NEW extensive Time Line just up on the Otis Doin' It In Public website.

The Woman's Building Organizational Milestones

This page is part of a timeline being developed by the current Board of Directors of the Woman's Building. It will be periodically updated as the timeline progresses.


- Judy Chicago founds Feminist Art Program at Fresno State College

- Women artists protest the "Art and Technology" exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (which included no women artists)

- Founding of Los Angeles Council of Women Artists 1971

- Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro found Feminist Art Program at CalArts

- Sheila de Bretteville founds Women's Design Program at CalArts

- Creation of Womanhouse, collaborative installation by students in the CalArts Feminist Art Program 1972

- Womanhouse exhibited to the public

- West Coast Conference of Women Artists hosted by Feminist Art Program and West-East Bag

- Women's Caucus for Art founded at College Art Association annual convention

- Womanspace Gallery opens 1973

- Feminist Studio Workshop (FSW) founded by Judy Chicago, Sheila de Bretteville, and Arlene Raven

- FSW students and volunteers, renovate the historic Chouinard Art Institute

- The Woman's Building opens its doors at 743 S. Grandview on 11/28/73


- Womanspace closes

- Chicago leaves FSW staff to work on The Dinner Party


- Chouinard building sold

- Series of five conferences: "Women in Design," "Women's Words," "Personal and Public Rituals: Women in Performance Art," "The Feminist Eye" film and video conference, and "Lady Finger/Mother Earth" women in ceramics conference.

- FSW students renovate Spring Street building

- Building Women concert raises funds for renovation, features Lily Tomlin, Meg Christian, Holly Near, Margi Adam, Cris Williamson, New Miss Alice Stone Ladies Society orchestra


- Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) founded

- Feminist Art Workers performance group founded by Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Cheri Gaulke, Vanalyne Green and Laurel Klick

- Mother Art performance group founded by Jan Cook, Gloria Hadjuk, Christie Kruse, Suzanne Siegel, and Laura Silagi 1977

- Lesbian Art Project founded by Arlene Raven, with Terry Wolverton, Nancy Fried, Kathleen Berg, Donna Reyna, Maya Sterling, and Sharon Immergluck

- Ariadne: A Social Art Network founded by Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz

- The Store, a thrift store created by artist Nancy Fried, opens

- Chrysalis: a magazine of women's culture begins publication


- WB receives CETA IV grant to hire and train staff

- Publication of Spinning Off begins

- The Waitresses performance group founded by Jerri Allyn, Anne Gauldin and Denise Yarfitz

- WB celebrates 5th anniversary, raises Naked Lady, sculpture by Kate Millett, to the roof of the building


- Incest Awareness Project begins, a collaboration between Ariadne: A Social Art Network and the Women's Resources Program of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center

- Judy Chicago's collaborative project, The Dinner Party, opens at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 1980

-Nancy Angelo's multi-system interactive video project, 'Equal Time in Equal Space," opens at the Woman's Building

- The Great American Lesbian Art Show (GALAS), a collaboration between the Woman's Building and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, opens in Los Angeles and throughout the U.S.


- Feminist Studio Workshop closes

- Spinning Off ceases publication

- WGC Typesetting and Design opens as a profit-making arm of the WB

- WB begins rental of artists studio space


- Vesta Awards honoring women's contribution to the arts are founded

- Woman's Building adopts Affirmative Action policy for Board, staff, and exhibiting artists

- Sisters of Survival performance group founded by Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Anne Gauldin, Cheri Gaulke and Sue Maberry

- Woman's Building sponsors broadside project for Chicana artists, "Madre Tierra," coordinated by Linda Vallejo


- WB celebrates 10th anniversary and publishes The First Decade

- Women's Graphic Center Commission Project, "Private Conversations, Public Announcements," posters exhibited at Los Angeles City Hall

- Arlene Raven curates "At Home" at the Long Beach Museum of Art

- Cheri Gaulke curates performance art series, "At Home at the Woman's Building"


- Woman's Building produces "Putting Our Hands to Other Labor," documentary video about the womenÕs art movement in Southern California.


- Women's Graphic Center Commission Project, "Cross Pollination," posters exhibited at Los Angeles City Hall


- Betty Ann Brown hosts an "Art Tour of Santa Fe" for WB donors.

- Woman's Building commissions artists to produce original videotapes and airs them on a monthly public access cable program, "The Woman's Building Presents"


- Woman's Building organizes conference, "The Way We Look, The Way We See: Art Criticism for Women in the 90s," co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA, Astro Artz/High Performance and the Wight Art Gallery.

- WB celebrates 15th anniversary, publishes Fifteen Years and Growing and produces "Sweet 15" video; Eighteen artists create original "birthday cakes" to be exhibited and auctioned at the WB.

- WB publishes literary anthology, Women For All Seasons, edited by Wanda Coleman and Joanne Leedom-Ackerman


- Mary Jane Jacob hosts an "Art Tour of Chicago" for WB donors.


- Woman's Building closes.



Updated Timeline available through the Doin' It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building website.


Comments or questions: info@womansbuilding.org

Copyright. 1999-2015. This site was originally created by Ruth Ann Anderson, Elizabeth Canelake and Sue Maberry. Additional contributions by Susan Silton and Terry Wolverton.