Opening reception:

Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936–Present

Opening Reception October 16, 2020
(Masks or face coverings will be required of all visitors)
Donor Reception 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Public Reception 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Artist Talk with Jamea Richmond-Edwards at 7:15 p.m.

The Robert C. Shields American Series is an annual event which shares, with our regional audience, the rich art history and culture of our nation. Represented in these exhibitions are many of the key artists and artistic movements responsible for creating an American art legacy. This will be the 13th year we have offered this series and it continues to gain momentum and respect in the community for the rich visual perspectives it offers on American art.

An awe-inspiring celebration of an intergenerational group of artists—one that is both comprehensive and long overdue—Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936 – Present highlights the indelible ways in which the women of American Abstract Artists have, for more than eighty years, shifted and shaped the frontiers of American abstraction.

Please join us with Jamea Richmond-Edwards for a free, public gallery talk about her work beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Jamea Richmond-Edwards: Twenty Twenty
Art League Gallery

“This body of work is a physical representation of the emotional and psychological phases I experienced during the course of the quarantine. The inception of this work began while attending an art residency in New Orleans that was essentially cut short because of COVID-19. Before leaving the residency to quarantine with family, the spirit of the great south touched me in a very impactful way. This body of work is also influenced by my sonic experience of blues and jazz. My interest in the genres heightened while I was culturally immersed in its birthplace of the Southeast while in residency. 

As time passed while in quarantine, I realized the unique opportunity this moment in history presented; A time to be still.

Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas-O’neal: A Deep Feeling
Project Room

A Deep Feeling includes three recent video works by Chicago based visual artist, educator, and independent curator, Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas-O’neal. All three works celebrate Black womanhood, connecting the past to our present moment — with the complexities and beauty that entails. 

Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936-Present was
organized by The Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY and the
Ewing Gallery, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN and is toured by
International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

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