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Cynthia Westwood, Blue Bathroom, detail, 2006, oil on linen, 20 x 30", Gift of The American Academy of Arts and Letters

Mary Dwyer, General George Washington Resigns, 2002, acrylic on wood, 26 x 23", Collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art

WomenArtists@NewBritainMuseum is made possible with support from the Cheryl Chase and Stuart Bear Family Foundation, the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, and the NBMAA’s very own Docent Corps.

Through Mar. 20, 2011
Opening Reception
5:30-8 p.m., First Fri., Jan. 7, 2011

December 18, 2010 marked the opening of WomenArtists@NewBritainMuseum. For the first time, the Museum is showcasing the remarkable artistic output of women artists in the NBMAA’s permanent collection. The exhibition consists of 80 works selected from over 600 by women artists and will be on view through March 20.

Guest co-curators Sherry Buckberrough and Nancy Noble, University of Hartford Art History professors, were given free rein to select the featured work. As a result a wide variety of artists are displayed, from the seminal—Sarah Miriam Peale, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Dorothea Lange, Louise Nevelson, Lee Krasner, and Helen Frankenthaler—to the contemporary—Nina Bentley, Ellen Carey, Lisa Hoke, and Lalla Essaydi.

The art works are grouped by eight themes: abstraction, identity, the city and modernity, narratives, nature, nudes, portraits and written signs. They include paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, video, one installation and a hologram.

Over the last 150 years the roles of women artists have evolved dramatically. Once they struggled to even attend the leading art academies, while in our own day they occupy positions of enormous influence. This exhibition chronicles this rise to prominence and the contributions of women artists to the development of American art. A scholarly catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available in the Museum Shop.


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