Throughout history, female artists have often been overlooked in favor of their male counterparts. In light of this, The Johnson Collection in Spartanburg is presenting Our Own Work, Our Own Way, curated by Susanna Johnson Shannon and Carter Lee Johnson. The exhibit features artists influenced by the Bauhaus teachings at Black Mountain College, including Anni Albers, Elaine de Kooning, Fannie Hillsmith, Pat Passlof, and Susan Weil, along with the works of other Southern luminaries. Jeanet Dreskin, a Greenville local, illustrates nature in its purest form, while Alma Thomas explores color field painting. Part of The Johnson Collection’s Year of the Women series, Our Own Work, Our Own Way celebrates visionary women artists.
(feature image) Alma Thomas, Blue Ground Stripe, 1971, acrylic and watercolor on paper, 22 1/2” x 29 7/8”; Maud Gatewood, Morna, 1960, oil on canvas, 60” x 48 1/2”.
Our Own Work, Our Own Way is on display at The Johnson Collection, 154 W Main St, Spartanburg, through April 17. There will be a gallery talk on April 16 at 6:30pm by Dr. Melissa Walker. For more information, visit thejohnsoncollection.org/pages/see-tjc/exhibitions/detail/0/55.