Real Women Exhibit

Oct. 15, 2020

Come visit the library to view the Real Women exhibit!

"At its core, visual art is about telling stories. Whether these stories are about process and materials or address actual narratives and themes, all art works seek to impart a message to the viewer. While all artists tell stories, however, it is the art establishment which largely determines which stories are shared with the wider world. The stories that are chosen to be told, in turn, shape viewers’ perceptions of the world and the knowledge that is possessed and passed to future generations.

"According to western mythology, the first drawing ever made was by a young woman in ancient Corinth and whether participating in the visual arts as creators or as patrons, collectors, art historians or critics, women have been and continue to be integral to the institution of art.

"The Alberta Foundation for the Arts travelling exhibition Real Women creates space for women’s experiences and stories to be told and recognizes the contributions women make to our communities. Inspired by cultural shifts in these first decades of the 21st century such as international Women’s Marches and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the art works in this exhibition question societal perceptions of women, art making itself, and express how the featured artists define what it means to be a woman and how they personally wish to be seen."

-The Curatorial Statement from the Interpretive Guide