Breaking With Tradition: Ohio Women Painters, 1870 - 1950
November 3, 2005 - January 8, 2006

Promotional exhibition postcard featuring a portrait of three people

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery will present an exhibition highlighting the significance of influential female artists from Ohio. Breaking With Tradition: Ohio Women Painters, 1870 – 1950 will be on view November 3, 2005 through January 8, 2006. The exhibition is curated by Massillon Museum director Christine Fowler Shearer. “This exhibition highlights the professional careers of a group of women artists from Ohio,” says Shearer. “It depicts the stuggles they faced as well as the triumphs they encountered.” Breaking With Tradition illustrates the significance of women who influenced the art realm from the years following the American Civil War through the era immediately after World War II. Paintings by 15 artists, including Elizabeth Nourse and Alice Schille, whose work is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, offers a unique perspective on the role of women in the arts. Primarily comprised of watercolor and oil paintings, the exhibition encompasses the progression of styles from academic to modern.

Featured artists include Caroline A. Lord (1860 – 1927), Emma Mendenhall (1873 – 1964), Elizabeth Nourse (1859 – 1938), Dixie Selden (1870 – 1935), Annie G. Sykes (1855 – 1931) and Bessie Hoover Wessell (1889 – 1973) of the Cincinnati area; Carolyn Bradley (1898 – 1954), Harriet Kirkpatrick (1877 – 1962), Alice Schille (1869 – 1955) and Yeteve Smith (1888 – 1975) from Columbus; May Ames (1863 – 1943), Clara Deike (1881 – 1964), Natalie Enyon Grauer (1888 – 1955), Grace Kelly (1877 – 1950) and Edith Stevenson Wright (1883 – 1975) from Cleveland.