The Waiting Room
The Waiting Room: Lost and Found
January 13 – March 16, 2012

Welcome to The Waiting Room.

If you have not done so already, please sign in at the registration desk.

Someone will be with you shortly.

In the meantime, please take a seat in one of the reception chairs (but not the sculptural chairs please).

Look around. You may notice that the chair next to you reminds you of a neighbor, a friend, someone you love, even yourself. The sculptural chair in each examination room embodies a specific women’s health issue. Every item associated with that chair references a different aspect of that concern. Even the patterns on the upholstery narrate the challenges of treatment and recovery.

Listen. Put on the headset. Hear related stories and sound pieces related to that topic.

Stretch a little. The objects and reading materials on the shelves nearby can also be accessed for additional information.

Everyone spends time in waiting rooms. We all have experiences sitting and waiting. Waiting for our name to be called, waiting to pass through the doorway to the treatment rooms, waiting for a family member to reemerge, waiting for the doctor to come out and speak with us. The Waiting Room is personal and universal. It reflects scientific, cultural and economic perspectives. It is designed for men and women. It is rooted in global concerns, but it is also decidedly local.

Respond. You can be part of The Waiting Room project right now. Interact with the artwork at one of the activity stations. Share a story, make an art object, write feedback.

Conceived and created by: Marguerite Perret, Bruce Scherting, Stephanie Lanter and Robin Lasser

A Waiting Room of Her Own: Contexts for the Waiting Room Project book, general editor Sarah Smarsh.

Creative Partners: Joanne Bergman, owner of The Upholstery Shop, Lawrence, Kansas; Barbara Dunn, PhD. Music Therapist, musical performance, Seattle, Washington; Michael Hager, Assistant Professor Washburn University, custom display, Topeka, Kansas; Jeremiah Kemper, Senior Developer, Kalos, Inc., statistical data visualizer, Topeka, Kansas; Timo McIntosh, Freelance Photographer and web designer, web crawler design, San Jose, California; Sharon L. Sullivan, associated professor of theatre and gender studies at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas; John Trefethen, visual designer, Danville, California; and David A. Wilson, Lawrence, Kansas.

Special thanks to: the staff of the Sabatini Art Gallery and the Special Collections Department at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka; YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment staff, volunteers and clients; Connie Burket, artist, former director of artist residency program at the Salina Art Center; artist Betsy Knabe Roe; and student assistants and class participants in the Washburn University Art, Education, and Women’s and Gender Studies programs.

Financial and other essential support for this project is through private donations, the artists and partners, Washburn University, the Center for Kansas Studies, The Washburn University Department of English, the Mabee Library, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Kansas Arts Commission, the University of Saint Catherine, The Ragdale Foundation, The Salina Art Center and the Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
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