New art exhibit celebrates women’s voices, acknowledges struggle for a better future
In celebration of the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment in the U.S., the Department of Art and Art History’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition “Suffrage and Struggle: Feminist Art and the 19th Amendment Centennial.” The exhibit will be open from March 5 to April 5, and there is a gallery reception on Thursday, March 5, from 5-7 p.m. that the campus community and general public are invited to attend.
Dr. Anthony F. Mangieri, associate professor and chairman of the Art and Art History Department, and Ernest Jolicoeur, assistant professor of art and gallery director of the Hamilton Gallery, have been particularly excited to bring this art exhibit featuring numerous women’s voices to Salve Regina.
“It’s timely, and it celebrates an issue that’s of deep concern to our mission at the University,” said Jolicoeur. “So essentially, it’s a … regional celebration of women’s empowerment.”
All of the pieces are creative accomplishments of visual artists working in the New England and New York area whose work explores the complex place of women in society. The exhibit was curated by Jan Howard, chief curator and Houghton P. Metcalf Jr. curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum for 20 years. Prior to that, she spent 14 years as a curator in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
While the exhibition aims to commend the achievements of women’s rights, at the same time it acknowledges that the struggle is far from over. Some of the artists shared words about their artwork beforehand, and their words along with their art are displayed below.
Artists in the show include Amy Bassin, Joan Lobis Brown, Ingrid Butterer, Jeanne Ciravalo, Caro Dranow, Leslie Fry, Briell Giancola, Roberta Paul, Amber Peck, Heather Stivison, Elizabeth Tomasetti, Vesselina Traptcheva and Monica Velez.
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is located in the Antone Academic Center on the campus of Salve Regina. It is handicap accessible with parking along Lawrence and Leroy Avenues. Its exhibits are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.