Ali Cavanaugh, “Effect,” 2015, fresco, 16 x 20 inches

Women Painting Women — an online resource and Web-based community that has showcased more than 430 contemporary women painters from across the globe, is currently showing 53 paintings from 30 contemporary female artists in its first ever traveling museum exhibition. Where did it land on October 18?

Texas A&M University’s J. Wayne Stark Galleries is the proud host of Women Painting Women’s (WPW) first ever traveling museum exhibition. On view now through December 16, the exhibition — curated by WPW co-founders Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel — honors the human spirit and explores the complexity of being a woman today.

Leslie Adams, “The Purity of Imagination and Color,” 2014, oil, 40 x 40 inches
Aleah Chapin, “Auntie,” oil on canvas, 58 x 38 inches

According to the press release, “The collection of paintings avoids voyeuristic depictions and delves into such concepts as identity, role association, fragility with dignity, and emotional complexity. The women depicted in the paintings vary in age, race, and their pose to reflect the modern woman.” “To see this show is to live more than the female experience,” suggested Elizabeth Jackson of ArtSee Magazine. “The psychological complexity of the portraits, the emotional intensity, and the humor — all are fundamental aspects of what it is to be human. The view here is sensitive and compellingly complicated.”

Ellen Cooper, “Defiance of Erebus,” 2011, oil, 62 x 36 inches
Stephanie Deshpande, “The Fall,” 2013, oil on linen, 16 x 20 inches
Karen Offutt, “From the Shadows,” 2014, oil, 12 x 15 inches

Alia El-Bermani added, “Each artist looks beyond the surface of her subject, beyond mere replication of the physical world before her, in search of deeper realities. These artists have found a freedom to avoid voyeuristic depictions of the female form to examine honest and sometimes personal narratives about the struggles and resilience of the indomitable contemporary woman.”

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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