Our Lady Show at Go-Away Garage Gallery, Wichita

29 08 2014

Just in time for the Final Friday gallery crawl, the “Our Lady Show” has opened at Go-Away Garage, 508 S. Commerce. In this group exhibition, 40 women from Wichita and surrounding areas tackle a variety of political topics but many of the works respond specifically to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in favor of Hobby Lobby regarding coverage (or lack thereof) of contraceptive care for employees. Today’s Wichita Eagle carries a long article about the exhibition, here, which will be open 4-11pm on August 29. 

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Lisa Solomon at the Ulrich Museum

24 07 2014

A new exhibition to put on the radar: Lisa Solomon’s installation of 1000 handmade doilies on the ground level of the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University campus. Solomon is the Ulrich’s first artist-in-residence and she is interested in “the way that work is categorized according to gender, and how that categorization affects the way the work is received.” (From the press release)

You can read a review of the show, or listen to the audio, here, and find out more about Lisa Solomon’s work here.

The installation is on view through September 28, 2014.

 





4th Trimester Bodies and Breastmilk film at Salina Art Center

15 05 2014

Ashlee Wells Jackson’s 4th Trimester Bodies photography exhibition is on display at the Salina Art Center through June 15. The exhibition includes a series of photographs that Jackson shot of Salina-area residents during her visit in April. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Art Center is hosting book and film events, all centered on the postpartum, lactating body.

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Kansas Women’s Mural

14 05 2014

The Kansas Women’s Mural is in progress right now, organized by Ashley Jane Laird and crowd-sourced by many. Part of the Great Mural Wall of Topeka, the Kansas Women’s Mural will bring attention to women’s contributions in the state and to women who may have been written out of history. Find out more about Ashley’s project here and follow updates on their Facebook page.

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Gender Identity Projects

24 04 2014

Within the last year, two Bethel College art students have undertaken independent projects (i.e., not for any class – a professor’s dream!) that seek to address cultural expectations regarding gender identity and gender presentation. Junior Emily Luedtke conceived of a project that incorporated oral interviews, art history, and gender theory as she sought to present, in visual form, how gender norms and expectations have affected the lives of half a dozen Wichita-based LGBT residents. Luedtke will present her research findings and her resulting paintings in a presentation on the Bethel College campus on Friday, April 25 as part of the Undergraduate Research, Internships, and Creative Activities (URICA) symposium. Details here.

Senior Audra Miller melded her backgrounds in art, photography, and theater to create a series of portrait pairings that explore gender identity. Titled “The Gender Project,” Miller’s photographs alternately highlight the masculine and feminine sides of  each of her 27 models, asking viewers to confront our expectations of gender presentation as well as our desire to categorize. Miller’s project, detailed here, is on display as part of the Annual Student Art Exhibition at the Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery through Saturday, April 26.





Are You My Mother?

28 03 2014

 

 

 

Public reception this week in Salina:

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**Photo credit to Lora Jost, detail of Snow Hair





4th Trimester Bodies Project coming to Kansas

9 03 2014

Ashlee Wells Jackson is bringing her 4th Trimester Bodies Project to the Salina Art Center in April. Ashlee’s photography project is “dedicated to embracing the beauty inherent in the changes brought to our bodies by motherhood, childbirth, and breastfeeding.”

Ashlee will give a public presentation at the First Thursday art crawl on April 3, and she’ll be hosting photo sessions all day Friday and Saturday, April 4-5. Scholarships are available, and all details can be found here.