Women Painting Women

A New Book-Wanda ChoateIt is difficult to access a real history of female artists because much of their work was either not recorded or was credited to their male instructors. We do know that one of the first artists to do self portraits was a woman named Sofonisba Anguissola who worked during the Renaissance. By the 19th century, women artists were starting to get recognition for their talents form society but were not really accepted in the art world.

The National Endowment for the Arts did a survey in 2008 which shows that women represent nearly 50% of all art directors, fine artists, and animators in the country. In fact, today there are may recognizable names of women artists; yet according to the National Museum of Women in the Arts only 5% of art currently on display in U.S. museums is made by women.

The Women Painting Women exhibit features the following artists:

Alison Oakes – Knoxville, TN

Ann Piper – Selinsgrove, PA

Chelsea Gibson – Alabama / New York

Denise Stewart Sanabria – Knoxville, TN

Gaela Erwin – Louisville, KY

Gwendolyn Rodriquez – TN

Lynn Garwood – Wisconsin

Sharon Rusch Shaver – Gallatin, TN

Tanya Tewell – TN

Terri Jordan – Clarksville, TN

Virginia Derryberry – Ashville, NC

Wanda Choate – Springfield, TN

Yvonne Petkus – Bowling Green, KY

Women Painting Women Discussion Panel

200 South Second St., Clarksville, TN 37040931-648-5780Open: Tuesday Through Sunday • Closed Mondays