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“Maya Deren: Experimental Films” at In Tandem Theatre

May 30, 2012



Upcoming film, “Who Does She Think She Is?”

March 21, 2012

Join Guildess and In Tandem Theatre/10th Street Gallery on April 10, 2012 at 7pm for, “Who Does She Think She Is?”, a film by Pamela Tanner Boll. (73min, 2008)

“Who Does She Think She Is?” is about five particularly bold women artists who are pulled in different directions as they try to answer the competing demands of artistic fulfillment, marriage, motherhood and economic survival.

A talk back will take place following the film.

628 N. 10th Street, the lower level of the “big red church”. For more information, visit:

Upcoming free film: “Artemisia”

January 19, 2012

Join Guildess and In Tandem Theatre/10th Street Gallery on February 14 for a film about art and love in the 17th century. Bring your sweetie or treat yourself to a FREE film.

“Artemisia” is an historical drama based on the true story of Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman to achieve success as a painter. Her father forbids her to draw male nudes, but curious, she persuades local men to model for her. In time, her attention is drawn to Agostino Tassi, a friend of her father is also a well-known painter. He is impressed by both her and her art, but as their love affair begins, Tassi finds himself on trial for rape.



Tuesday, February 14, 2012 / 7pm

10th Street Gallery/In Tandem Theatre (628 N. 10th St. Milwaukee, WI 53233)

Theatre seating, cash bar


For more information about this film series that celebrates women in the arts, click here.


Dear Guildess supporters…

December 30, 2011

Dear Guildess supporters,


I would like to take a moment to thank you for all of your support over the years. Guildess has grown into what it is today because of your continued support and patience.

In 2009, two ambitious women started Guildess with the simple hope of bringing women together. Over the years, our organization has become more than a place for women to gather. We have seen the creativity and energy of our members become a tool for engaging our city and addressing the needs of marginalized women throughout Milwaukee. Guildess’ growth is proof that if female artists stick together, support each other, and reach out to other women in their community, powerful things can happen.

As Director, it has been my privilege to work in service of the invaluable arts programming that Guildess provides the women of Milwaukee. Unfortunately, I have decided to step down from my role as Director of Guildess. I have chosen to seek a graduate education in order to further my understanding of the issues facing artists and women of our time. I will continue to spend my time and energy supporting women’s causes and in the future, I hope to return to an organization like Guildess, with increased knowledge and expertise. I encourage you to continue to support female artists in our community and consider volunteering at an organization that focuses’ on women’s needs.


Great organizations to support:

Milwaukee Women’s Center

Lissy’s Place (My Home, Your Home)

Sojourner Family Peace Center

Meta House

Hope House Milwaukee

Daystar, Inc.


Throughout this transition, I am committed to honoring the initiatives Guildess began this year. Our About Women, By Women film series and Stitching Our History quilting program will continue through Spring/Summer 2012. If you have any questions about this transition, please feel free to email me at:


Thank you and best wishes during this holiday season.




April Heding

Director, Guildess Milwaukee



Featured Artist of the Week: Marjane Satrapi

November 29, 2011

After a bit of a hiatus, I am determined to get Guildess back on track. I would like to start by featuring comic artist and filmmaker, Marjane Satrapi. Her film, Persepolis, is part of Guildess’ film series, About Women, By Women. The film will be shown at 10th Street Gallery/In Tandem Theatre on December 13 at 7pm.

Biography: Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian born French author, graphic novelist, director, and illustrator. As a child, she attended the Lycée Français in Tehran where her family was involved with communist and leftist political groups partly responsible for the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Her graphic novel, Persepolis, is a memoir of her childhood growing up during the Revolution, the subsequent Islamic regime that took control of Iran after the Revolution, and the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s. More info:

Featured Artist of the Week: Rose Tarman

October 13, 2011

Rose Tarman is Guildess’ Featured Artist of the Week!

Biography: Rose Tarman is a recent graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design who is in the process of relocating to Rome, Italy. Currently, she is working in installation form, combining photography, video and built environment to discuss ideas such as memory, home and familiarity and experiment with dislocating her viewers.  She was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1988.

I asked Rose a few questions about inspiration, collaboration and her favorite female artist! Here’s what she said:

Your work has a poetic element to it, do you find inspiration in words?

Absolutely.  I’ve made several works that have included written or spoken components. I love the way certain textures of spoken words can create specific feelings or moods within a piece and how written words can hint toward something hidden within the visual.  I like to be as vague and ambiguous as possible when using text, it’s never my intention to give away much or allude to anything too specific, that way the viewer has to work a bit more to find connections.

How does collaboration play a role in your work?

I’ve practiced a healthy amount of collaboration, it’s something that I’d love to continue.  It’s a strange thing to be able to find a push and pull with another person in a way that takes the work to a new level. The brainstorming process might be the most fun for me, there’s a real honesty and immediacy that I love and a vocal process that I find refreshing.  I’ve had more technical relationships that have also been collaborative acts in my mind.  My most recent work, The Fly-by-Night, had a huge array of contributors in various ways.  I hadn’t ever built anything so extensive before, I new nothing about creating walls or a ceiling or installing flooring so I had to seek people who were confident in those areas to take part in the making of the piece. They influenced decisions I made and helped the piece grow into its final state.

Who is your favorite female artist? Why?

I have to say I’ve realized most of the artists I look up to are male, but I have absolutely looked toward Ann Hamilton and Nina Katchedourian often.  I admire Hamilton’s complete activation of space and tension between the visual and the viewer through that space.  Katchedourian brings out a more verbal, lighthearted side, finding levity in manipulated language and confusing natural order.


Are you currently working on anything?

My status with my work at the moment is only in concept.  I’m taking the summer to accomplish non-artistic endeavors and get myself to Italy in September.  Once I’m there and a little more established I plan on putting some of the ideas I’ve been floating around with to use and let my physical work evolve more.



Experimental Quilting Workshop with RedLine Milwaukee

October 12, 2011

RedLine and Guildess team up for a workshop that combines aspects of printmaking, storytelling and quilting! Participants will create quilt squares using relief, screen printing and dying techniques with an emphasis on personal histories and experiences.

RedLine Mentor Artist Dara Larson will share her love for storytelling. Learn how stories and personal histories are told through the process of collaborative art making, texti…le design and quilting throughout the world. Bring a personal artifact, journal, photograph, etc. for inspiration.

Extra quilt squares created by participants will become part of a collaborative quilt donated to a local women’s shelter that will kick off Guildess’ fall/winter outreach program. Participants are welcome to help with quilt construction. No experience necessary, fabric donations are encouraged. Cost: $60. Pre-registration is required.

  • This is a TWO day workshop – November 5 & 12 (1-4pm).