Thursday, October 13, 2011

Coffee with Cool Women: Dail Chambers

Dail Chambers discussing her work
 This year, Catherine Seltzer, director of the Women's Studies Program, created a series "Coffee with Cool Women" where groups of faculty and students have conversations with cool women. Last week, we co-sponsored one of the talks, and the featured guest was Dail Chambers, a St. Louis-based artist.

I met Dail some months ago at a reading that Treasure Shields Redmond gave at GYA Community Gallery & Fine Craft Shop.  The gallery and shop is operated by the Yeyo Arts Collective, which is “dedicated to women's art and topics surrounding women’s issues; including family youth, and community.” Dail is a founding member of the collective.

When Catherine Seltzer was taking suggestions on whom we might invite for the "Coffee with Cool Women" series, Dail immediately came to mind. She's an artist and community organizer, and beyond the cool-ness, she fits the bill for what we used to call back in the day "conscious."

During her time with us last Wednesday, Dail led a discussion about producing art, working with various folks in typically under-served communities, and engaging a wide range of ideas. We had a good time and learned something. 

Related: This Week in CAS: Coffee with Cool Women: Dail Chambers

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