A new exhibition at the Haggin Museum titled “Full Sun: American Women Artists Illuminate the Haggin Museum” opens August 2, 2018, and continues through September 16. This juried show features paintings and sculptures by members of American Women Artists (AWA) influenced by 13 paintings from the Haggin Museum’s core art collection.
As the Haggin began the redesign of its core art galleries, Robin Knowlton, AWA’s executive director, and Kathy Lemke Waste, immediate past president of the AWA Board, approached the museum with an idea to host an exhibition as a part of their “25 in 25” initiative. Started in 2017 by AWA, “25 in 25” was inspired by the dismal statistics showing that work by women artists makes up only 3 to 5 percent of the permanent holdings of art museums in America. AWA’s plan is to secure 25 museum exhibitions in as many years. The Haggin Museum is hosting the third scheduled show of the “25 in 25” initiative.
“Full Sun: American Women Artists Illuminate the Haggin Museum” celebrates a re-examination of the Haggin Collection. For this exhibition, members of AWA were asked to create artwork that was inspired by a selection of 13 paintings from the Haggin Museum’s 19th- and 20th-century art, including works by William Merritt Chase, Albert Bierstadt, Rosa Bonheur, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and other notable artists. AWA artists could take their inspiration from the artwork, the artist’s greater body of work, or the theme of the painting.