Kennedy Museum Spotlights Women Artists

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On Friday, Sept. 21, Ohio University's Kennedy Museum of Art will open its latest exhibition, Women Artists, featuring work that was influenced by the feminist movement.

The show, which is part two of a three-part series, showcases artists such as Nancy Graves, Alice Aycock, Nancy Holt and Jennifer Bartlett, among others.

The exhibit is being organized and curated by Jennie Klein, associate professor in the OU School of Art, along with two of Klein’s students, Alana Bowman and Barbara Jewell.

According to Klein, the first step to creating the exhibit was meeting with School of Art Director of Exhibitions Petra Kralickova. The pair went through the museum's collection, looking for pieces made after 1972, which marked the advent of the second wave of feminism.

"We were interested in artists who were not necessarily the right age, like in their 20s and early 30s, but who had made work after this period and were aware of the feminist movement," Klein said. "Then we narrowed it down based on whether or not these people had long careers as artists."

The show features the work of 12 artists, including two with roots in Athens. The pieces, which include print and sculpture, range from abstract to figurative work.

The exhibit's variety of work displays the shift in women’s art against the changing landscape of the second wave of feminism.

"We’re interested in charting a larger kind of change and pulling in some local artists and trying to look at what happened in a regional space such as Athens," said Klein. "There’s a lot that happened we still don’t know about."

Women Artists will be on display at the Kennedy Museum of Art through Jan. 27. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The show's organizers are working on an online learning aid to accompany the exhibition that will soon be available for download as a free PDF at