Monday, June 25, 2018

Current Exhibition: "Reclamation" at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont - through Sept. 8!

Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \

Image by artist Daryl Zang 

Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 5pm - 7pm
Exhibition on View: June 15-September 8, 2018
Public Program: Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ TALKSAugust 4th, 7pm at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ : Noun; the process of claiming something back or of reasserting a right.
Please visit this latest exhibit of women painting women in beautiful Stowe, Vermont! This exhibition features the following nationally-acclaimed, contemporary figurative women artists painting women from their perspective and experience:
The venue, the Helen Day Art Center, is driven by an ambitious curatorial vision shaped by the pursuit of meaning in contemporary art. The Art Center pursues exhibitions that address relevant topics in daily life where the artists and artworks included add valuable perspectives to complex social, political, and cultural dialogues. Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \  is no exception: As background, in 2009, three artists decided to explore how women depicted women as subjects of their art, and whether it was different than that of the “male gaze” which regularly portrays women as passive objects of beauty to be observed and enjoyed. The project caught fire and has grown to include more than a dozen gallery and museum exhibitions, both in the US and abroad.
Inspired by this project, we are making a strong statement to reclaim and transform the way women are portrayed. Through the work in this exhibition, we will view women in their lives and environments as active participants. By choosing to portray women, painted by women, in the traditional form of realistic figurative painting in contemporary times, we are also bringing to attention the long history of figurative painting, in which inequality is pervasive. 
Women are the future and it’s past time for equality. Every step we make toward this goal is a step forward for humanity. We are creating an exciting, dynamic show that actively engages the viewer in broadening their view of women in art and in the world we all share.
Rachel Moore- Director and Curator, Helen Day Art Center
Diane Feissel- Artist, Co-founder of Women Painting Women, and Co-Curator
August Burns- Artist and Co-Curator

Public Programs:

  • Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ TALKS: August 4th, 7p.m.
    • This TEDx style event is in partnership with Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. These talks build upon the the national conversation sparked by the #MeToo movement. In the talks, speakers will explore their perspective on the topic of Women and Power including body positivity, media literacy, art history, and how gender bias impacts women's lives, with the art world as one arena. Speakers will be announced beginning in June 2018. 
  • Panel Discussion TBA
    • We will present a panel discussion with artists from the exhibition and one of the curators 
  • Film Screenings in the West Gallery, Curated by Rachel Moore
    • The West Gallery will include film screenings relating thematically to the exhibition and include discussions with film directors and partnerships with film organizations

Monday, January 1, 2018

Women Painting Women: In Earnest - A Traveling Museum Exhibiton

We are thrilled to announce our first ever traveling museum exhibition.  Women Painting Women: In Earnest is an exhibition curated by co-founders Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel which honors the human spirit and shares the thoughtful and unique vision of 30 contemporary artists who explore the complexity of being a woman today. This exhibition premiers at the Customs House Museum in Clarskville, TN and then travels to the J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University.

Customs House Museum
Clarksville, TN
August 4 - October 2, 2017
Opening Reception Aug. 10th 5-7pm
Artist & Curator Walking Tour Sep. 16th 5-7pm

J. Wayne Stark Galleries
Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
October 18 - December 16, 2017
Artist Painting Demonstration Oct 18th 12 -3 pm
in the Wright Gallery in the College of Architecture
Panel Discussion Oct 19th 10-11am in College of Architecture
Opening Reception Oct 19th 5:30-7:30pm

Leslie Adams
Jennifer Balkan
Mia Bergeron
Candice Bohannon
Margaret Bowland
Ali Cavanaugh
Aleah Chapin
Rachel Constantine
Ellen Cooper
Kamille Corry
Angela Cunningham
Stephanie Deshpande
Michelle Doll
Ellen Eagle
Zoey Frank
Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Kristy Gordon
Haley Hasler
Felice House
Nancy Hollinghurst
Sylvia Maier
Carmen Mansilla
Karen Offutt
Catherine Prescott
Nicole Santiago
Terry Strickland
Manu Saluja
Alexandra Tyng
Lea Colie Wight
Anna Wypych

From the Curators' Statement 
"Each artist looks beyond the surface of her subject, beyond mere replication of the physical world before her, in search of deeper realities. These artists have found a freedom to avoid voyeuristic depictions of the female form to examine honest and sometimes personal narratives about the struggles and resilience of the indomitable contemporary woman."

82 page color catalog available for purchase
*cover art by Candice Bohannon