ANNUAL BENEFIT PARTY! Intersections: Celebrating Feminist Voices

Terri Smith

September 22, 5:00 PM–8:00 PM

Join us for Intersections: Celebrating Feminist Voices on September 22, 2018, from 5:00 – 8:00pm. We will be honoring Ingrid Semaan, Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, UConn – Stamford as well as honoring a past exhibiting artist (TBA) for our FSW Arts Awards. The DJ team of Artist Emily Larned and Producer Chris Ruggiero will spin vinyl again this year! Fulfilling culinary experiences are promised with dinner by the bite by Sweet Pistachio and food stations donated by regional restaurants. Drinks will include red and white wine, beer and a special vodka cocktail.  Tickets start at $65, discounted tickets for FSW members and students start at $60. You can purchase tickets HERE.

The party will include silent auction items that range from imaginative art experiences to original artworks, featuring works by Yael Bartana, Lukas Geronimas, Richard Klein, Carrie Moyer, Leslie Wayne, and more! Other auction items include a Nashville basket of hipster goodies and art curated by a Nashville native, restaurant gift certificates, and guided trips to Frieze VIP with a nationally recognized appraiser and Yale Open Studios with FSW creative director, Terri C Smith.

We will also be opening our new exhibition that evening with False Flag:The Space Between Paranoia and Reason, curated by New Haven based artist Jeff Ostergren.  False Flag is a group exhibition that investigates the continuum of paranoia, as subject matter, philosophical position, and psychological state. Exhibiting artists include: Darja Bajagić, James Benning, Theodore Darst, Violet Dennison, Mark Flood, Juliana Huxtable, Stanya Kahn and Harry Dodge, Daniel Keller, Tim Trantenroth, and Melvin Way. The exhibition is on view from September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019.

Many thanks to our event sponsors to date: Sharon and Steven Chrust, Arts Award sponsor; SL Green Realty Corp; Purdue Pharma L.P.; MediaCrossing Inc.; Net Trade LLC. Exclusive Media Sponsor: Stamford Magazine. In-kind sponsors include: Farmer’s Cow, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Nestle Waters, Sweet Pistachio, Tito’s Handmade Vodka.


Ingrid Semaan is a committed feminist activist who has worked on campaigns against gendered violence and for reproductive justice, workers’ rights, and peace and justice in the Middle East.

The daughter of immigrants, Ingrid received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her dissertation, “Beyond Staying and Leaving: Battered Women’s Responses to Abuse,” is a qualitative study of the ways battered women respond to abuse, with an emphasis on the ways that they resist abuse.  In her teaching and activism, Ingrid uses an intersectional feminist framework when addressing wealth inequality, health and health outcomes, abuse and violence in intimate relationships, and representations in popular culture.  She is also a passionate defender of immigrant rights and a vocal critic of police violence.

For the past 12 years, Ingrid has been the director of UConn-Stamford’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and Center, creating a space for intellectual debate and social activism.  During that time, she has also been a faculty advisor for several student organizations, including Zero Tolerance, Spectrum, and Resist!  She has also maintained relationships with community organizations including The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, The Center for Sexual Assault Counseling and Education, The Triangle Community Center, The Women’s Mentoring Network, and Franklin Street Works.

In 2016, Ingrid co-curated the exhibit “All Byte: Feminist Intersections in Video Art” with Terri Smith and Justin Liberman, a show focused on feminist conversations and scholarship around the inseparability of class, race, country of origin and other factors when contemplating gender and sexuality in art.  These video works were informed by intersectional approaches found in feminist scholarship which have sparked discussions in arts/artist communities around oppression and privilege.

Ingrid Semaan is a scholar-activist who strives to live the truths she teaches.