J Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University Brings Critically Acclaimed “Women Painting Women: In Earnest” Exhibition to Texas

TAMU welcomes touring show of 30 contemporary female artists from around the world

Women Painting Women (WPW), an online resource and web-based community that has showcased more than 430 contemporary women painters from across the globe, has announced its first ever traveling museum exhibition of 53 paintings from 30 contemporary female artists titled “Women Painting Women: In Earnest”. The exhibition takes place at the J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University from October 18 through December 16, 2017. Curated by WPW co-founders Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel and co-sponsored by the Wright Gallery at the College of Architecture, the exhibition honors the human spirit and explores the complexity of being a woman today. Admission is free.

“Women Painting Women: In Earnest” is a collection of paintings that avoids voyeuristic depictions and delves into such concepts as identity, role association, fragility with dignity and emotional complexity. The women depicted in the paintings vary in age, race and their pose to reflect the modern woman. “To see this show is to live more than the female experience,” wrote Elizabeth Jackson of ArtSee Magazine. “The psychological complexity of the portraits, the emotional intensity, and the humor—all are fundamental aspects of what it is to be human. The view here is sensitive and compellingly complicated.”

“Each artist looks beyond the surface of her subject, beyond mere replication of the physical world before her, in search of deeper realities,” said co-founder Alia El-Bermani. “ 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.”

Texas artists featured include: Felice House (Austin), Jennifer Balkan (Austin), Candice Bohannon (Fort Worth) and Karen Offutt (Austin). International artists include: Carmen Mansilla (Madrid, Spain), Kamille Corry (Florence, Italy) and Anna Wypych (Gdynia, Poland).

For those unable to visit the exhibition, an 82-page color catalog is available for purchase here.

Founded by artists Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri as a blog in 2009, WPW has grown into a community of female artists whose work helps to expand and redefine how women are represented in fine art. The group shares inspiration and techniques while gaining exposure through events, exhibits and social media. Since the first exhibition in Charleston, South Carolina, the co-founders of Women Painting Women have helped organize numerous group exhibitions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

There will be an afternoon painting demonstration with a live model on October 18th from 12-3pm at the Wright Gallery in the College of Architecture followed by a panel discussion on October 19th from 10-11am.  The opening reception takes place at the Stark Gallery from 5:30-7:30pm on October 19th. All events are free and open to the public.  Exhibit hours are Tuesday – Friday, 9am-8pm and weekends from 12pm-6pm. Latest information available here.