KU’s Spencer Museum receives $20K grant to develop ‘Bold Women’ exhibit

photo by: Chris Conde

The Spencer Museum of Art is pictured on the campus of the University of Kansas, Sept. 13, 2018.

The Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas was awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the research and development of an exhibit called “Bold Women: Changing the World and Art.”

The exhibit is scheduled to open in 2023 and is meant to stimulate conversation about the intersection of race and gender. It will feature an international assemblage of women and nonbinary artists, a KU press release stated. About 100 pieces of art will be in the exhibit showcasing “women’s artistic roles in creating change and advancing social justice during the past 150 years.” The exhibit will include painting, textiles, photography, sculpture, metalwork and video. The grant will enable Susan Earle, Spencer Museum curator of European and American art, to work with a team of advisers on the exhibit. The grant will also support a graduate student intern who will research and collaborate with the advisory group.

“This exhibition will champion overlooked accomplishments of underrepresented groups to open thinking beyond conventional constructions of race and gender boundaries,” Earle said in the release. “As such, many voices and perspectives will be included in the project’s development.”


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