UNI Gallery of Art to present 'Women as Makers'

December 15, 2017

Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, 319-273-6134, darrell.taylor@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an exhibition titled "Women as Makers," which will be open to the public on the following dates: Jan. 8 – Feb. 27; March 19 – April 14; and April 23 – May 5. Please note: the gallery will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

This UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition was co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton and gallery director Darrell Taylor. Some of the artworks featured are by artists Elisabeth Frink, Akane Kirimura, Käthe Kollwitz, Berenice Abbott, Liisa Hallamaa and Marjorie Nuhn. Also presented are historical objects borrowed from the UNI Museum.

Sutton states, "Women’s contributions to society are often undervalued. Women represented more than 60 percent of students in art programs in 2006 and 51 percent of professional visual artists. However, galleries, museums, universities, canonical art history texts and other institutions continue to under-represent and under-compensate women. Drawing from UNI’s Permanent Art Collection and the UNI Museum collection, this show makes visible the many ways in which women shape and benefit society through their art and labor."

Sutton has also collaborated with Rod Library’s Fine and Performing Arts librarian Angela Pratesi to host a collaborative writing and editing initiative, which endeavors to include more women artists on Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia. This edit-a-thon will take place March 24, 2018. Visit the exhibition website for digital images of the works on display and Wikipedia entries: sites.google.com/a/uni.edu/women-as-makers/.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/art/gallery.html, or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.