The 2014 Spring Art Exhibit of the UMKC Women’s Center, Her Art Project, is WONDER WOMEN: SHEroes, Freedom Fighters and Women Who Kick Butt!
The exhibit runs Feb. 7 to March 29 at Leedy-Voulkos Arts Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. There are First Friday openings 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7 and March 7. An Artists’ Reception will be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 7. RSVP.This exhibit explores the idea of superheroines in the arts and features local artists Michelle Beasley, Nedra Bonds, Nicole Emanuel, Ritchie Kaye, Eugenia Ortiz and Sonie Ruffin. These women are not only themselves activists, advocates and change makers in the community, but they also create art and imagery that evokes the strength, courage and resilience of the empowered woman.
These Wonder Women artists have told stories, raised awareness and given a voice to women making art in Kansas City: Textile artist Nedra Bonds uses her quilts as a tool for social change, advocating for civil rights, women’s rights and environmental rights. Sonie Ruffin’s quilts tell stories of the African American experience and remind us of the multicultural world we live in and a past we shouldn’t forget. Eugenia Ortiz is an outspoken advocate for survivors of gender violence and has found a way through her own art to heal from her experience with violence. And Michelle Beasley, Ritchie Kaye and Nicole Emanuel create work that feature women and the female form, demonstrating the diversity of all women and the unique qualities that make so many of them Wonder Women. This exhibit asks the audience to consider the wonder of the artist and her art, and to see them as sheroes, freedom fighters and women who kick butt!