Amplify, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art group exhibition
Amplify, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, July 15-October 24, 2021
Amplify focuses on the experiences of woman-identifying artists in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. Virginia MOCA curators have connected with curatorial colleagues and asked them to share their recommendations of woman-identifying artists who are exploring identity and the gendered roles of women. Constructs regarding a woman’s identity can be complicated and loaded with political agendas and nuances; yet they are also fascinating, beautiful, and filled with joy when embraced in all their forms. Through a variety of media and approaches, the artists in Amplify explore some of the many aspects of what it is to be a woman. They reveal common themes from an intersectional, and deeply personal lens.
Virginia MOCA curators took inspiration from a strategy first developed by women staffers of the Obama administration when their contributions were overlooked at meetings. When one woman spoke up or offered an idea, another would both recognize and repeat it. They called this strategy “amplification.” By persistently supporting one another, they were heard. This exhibition’s goal is the same. Virginia MOCA will echo the work and ideas of the artists in Amplify. Through the exhibition, programming, and online platforms, their voices will become louder, and they will be heard.
Artists: Megan Angolia, Endia Beal, Susie Brandt, Barbara Campbell Thomas, Caitlin Cherry, Joan Cox, Helen Criales, Erika Diamond, Erin Fostel, Amy Herzel, Amy Hughes Braden, Susan Jamison, Sue Johnson, Julia Kwon, Margaret Meehan, Ambrose Rhapsody Murray, Meg Stein, Nastassja Swift, SHAN Wallace.
Interview, Artist/Mother Podcast, November 16, 2020
A conversation I had with my painting mentor and friend Helen O'Leary was a November 2020 episode on the Artist/Mother Podcast.
Founder and Director of the Artist/Mother Podcast, Kaylan Buteyn, described the episode:
I’m thrilled to share this conversation with two artist/mothers that inspire me and inspire each other, Helen O’Leary and Barbara Campbell Thomas. The two met in a painting class at Penn State where Helen taught Barbara as an undergrad, and their paths have been intertwined ever since. Helen and Barbara join me for a rich conversation that demonstrates the importance of intergenerational mentorship in the absence of comprehensive representation for artist/mothers in the academy and beyond.
A link to this podcast:
Pneuma, solo exhibition at the Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia
My solo exhibition Pneuma opened at UVA's Ruffin Gallery on October 26th, 2020. The exhibition ran until early January 2021. Pneuma exhibited 24 paintings, most made since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The exhibition also featured a grouping of my sketchbooks.
An interview about the work in the exhibition is located at the following link:
Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
I was thrilled to be part of this survey of North Carolina painting, curated by Ashlynn Browning. The exhibition opened March 7, 2020 and ran until February 14, 2021.
A link to the exhibition page at NCMA: