Women Painting Women: Reclamation at Helen Day Art Center

Quick, can you name more than 3 women artists? If so, you are among the few Americans who can do it. (I'll wait if you want to list them in the comments below.) Maybe your book group read the superb historical novel about artist Artemisia Gentileschi* and asked each other why none of you had ever heard of her before. And to return to a statistic that seems not to have changed much in recent times, only 5% of all artworks in major US museums are by women artists.

The Artist by Margaret Bowland

Reclamation, an exhibition at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont, opens on June 15. It builds on the Women Painting Women movement begun in 2009. Not only did this movement seek to increase the number of women artists being shown in galleries, it took a particular interest in exploring how women depict women as subjects of their art.

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Vermont painter August Burns (one of few women who have ever been chosen to paint an official portrait of a Vermont governor), Diane Feissel (co-founder of the Women Painting Women blog), and Rachel Moore (Director of the Helen Day Art Center) have co-curated this exhibition of contemporary figurative artists from the United States and Great Britain.

Reclamation opens with a reception on June 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and runs through September 8. For more information, go to the Helen Day Art Center website by clicking here.

(*The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland. All photos by August Burns)


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