Women Painting Women: In Earnest

Jennifer Balkan, <em>Queen</em>, 36x30, 2015

The feminist artistic collective "Women Painting Women" is putting on their first-ever traveling museum exhibition. "Women Painting Women: In Earnest" is curated by two of the co-founders of the group, Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel. According to the exhibition's website, the show "honors the human spirit and shares the thoughtful and unique vision of 30 contemporary artists who explore the complexity of being a woman today." Several works by acclaimed women artists who are frequently highlighted by NCCSC are featured in the exhibition, including paintings by Leslie Adams, Sylvia Maier, Alexandra Tyng, Manu Saluja, Anna Wypych, Mia Bergeron, Catherine Prescott, and many more. Please check out the WPW's post for the exhibition for a longer list of the artists with paintings on display. From the Curators' Statement: "Each artist looks beyond the surface of her subject, beyond mere replication of the physical world before her, in search of deeper realities. These artists have found a freedom to avoid voyeuristic depictions of the female form to examine honest and sometimes personal narratives about the struggles and resilience of the indomitable contemporary woman."

The exhibition premiers at the Customs House Museum in Clarskville, TN from August 4 through October 2, 2017, and then travels to the J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University through December 31.

As the Customs House expounds on their website, the Women Painting Women group "began as an online blog in 2009, highlighting women artists working in the figurative tradition, started at a time when the founders, Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri, felt there was little support for those working in that genre. Since then the site has featured the work of hundreds of women painters from around the world. The main focus of Women Painting Women is to gain recognition for contemporary living artists. In 2015, Women Painting Women began being referred to as a movement. Since then, there have been several exhibitions in galleries and museums world-wide based on the theme." 


Customs House Museum

200 South Second Street, Clarksville, TN



Exhibition on view August 4 through October 2, 2017

Opening Reception August 10, 2017, 5-7pm

Artist & Curator Walking Tour September 16, 2017, 5-7pm


J. Wayne Stark Galleries

Texas A & M University, College Station, TX


Exhibition on view October 16 - December 31, 2017

Panel Discussion Oct 18 in College of Architecture

Artist Painting Demonstration Oct 19th in College of Architecture

Opening Reception Oct 19 6-9pm

 Terry Strickland, <em>The Seamstress</em>, 39 x 32', oil on canvas over panel