Published DatePLYMOUTH — "GROWL" is an exhibition of artwork by 33 women artists addressing questions of women's wild strength will open with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on the Plymouth State University campus.
The show runs through March 15 and is sponsored by the New Hampshire chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art, which invited WCA members from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maine, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to participate in the exhibition.
The Women's Caucus for Art is a national organization unique for its multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, gallery and museum professionals, and others involved in the arts. WCA's New Hampshire Chapter promotes advancement of women in the visual arts, professional networking, educational programs, and exhibition opportunities.
Saisha Grayson, assistant curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, is the juror for the show and will speak at the reception. GROWL coincides with the campus-wide celebration of Women's History Month.
"The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is proud and delighted to present this exhibition," said Terry Downs, director of the Drerup Gallery. "GROWL is an opportunity for these artists to demonstrate their most progressive work in the visual arts. The exhibit displays women's issues in a variety of forms, techniques and styles at the most assertive level." He added that the show is an opportunity for students of the university and the larger community to witness and be inspired by the vision of these fine artists.
Plymouth artist Marcia Santore, representing the WCA/NH exhibitions committee, worked with Grayson, Downs and the gallery staff to organize the show. "When the idea came to me for this show, I'd been thinking about the pressures on women, even today, to conform to certain expectations of restraint that we feel from the larger society," Santore said. "I'd also been thinking about primal feelings, times in our lives when we really respond to a situation as the animals we are. I was very excited to see the response to the idea from WCA members and to see the very different ways they addressed the topic."