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Artemis Journal 2020 marks the centennial celebration of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote in 1920. Artemis Journal is a yearly publication of poetry and art from the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond. The theme is open-ended and not limited to female artists.
The Creekmore Law Firm recognizes a unique opportunity to support the arts with the Artful Lawyer Gallery space and to become a part of Blacksburg’s Creative Village
100 years ago, women gained the right to vote in the United States. As we celebrate this momentous event, we are honoring an artist who was also born 100 years ago and made an impact on the art scene here in our hometown, nationally and internally. Dorothy Gillespie, 1920-2012, supported our fledgling idea of starting a feminist literary and art journal by donating a beautiful pastel for our very first cover. The energy she brought to our journal and our hometown was contagious and along with the journal, the idea was born to create the very first mural in our downtown.
Gillespie, born in Roanoke Virginia, declared early her intention to become an artist. Ms. Gillespie’s career spanned seven decades, and she was always in the forefront of the American Art movement. Ms. Gillespie’s works have graced many institutions, museums, colleges, universities and public places. She was one of the first artist to offer her art to the world through displays in the lobbies of public institutions and governmental centers such as the Mayo Clinic, Epcot Center Warren Wilson College, Fort Lauderdale Airport-Delta Terminal, Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Center-in-the-Square, Downtown Mural, Roanoke, Virginia.
In 1977, I was introduced to Dorothy by a fellow artist, Lyn Yeatts. From that fortunate introduction I found myself traveling up to New York City to visit Dorothy at her downtown studio. I had a great time revisiting New York City, I had lived there after graduating from college for a couple of years and picking out the image with Dorothy that would grace our first Artemis cover.
This year’s 2020 Artemis cover will honor Dorothy with one of her images and collaborate with the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art with a retrospective of Ms. Gillespie’s work, “Celestial Centennnial: The Art and Legacy of Dorothy Gillespie,” Saturday, April 4- July 26, 2020.
Artemis Launch 2020 – June 5th, 6:30pm Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art
Marks the 100th anniversary of the
19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
giving women the right to vote
Our challenge to artists and writers
What does freedom of expression mean to you?
In the year of 1920, American women were granted the right to express themselves by voting.
Today, non- disclosure agreements (NDA) for sexual abuse are still used to silence women. In looking forward to next year, Artemis Journal supports the movement for free expression in all areas of our lives.
Our theme is open-ended and not limited to gender or specific ideas regarding artistic expression. However, that being said, the editors hope your submissions are sensitive to our mission and celebrate this Season of Women!
In memory of the late Toni Morrison
“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” *Toni Morrison
*Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, National Humanities Medal, Nobel Prize in Literature & Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Artemis is launching the 2019 journal featuring Sally Mann’s photograph on the cover. Please join in the celebration on June 7th at the beautiful Taubman Museum of Art featuring a dance performance “Poetry in Motion” by the Southwest Virginia Ballet Company.
Artemis will explore the power of movement, and how immersing our eyes in new experiences can lead to a happier, healthier and more fulfilled existence. By collaborating with Southwest Virginia Ballet, we will celebrate the launch of this year’s journal by presenting an evening of joy through interpretive dance and poetry.