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Rouge: Utah Women's Voices

Curated by Nancy Andruk Olson 





Artist Michol Hebron, who tallies Los Angeles area galleries, states that, “When I go to museums or galleries, I look to them as indicators of the way that our culture processes and reflects ideas, theories, experiences, and emotions. If I consistently have to try to ‘put myself in a man’s shoes’ in order to ‘relate’ to a work of art, it begins to create an identity crisis of sorts. I am constantly being told by history, the market, and art world trends that to be successful, I have to be like someone else, namely, a male.” For this show, artists have been asked to contribute a piece that highlights this disparity and gives Utah women artists an opportunity to share what it is like to be in “their shoes”. Each work discusses their view of their role as a woman in Utah today. Given the cultural climate in Utah, with a large segment holding to traditional values and a new emerging culture with more diverse viewpoints, a wide range of perspectives are represented. The intention of this exhibit will provide representation to the many female artists working in Utah today and point to the significance of their work as well as elucidate what they consider as their roles. With a nod to the contemporary women’s movement, each artist will include the common thread of something pink.


According to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, over 85% of collections held by museums are done by male artists. While 51% of artists in the United States are female, only about 30% are represented by galleries. These statistics hold true for Utah galleries and museums. A survey of the artists on the 15 bytes artist listing shows that 60% of artists in Utah are female. A review of 12 of the leading galleries in Utah shows that 5 represent 70% men and 30% female. Six have a more equitable distribution, while still male favored, of about 55% male. There is one outlier Relics gallery, which is 70% female. Women fare much worse in Utah museum collections. The Springville museum, which holds mostly Utah artists in their collection, has only about 35% of works by female artists. A survey of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts recent acquisitions shows that only about 17% were by female artists. While the BYU MOA boasts the only collection named after a female artist, Minerva Tiechert, the collections available for viewing on their website are about 90% male. A tally of their recent acquisition highlights are 100% male. These statistics demonstrate the gender disparity that exists in the nation also exists between artists in Utah. The purpose of this exhibit is to reflect on that imbalance and contemplate what can be done to address this issue.

Participating Artists:

Nancy Andruk

Olson Valerie Atkisson

Kristin Baird

Cindy Bean

Katrina Berg

Annie K. Blake

Liberty Blake

Brooke Bowen

Stephanie Kelly Clark

Emily Fox King

Jann Haworth

Kristen Holt Beitler

Rebecca Klundt

Kathryn Knudsen

Susan Krueger-Barber

Karalee Kuchar

Elizabeth Matthews

Kate Mooth

Loralee Nicolay

Phoenix Ostermann

Ya’el Pedroza

Jean Richardson

Katie Rojas

Amanda Smith

Miroslava K. Vomela

Annie Watkins

Emilia Wing

Nicole Woodbury

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