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Women's Work Exhibition

Women’s Work: Selected Women Artists from the McClung Museum

Dates: January 20 - July 24, 2021


Jessica Caldas: Artist Talk, March 2 at 7:30pm

Independence through Financial Literacy, April 6 at 5:30pm

Trivia with the McClung Student Advisory Board, April 11 at 12:00pm

Work created by women artists is celebrated and explored in this exhibition from the McClung’s Arts and Culture collection.

The McClung’s collection of women artists primarily includes local, East Tennessee artists like Adelia Armstrong Lutz, Mary Etta Grainger, and others, along with some well-known American artists like Elizabeth Nourse and Maria Martinez. Though at first this group of art makers seems scattered, this exhibition brings them together to explore some of the motivations of women to produce art. We examine how women’s opportunities were altered due to time, geographic location, and community and family support.  The societal constraints on these women artists were informed by the time and place in which they lived, and their art reflects that. This exhibition shows how women used art to create new worlds for themselves. Naturalists like Maria Sybilla Merian changed the way people thought about the natural world, while San Ildefonso Pueblo pottery from Maria Martinez would influence Eastern Band Cherokee potters like Amanda Swimmer. The oft overlooked legacy and scholarship of women artists is given a fresh perspective when lifted out of the confines of being hidden and brushed aside.

Virtual Tour with Transcript


First Horizon Bank (Presenting Sponsor)
Additional Sponsors:
Penny Tschantz
Barbara Cole & John G. Peters
Drs. Amit & Bhavna Vora
Burke & Lezah Pinnell
Linda Gay Blanc & Marshall H. Peterson
EST8TE (Mary Ellen & Nell Brewington)

Curated by Emma Grace Thompson.

Thompson served as the Graduate Research Assistant for Exhibition Curation during the 2019-2020 academic year. She graduated from UT in Spring 2020 with a Master’s degree in History.

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