Founding Co-Director of Rutgers Institute for Women and Art
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Dr. Ferris Olin is Founding Co-Director of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art and Co-Curator of the nationally recognized and award-winning Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, the oldest continuous exhibition space dedicated to showing the work of emerging and established contemporary women artists. Since 1994, Olin has organized more than 50 exhibitions featuring the work of over 220 women artists, as well as companion programming under the auspices of the Series.
She is the Principal Investigator for the Getty-funded Women Artists Archive National Directory –an innovative web directory to U.S. archival collections of primary source materials by and about women visual artists active in the U.S. since 1945, which also received support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She is Co- Director of The Feminist Art Project, a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present; and she has initiated and administered many grant-funded projects using emerging technologies.
Ferris Olin joined the Rutgers faculty in 1976 as Director of the Art Library, where she served as its first professional art librarian and increased its collections and services to the wider Rutgers community. She has also held numerous leadership roles within the Rutgers University Libraries including: Head of the Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries, reinvigorating the then moribund group, creating marketing and communications campaigns for the libraries, and setting fundraising agendas for the libraries; reference librarian, performing arts bibliographer, and Reference Team Leader at Douglass Library. She was Founding Head of the Margery Somers Foster Center, from 2000-2006 , and increased collections focused on women and leadership in all arenas and established the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists, which houses a major research collection of primary documents about the feminist art movement through organizational records and the personal papers of women artists. At Rutgers, Olin also served as Executive Director of the Institute for Research on Women and the Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women’s Studies from 1965-1994. She is a Full Professor.
Olin is an art historian, women’s studies scholar and librarian and the author of numerous publications, as well as a sought-after speaker on diverse topics in American cultural and visual studies. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jersey City Museum, the Feminist Theorist Papers at Brown University, and the Neighborhood Narratives Project; on the Editorial Board for Visual Resources; and past Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association.
Dr. Olin has been a tireless and passionate advocate for women artists and has devoted herself to ensuring the visibility of their work and their aesthetic and intellectual impact on cultural history. She is the recipient of the 2008 Art to Life Award, A.I.R. Gallery and Art and Living Magazine, Alice Paul Equality Award, Alice Paul Institute, and the Douglass Medal, Douglass College and Association Alumnae of Douglass College; she received a 2004 Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History; and was honored with the 2007 Annual Recognition Annual from the College Art Association Committee on Women in the Arts.