In case you haven’t had a chance to view the Modern Womxn: An Exploration exhibit on Handmade PNW or Alma Mater’s websites, you can now see it in person with a free, private showing at Alma Mater. This is the second Modern Womxn exhibition at Alma Mater, featuring local cis and self-identifying womxn from the greater Tacoma area.
Allison Bishins curated both the 2019 and 2020 exhibits at Alma Mater. The idea was born out of Bishins’ desire to see art that explored the conversations around gender equality going on in 2018, from the #metoo movement to equal pay. A panel on being female in the modern workplace and a reception with entertainment were part of the exhibit last year.
COVID-19 canceled plans to do similar events along with the exhibit, but Bishins wanted to make sure the artists still got to display their work. The exhibit has been available to view on Handmade PNW’s website as well as Alma Mater’s website for free since June 9.
Each piece has a corresponding statement by the artist, and if available, a link to purchase the art. You can also find the artists’ information listed to view their other work and support them. Through the end of August, pieces for sale can be purchased on Handmade PNW’s site. The exhibit will stay online for at least a year, Bishins said.
This year, the call to artists asked them to create or bring a piece that speaks to their experience as a womxn. The pieces included explore the themes of vulnerability, connection, reflection, and societal expectations.
“I think art can speak to a problem in a way that really grabs people’s attention, that maybe words can’t,” Bishins said.
To experience the show in person, book a private viewing for no more than five people here.