Well Behaved Women: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
July 3 - October 23, 2020
Hyndman Gallery, Brinka/Cross Gallery, Susan Block Gallery
“Well behaved women seldom make history.” ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Well-Behaved Women: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage is comprised of artworks by 23 women artists in order to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which gave women and men equal voting rights.
Well-Behaved Women includes living, contemporary artists and a number of deceased artists from different eras. Many of the artists share their lived experiences, addressing areas where women lack access or rights; lean into the emotions felt as a result of inequity; critique language; and subvert the canon of the “male gaze” where women are presented as objects rather than subjects. They elevate and reclaim mediums, such as embroidery and quilting, that have been historically denigrated as “craft” and “women’s work.” There are also those who draw strength from the spiritual power inherent in their female ancestry.
From the engravings of Maria Sibylla Merian, the first woman to study insects scientifically, to four famous women of the Abstract Expressionist movement who accomplished ground-breaking status in a genre that was steeped in brute masculinity, this exhibition celebrates a variety of women’s voices that have led us to this moment in time.
Exhibiting Artists: Anoush Bargamian, Marie Bergstedt, Melissa Blount, Whitney Bradshaw, Ruth Burke, Mary Ellen Croteau, Elaine de Kooning , Shannon Downey, Grace Hartigan, Juarez Hawkins, Olivia Jobbe, Rachel Kanter, Sam Kirk, Lee Krasner, Anne Leuck, Maria Sibylla Merian, Joan Mitchell, Natalie Jackson O’Neal, Colleen O’Rourke, Macie Renee, Cathi Schwable, Hollis Sigler and Ashley Paige Young.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Michigan City Commission For Women, Nisource Charitable Foundation and Nipsco.
Family Day Tours & Projects: Saturday, October 10 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Words of Encouragement + Paper Signs of the Times
September 9 - October 31, 2020
NIPSCO Art Education Studios
The exhibit features dozens of hand-painted signs that were submitted via an open call from Heart & Bone Signs, a company out of Chicago owned by Andrew McClellan and Kelsey Dalton McClellan that offers the highest quality traditional hand painted sign work. The signs feature motivational phrases and poignant language to lift us all in these uncertain times, and the hand-painted and lettered craft of each artwork sign is immaculate and inspiring unto itself.
The installation includes a community wall and supplies so visitors can add their own poster, flyer or small note of encouragement to the project.
This project is curated by Indiana University Northwest - School of the Arts, Lauren M. Pacheco (Gary, IN), Kelly Knaga (Crown Point, IN), Heart & Bone Signs (Chicago, IL) and Cathy Feeman (Valparaiso, IN) and is funded with support from the IUN School of the Arts Innovation Series awarded through the Chancellor’s Office of IUN.