Artist Roundtable

Collaboration as a Strategy in Contemporary Feminist Activist Art

Collaborative working methodologies have been crucial to feminist art practice since the 1970s, and the collective approach continues to be an especially effective strategy for feminist artists today.

This artist roundtable will examine a variety collaborative approaches being used by contemporary artists to address social, political, and environmental subjects. Subjects addressed by scholars in women and gender studies are likely to have artists using visual strategies to bring attention to the same issues. This roundtable will examine a range media, and collaborative practice between artists and activists, community organizers, community and public organizations.


Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli, (she, her, hers) is a community artist at Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) and Artist-in-Resident at the Madison City Library Bubbler, and author of the book Art Journal Your Archetypes.

Helen Klebesadel, (she, her, hers) is a visual artist, educator, and Emeritus Director of the UW Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium, and co-facilitator of collaborative projects such as The Flowers Are Burning Art and Climate Justice Project with Mary Kay Neumann and The Exquisite Uterus Project with Alison Gates.

Roundtable Participants:

Angela Trudell Vasquez, (she, her, hers) is the current city of Madison Poet Laureate. She received her MFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her fourth collection of poetry, My People Redux, was published by Finishing Line Press in January 2022.

Meri Rose Ekberg, (she, her, hers) is an arts administrator, Community & Cultural Resources Planner for the City of Madison and Managing Director of Make Music Madison. She received her MA in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison and her MA in Art History from the School of the Art institute of Chicago.

Maia Pearson, (she, her, hers) is a visual artist, a polygot, community organizer and activist. She is the Wisconsin State Director at Rise and is a member of Madison’s Board of Education. Maia received her International Relations and East Asian studies degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Beth Racette, (she, her, hers) is a visual artist, curator, and Overture Center Gallery Manager.