She Crossed the Line-RedLine’s Year-Long Celebration of Female Artists
from the press release-
RedLine Presents The Transit of Venus: Four Decades Front Range Women in the Visual ArtsThe Transit of Venus is the First in a Series of Exhibitions to be Presented Throughout 2014 as Part of She Crossed the Line–RedLine’s Year-Long Celebration of Female ArtistsJanuary 10 – February 23, 2014
DENVER–November 19, 2013–RedLine is pleased to announce the exhibition The Transit of Venus: Four Decades Front Range Women in the Visual Arts, featuring over 60 works by two dozen female artists, all of whom were part of the grass-roots organization by the same name. The exhibition is also a celebration of the group’s 40th anniversary, and the first in a series of shows presented throughout 2014 as part of She Crossed the Line, RedLine’s year-long focus on female artists.
Named for the Colorado region in which they lived and work, Front Range Women in the Visual Arts was founded in 1974 by a group of artists and graduate students at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU), at a turning point in the history of women in the arts when female artists began seeking greater visibility and validation among the mainstream art world.
According to the curator, William Biety, “The exhibition of work by this group of remarkable women, that opens January 10, 2014, is the evidence of their journeys, the telling of their stories and a testament to change.”
Long overlooked by leading art critics, writers, academics, museums and galleries, female artists in the 1970s, inspired by the political energy of the time, began seeking new ways to assert themselves as artists through collective force. Front Range soon became a regional champion for women artists, both by working to pave the way for more exposure and involvement for women in the artists, and also by recognizing and studying female artists often overlooked in art history texts at the time. The group’s first exhibition, Women Working, at CU gathered together female graduate students to discuss issues that affected women, and to build connections with other women on a national level. They also organized several out-of-state exhibits, exchange programs and also a month long celebration, Colorado Women in the Arts in 1979, which was open to all female artists in the state of Colorado and included more than 80 events.
Front Range Women in the Visual Arts, A Decade of Women's Art- Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, 1984. Photo by Meridel Rubenstein.
The Transit of Venus at RedLine will include works by Micaela Amato, Barbara Baer, Carol Brown, Marilyn Duke, Sally Elliot, Jaci Fischer, Margaretta Gilboy, Anne Isolde, June Julian, Carol Kliger, Vidie Lange, Virginia Maitland, Fran Metzger, Georgia Pugh Quinn Jalal, Celeste Rehm, Marcia Marfia Rehn, Helen Redman, Sue Robinson, Barbara Shark, Barbara Takenaga, Becky Van Buren, and Betty Woodman.
In addition to The Transit of Venus, RedLine’s year-long focus on female artists will also include four exhibitions featuring artists Chen Man, Judy Chicago, Senga Nengudi, and Harmony Hammond, celebrating both a diversity of medium while also exploring how women have pioneered cutting-edge contemporary art in respect to their medium and in relation to social change.