhibit work in the Art Incubator’s Petty Biennial. She also does conceptual work, including set design for the short film Self-Deportation (which has screened at film festivals nationally and internationally, including the 15th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival and the Pineapple Underground Film Festival, Hong Kong). Currently a resident of Chicago Artist Coalition’s HATCH residency, Brittney will also be a resident at the notable Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency this summer.


Sheridan Tucker is a curator and art historian who is interested in exploring cultural phenomena through visual art. Sheridan seeks to introduce new ideas of inclusion and diversity in arts institutions through cultural pluralism and community engagement. She is currently a Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at the Museum of Contemporary Photography and a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. She has a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago.

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