UWF Women’s Study Collective, Pensacola Museum of Art exhibits women’s paintings

By Jamir Sellers
Staff writer

Pensacola Museum of Art, connected with the Huntsville Museum of Art, opened their art exhibit Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art on Nov. 28. This exhibit is a series of paintings that have been done by several women in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The displayed paintings were created during the French Impressionist movement that made an impact on American women painters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The painting Evening Shadows graces the ad for the Rebels With a Cause exhibit. (Photo by Jamir Sellers)

“The Huntsville Museum of Art has achieved many milestones since its inception in 1970, but the acquisition of the Sellars Collection of Art by American women represents a truly defining moment,” The Huntsville Museum of Art said on their program that was available to the viewers

“The Huntsville Museum of Art has achieved many milestones since its inception in 1970, but the acquisition of the Sellars Collection of Art by American women represents a truly defining moment,” the Huntsville Museum of Art said on a program available to the guests of the exhibit.

Assistant Curator of Pensacola Museum of Art Felicia Gail was more than excited to be a part of the exhibits and deemed it a special moment in her tenure.

These Impressionist artists are part of a long history of people who have been marginalized,” Gail, said. “Their voices weren’t always heard by their contemporaries in the ways of immediate recognition.”

During those times, women were not to be equal or better than their male counterparts in many aspects of society, so exhibiting these art talents was a risk in the 20th century.

“Many rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts,” Gail said. “They received accolades and awards, paving the way for all of us. Still, some of their names remain unfamiliar.”

Greta Allen Dietz’s oil on canvas work called “Evening Shadows.” (Photo by Jamir Sellers)

These paintings have inspired women who participate in and appreciate the world of art to this day. Many University of West Florida art majors not only take the women as inspiration for their work but art itself as a main focal point. 

“As a woman, and an art major, it’s inspiring to see women making such detailed pieces,” Savannah Nicole, digital art major, said. “It can be empowering, but although women artists aren’t as recognized, for me, art is about the feeling the pieces produce in a viewer, not about who made it.”

These paintings are an inspiration to not only art majors but women whose careers have nothing to do with art, as well.

Agnes Millen Richmond’s “A Young Friend” which was made in 1922. (Photo by Jamir Sellers)

“I absolutely see these paintings as the same level of quality as artwork painted by men in those time periods,” Kenna Kirkpatrick, a nursing major, said.

Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women is organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art and will be open until Dec. 11, with free admission for UWF students.

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