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Women in Art Organisation

History of the Women in Art Organisation

​The Women In Art Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago was founded by artist, Fraulein Rudder on 18​th July, 1996. She saw the need for women artists to be brought to the fore and have more exposure; thus creating an awareness of their contribution to the arts. By exploring, discovering and developing techniques, and exhibiting with the Annual Women In Art exhibition, this has been achieved over the last sixteen years under her leadership. The organization also encourages young aspiring artists through the Biennial Art Competition for Fifth and Sixth Form Art students, which was introduced in 1998 and has been quite successful through the years.

The launching of the Women in Art at the gallery 1234, 20th July 1996. From right to left, Leroy Clarke, Fraulein Rudder and Lisa Chu Foon.

The Aims and Objectives of the Women in Art Organisation

  1. An annual exhibition of “Women in Art”.
  2. To provide for the promotion and appreciation of art.
  3. Hosting workshops and seminars for members and aspiring artists. To organise art exhibitions both locally and abroad.
  4. To connect with women art groups abroad; eg. Women in the Arts Museum of Washington DC (nmwa.org).
  5. Field trips to locations of aesthetic interest; eg. Lopinot, Asa Wright Nature Centre, La Vega, Wild Fowl Trust, Botanical Gardens, etc.

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The Women in Art Organisation’s Annual Exhibition

This exhibition, introduced in July 1997, has been quite successful through the years in achiving a greater awareness of the talents of our women in the arts. It is an avenue for them to display their work in the diverse forms of visual arts, in categories such as painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, fabrics, etc. And thus create an awareness of the diverse contribution our women make to the arts.

Pat Bishop delivering opening speech at first exhibition at Hotel Normandie.

Learn more about the Women in Art Organisation’s Annual Exhibition.

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Outstanding Achievements of the Women in Art Organisation

  • Guardian General Ltd. selected the paintings of two fellow artists for its 2003 Calendar. They are Ms. Alison Wells and Mrs. Fraulein Rudder.
  • Colonial Life Insurance Ltd. (CLICO) also selected a printing of fellow artists, Ann Stapleton, for its 2003 calendar.
  • The Women in Art Organisation with its founder and president, Fraulein Rudder, as the curator, assisted in launching the Top of the Mount Art Gallery. The women’s art works filled the gallery to welcome the Miss Universe deligates of 1999 to their first official function at Mount Saint Benedict.

    Fraulein Rudder discusses her painting with Miss Universe 1999, Wendy Fitzwilliam

    Wendy Fitzwilliam cutting the ribbon at Women in Art exhibition.

  • An invitation from Mrs. Diane Chen, manager of Kapok Hotel, for members to show their work at the Bois Cano Lounge over a period of four years respectively.

    Women in Art requested by Kapok Hotel to hold an exhibition at Bois Cano.

  • A charitable request from Diana Mahabir Wyatt of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, for paintings depicting “A Happy Family” to be displayed on the walls of their newly acquired building on Robinson Ville, Belmont. Members responded generously. There are nine paintings donated by nine artists from the Women in Art Organisation adorning the walls of the building. These were;
  • Carol Lewis
  • Cynthia Ellis
  • Michelle Tappin
  • Ann Stapleton
  • Anashia Ali
  • Roslyn Haynes
  • Fraulein Rudder
  • Krimhilde Johnson
  • Shakuntala Mohammed
  • Two fellow artists were selected during the Women in Art Organisation’s Annual Exhibition to show jointly the following year; An offortunity for those who had never shown solo before. These were Alison Wells and Nicole Miles, and also Charmaine Kelly and Ann Stapleton.
  • Invitation to international exhibitions, with individual artists representing the organisation at times;
  • Hettie De Gannes – China
  • Lisa O’Connor – London
  • Fraulein Rudder – St. Kitts / Nevis and London
  • Three members were honoured by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs for their contribution to culture.
    International Year of the Woman, 2005
  • Hettie De Gannes – sculpture
  • Cynthia Douglas – business / sculpture
  • Fraulein Rudder – contribution to art and culture

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The Women in Art Organisation’s Logo

The logo was designed by Fraulein Rudder and executed by daughter Simone Rudder who is also an artist. This was achieved in the year 1997. The palette symbolizes the abyss of creativity. The rays emanating from the eye of the palette signify the creative energies of the mind’s eye.

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