Our new exhibition, Pushing Boundaries: Early Women Artists of Colorado, opens in just 8 days! This exhibit is particularly special because of the collaboration with Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. Throughout a two-year research project thirty-two students at DU’s School of Art and Art History conducted foundational research on the artwork loaned from Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. The rediscovery of these eighteen artists resulted in surprising information overlooked and erased in the writing of Colorado art history.
Students worked with Vicki Myhren Gallery director Dan Jacobs in the planning and presentation of the exhibit. The research collected under the guidance of art history professor Annette Stott was organized into the four groups that now hang in the exhibit. The groups – Commercial Artists, Revolutionary Artist-Educators, Career Artists, and Career Interrupted Artists – tell four overarching narratives of life as a female artist during the time period. On closer inspection you will notice that several artists appear in multiple groups, demonstrating that their careers were fluid and not defined to one path.
The opening reception takes place on Thursday, March 24, 5-7 PM. Enjoy light refreshments co-hosted by Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. We hope to see you there!
Complete List of Featured Artists
Julia Vernon Criswell Nellie Augusta Knopf
Gladys Caldwell Fisher Maud Leach
Irene Fowler Anne Van Briggle Ritter
Mary Chilton Gray Inez Tatum
Helen Hagerman Margaret McKay Tee
Elsie Haddon Haynes Lucile Thomas
Elsie Ward Hering Myra Laura Thomas
Abigail Holman Gwendolyn Meux Waldrop
Ann E. Jones Zola Zaugg