The October exhibition of the Organization of Kingston Women Artists (OKWA) is taking on gender bias.
In the art world, gender bias takes the form of an acute imbalance that
favors men over women in museum exhibitions, pricing of art, gallery representation and amount of media coverage devoted to women artists
To draw attention to the issue, next month’s exhibition at the TettCentre will show work by women only, with each artist commenting on whether and how feminism has influenced her work.
“Our organization has put the work of professional women artists front and centre in our community for more than 25 years. But this is a moment when women’s voices are finally being heard, in art, as well as in politics and film,” says OKWA representative, Jane Derby.
Some curators and dealers pointedly suggest that under-recognized women artists represent a buying opportunity. At least a dozen major galleries and museums in the US and Canada are featuring women-themed surveys in places like London, New York, Miami and L.A.
The show runs from October 10 to November 4, at the Tett Centre, 370 King St West, Kingston. The opening reception is October 14, from 2 to 4.