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Clara Skinner (American, 1902 – 1976), Theatre No. 1 (detail), c. 1933 – 1934, woodblock print, Permanent Loan, U.S. Government, W.P.A. Federal Art Project.
Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania. 

Violet Oakley (American, 1874 – 1961), For the Preservation of Italy, Guardian of the World’s Most Precious Heritage of Beauty, 1918, lithograph, Gift, Captain Roswell C. Williams Jr.  
Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Isabel Bishop (American, 1902 – 1988), Girl in Slacks, n.d. ink drawing, Gift of the artist. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Ella Sophonisba Hergesheimer (American, 1873 – 1943), Magnolia Seedpods, n.d., woodblock print, Museum Purchase.
Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Margaret White Lesley Bush-Brown (American, 1857 – 1944), Market Day in Dives, Normandy, 1884, ink on paper, 13 13/16 x 8 5/8 inches, Museum Purchase, 1918.115.29. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822 – 1899), A Daughter of Arabia, after 1880, ink on paper, 10 7/16 x 8 inches, Gift, J. Wilmer Fisher, 1925.106.1, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Janet Elizabeth Turner (American, 1914 – 1988), Egg of the Flamingo, 1953, ink on paper, 15 ½ x 21 inches, Museum Purchase, 1954.38.1, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

After Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755 – 1842), engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (Italian, 1725 – 1815), L'Innocence se Refugiant dans les Bras de la Justice, 1783, ink on paper, 15 5/8 x 17 ½ inches, Museum Purchase, 1968.219.1C, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Elisabetta Sirani (Italian, 1638 – 1665), Holy Family with St. Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist, ink on paper, 10 ¼ x 8 ½ inches, Museum Purchase, 1970.69.1, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Anna Lea Merritt (American, 1844 – 1930), Ophelia, 1880, ink on paper, 8 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches, Gift, Dr. and Mrs. Albert R. Miller, 1983.8.1, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.


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Women Artists: Four Centuries of Creativity

This fascinating exhibition examines works on paper—etchings, engravings, lithographs, drawings, watercolors, woodblock prints, and photographs—by some of the most important women artists of the last four centuries with a selection of 37 examples from the Reading Public Museum’s fine permanent collection. The show chronicles the emergence of women as professionals in the field of art and records the extraordinary creative contributions made over the centuries.

Historical works by (or after) Elisabetta Sirani (Italian, 1638 – 1665) and Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French, 1755 – 1842), outstanding nineteenth-century works by Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822 – 1899), Anna Lea Merritt (American, 1844 – 1930), and Eliza Greatorex (American, 1819 – 1897), and examples by icons of twentieth century art like Sonia Delaunay (French, 1885 – 1979), Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867 – 1945), Louise Nevelson (1899 – 1988), and Françoise Gilot (French, 1921 – 2023 ), are featured in the exhibition. Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) era works by Clara Skinner (American, 1902 – 1976), Peggy Bacon (American, 1895 – 1987), and Isabel Bishop (American, 1902 – 1988) capture contemporary life on the streets of New York, theaters, and rural America. Works by more contemporary artists such as Lee Bontecou (American, 1931 – 2022), Elizabeth Osborne (American, b. 1936), Ida Applebroog (American, b. 1929), and Lorna Simpson (b. 1960), among others, explore meaningful trends in the current world of art.

Contents: 37 framed works on paper

Size: Approximately 120 linear feet

Exhibition fee includes: approximate 12 week loan period, digital versions of labels and text panels, and a marketing packet including several high-resolution images, captions, and a sample press release

Exhibition Tour:

Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA
Ellen Nöel Art Museum, Odessa, TX
Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, Quincy, FL
Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND


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