STUTZARTSPACE presents "Women of a Certain Age: In The Skin We're In"
Society says a lot about "mature" women, but a dozen or so women artists at the Stutz want to set the record straight. A new exhibit and series of events will delve into the artists' self-image. "Women of a Certain Age: In The Skin We're In" looks at the artists' comfort or discomfort with the skin they're in, whether it be the artist's physical, spiritual or artistic skin.
This is a sequel to the successful exhibit "Voices: Women of a Certain Age" held in October 2010.
Participating artists are: Leigh Dunnington-Jones, Carol Myers, Jane Knight, JanettMarie, Judith Sturges, Julia Wickes, Julie Perigo, Karen Masbaum, Kathleen O'Neil Stevens, Terry McClatchie, Martha Lindenborg Vaught, and and Vicky Shaffer White.
Exhibit curator and calendar organizer Leigh Dunnington-Jones says, "My intent is to engender conversation about how women feel about age and beauty, senior women in current society and how we, as mature women artists, see ourselves in the world of women and men."
In conjunction with the exhibit, a 2012 calendar, "The Artist Revealed," will feature images of the artists nude or semi-nude melded into their work in a way that makes the art and artist appear to become one. Calendars may beordered by clicking here. Forty percent of the proceeds from the sale of "The Artist Revealed" calendars will benefit the Pink Ribbon Connection, a local organization that supports women with breast cancer.
A lecture, "Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana's Historical Women Artists," led by co-authors Judith Vale Newton and Carol Ann Weiss, takes place Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Newton and Weiss also will lead a panel discussion by contemporary women artists about ongoing issues after the lecture. Admission is free. The coffee table book was published by the Indiana Historical Society Press.
The show will be up in STUTZARTSPACE gallery, which is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays through Oct. 28.
A closing reception on Oct. 28 will feature a presentation by Dunnington-Jones entitled "From Hoops and Stays to Spandex and Spanx." It will be an entertaining romp through a hundred years or so of amazing engineering dedicated to the artificial re-sculpturing of the female figure according to social ideals. Admission is free.
Events related to the "Women of a Certain Age: In The Skin We're In" exhibition:
- "The Artist Revealed" calendar release party, Thursday, Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m.
- Exhibition opening reception, Friday, Oct. 7, 5-9 p.m.
- Exhibition is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment through Oct. 28.
- A lecture and panel discussion, Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana's Historical Women Artists, led by co-authors Judy Newton and Carol Weiss. Following the talk, Judy and Carol will facilitate a discussion with contemporary women artists regarding their ongoing concerns Friday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m.
- Exhibition closing reception featuring a presentation by Leigh Dunnington-Jones entitled "From Hoops and Stays to Spandex and Spanx." This is an entertaining romp through a hundred years or so of amazing engineering dedicated to the artificial re-sculpting of the female figure according to social ideals. Event is free. Friday, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m.
WHAT: "Women of a Certain Age: In The Skin We're In" Gallery Exhibition
WHERE: STUTZARTSPACE, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis Please enter from 10th street via Bearcat Alley.
WHEN: Friday, October 7, at noon with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Exhibition is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment through October 28
COST: All events are free
ADDITIONAL INFO: (317) 503-6420
MEDIA CONTACT: Jen Schmits Thomas, JTPR, (317) 441-2487, jen [at] jtprinc [dot] com