Celebrating the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies 2016-17 Programming Theme “In/Visible”
The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, in partnership with the Powerhouse Community Arts Center and with support from The University of Mississippi Museums, proudly presents a month-long exhibit that celebrates the art and activism of Claudia DeMonte. In the belief that art is a bridge between community building, cultural understanding, and powerful social change, DeMonte has assembled pieces that cover forty years of her own work and curated exhibits. Her interest in exploring women’s roles in society, perceived gender expectations, and standards of beauty reveals a commitment to making the invisible visible in women’s lives.
The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies is proud to share this exciting and thought-provoking exhibit with The University of Mississippi and larger Oxford community. The exhibit and artist reception are part of Sarahfest, the Center’s annual festival celebrating women’s contributions to the visual and performing arts.
The exhibit will be held at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center from September 3 through October 5, 2016. Reception with the artist will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Powerhouse Community Arts Center is located at 413 South 14th Street, Oxford, MS 38655. For more information about this venue, including hours and directions, please contact The Powerhouse at: (662) 236-6429 or www.oxfordarts.com.
About the Artist:
Claudia DeMonte has had more than 60 individual and 300 group exhibitions nationally, including exhibitions at the Corcoran Museum Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Mississippi Museum, Tucson Museum, Flint Institute of Art, and Museum of the Southwest. She has lectured and exhibited in 35 countries including: France, Italy, Estonia, Iceland, Germany, Thailand, Jamaica, The Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Australia and Japan. Her work is included in numerous museum permanent collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Stamford Museum, Boca Raton Museum, and in major corporate collections such as those of Hyatt Regency Hotels, Exxon, Citibank and Siemens. She has been a juror for the Prix de Rome and the Fulbright Fellowships.
Her public commissions have come from the N.Y.C. Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Library System, Queens Supreme Court, Prudential, the State of New Mexico and N.Y.C. School Construction Authority.
DeMonte is the curator of Women of the World: A Global Collection of Art. This traveling exhibition, with accompanying book, includes work of women from 177 countries dealing with the image of women. This exhibit has been to 24 venues around the world.
Her project, REAL BEAUTY, uses handmade fabric dolls to express beauty standards around the world that are being lost due to plastic reproductions and globalization.
For 33 years DeMonte has served on the faculty of the University of Maryland where she has been named Distinguished Scholar Teacher and Professor Emerita. DeMonte also ran the Art Workshop program at the New School for Social Research from 1980-90. In 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the College of Santa Fe.
In fall 2009 a retrospective of DeMonte’s work began a ten venue national tour. Pomegranate published an accompanying monograph, with essays by Eleanor Heartney and MOMA President Emerita Agnes Gund, was published by Pomegranate. She is represented by the June Kelly Gallery in N.Y.C.