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Epsten Gallery To Present 'Women to Watch: 2015 (Women, Nature & Art)'


The Epsten Gallery is pleased to announce that Kansas City artist, Lara Shipley, has been selected to participate in the upcoming exhibition, Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 (June 5 – Sept. 13), to be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), Washington D.C.

Lara Shipley

“I am drawn to portraiture for the permission as a woman to stare. The women I photograph are chosen because they are familiar, making the portraits part personal reflection. I am the girl who wants to move for opportunity but stays for love, the woman who is an artist, living as an isolated eccentric, the baby in the water, growing up naked and feral, the girl on Friday night, trying very hard to be beautiful, the girl in the woods, fearing the approaching darkness.” - Lara Shipley 

In advance of the exhibition and in collaboration with the Greater Kansas City Area Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Epsten Gallerywill present Women to Watch: 2015 (Women, Nature & Art) featuring Lara Shipley and the four other Kansas City artists who were selected to represent the greater Kansas City area -- Rain Harris, Diana Heise, Linda Lighton and Sonié Joi Ruffin. The exhibition will be on display from Feb. 8 – March 22. Themes surrounding relationships between women, nature and art will be reflected through a multitude of perspectives and media including ceramics, video, installation, photography and textiles.

The nominating/selection committee in Kansas City for Women to Watch: 2015 (Women, Art & Nature), included: Michael Baxley (Gallery Manager/Curator at Belger Arts Center/Red Star Studios), Kathy Aron Dowell (Director of Arts and Humanities Programming, Mid-America Arts Alliance), Elijah Gowin (Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City), Glenn North (Poet in Residence and Education Specialist at the American Jazz Museum) and Stacy Switzer (Artistic Director, Grand Arts). Catherine L. Futter (Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Senior Curator, Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) made the final five selections from the pool of nominees for the Epsten Gallery exhibition.

Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 is the fourth Women to Watch exhibition, developed in collaboration with NMWA’s national and international outreach committees. The exhibition, curated by Associate Curator Virginia Treanor, will feature work by emerging and underrepresented artists from communities across the country and the world.