ENID : 2013

Suzanne Mitchell, Vaino, 42” x 22” x 17”, tree pods and wood

Group Sculpture Exhibition

Cressman Center for Visual Arts
100 E. Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202 

Exhibition: January 11  – February 9, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 6 -8 p.m.

First Friday Trolley Hop:  Friday, February 1, 6-9 p.m. 

The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute is pleased to announce the opening of ENID: 2013, a group sculpture exhibition featuring the artwork of a Louisville, Kentucky-based collective of female artists. The name is taken from that of the first recognized female sculptor from Louisville, Enid Yandell.  Fifteen artists will be featured in the exhibition including Shawn Marshall, Valerie Fuchs, Melinda Walters, Joyce Ogden, Gayle Cerlan, Cynthia Reynolds, Suzanne Mitchell, Sarah Frederick, Gloria Wachtel, Mary Dennis Kannapell, Jeanne Deuber, Jacque Parlsey, Fran Kratzok, Caren Cunningham, and Ewing Fahey.  The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, January 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Enid Yandell (1869-1924) represents a timeless tale of strength and persistence against the odds.  Her success as a professional sculptor at the turn of the twentieth century is particularly impressive on many levels. Despite her gender, Yandell achieved great recognition through major projects and commissions in cities like Chicago and Paris and ultimately was accepted into the National Sculpture Society. Her brazen attitude and bold professional approach is perhaps best captured in her creation of Pallas Athena, a 30-foot-tall plaster sculpture of the Greek goddess that was presented in the Parthenon reconstruction for the Nashville Biennial in 1897. Although this piece has since been destroyed, her legacy lives on locally through two iconic Louisville sculptures: Hogan’s Fountain and the portrait of Daniel Boone. Her story, both interesting and inspiring, should be a staple of art and local history.

In 1998, a group of local female artisans formed a collective to promote their own sculptural works. They decided to also promote the memory of their pioneering predecessor by naming their group ENID, in honor of Yandell. Today, the collective shows its work throughout the Ohio Valley region. Members’ ages range from 33-88 years with several members having varying levels of education, from self-taught sculptors through those with graduate degrees.

ENID: 2013 is a showcase of the commitment it takes to be an active contemporary artist.  Juggling work, family, life and still keeping a dedicated studio practice is at the very least remarkable and as a collective model, the group is an incredible phenomenon. These 15 artists continue Enid Yandell’s inspiration for another generation of women, demonstrating that individuals as conceptually different as they are artistically, can come together to make art, to support each other and to be a dynamic influence in the hectic world of life in Louisville today.

The exhibition will run through Saturday, February 9, 2013

Gallery Hours:

Wed. – Fri., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; & 1st Fri., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Cressman Center exhibitions are free and open to the public.

For information about the Hite Art Institute, visit http://louisville.edu/art or call (502) 852-0288.

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