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AMHERST, Mass.—The Mead Art Museum celebrates 25 years of coeducation at Amherst College with The Belles of Amherst: Contemporary Women Artists in the Collections of the Mead Art Museum and University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst. There will be an opening reception at the Mead on Friday, May 31, at 4:30 p.m.; the exhibition will remain on view in the Fairchild Gallery from May 31 until Sept. 8.
For many years, both the Mead and the University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts have been acquiring work by women artists. This exhibition demonstrates their extraordinary and diverse achievement. The earliest material in the exhibit is by two legendary figures, Louise Nevelson and Lee Krasner, and the exhibition also features work by Dotty Attie, Jennifer Bartlett, Andrea Belag, Elizabeth Catlett, Judy Chicago, Sonya Clark, Sue Coe, Lesley Dill, Lydia Dona, Elizabeth Dworkin, Heide Fasnacht, Louise Fishman, Audrey Flack, April Gornik, Jane Haskell, Carol Hepper, Gillie Holme, Louise Laplante, Annette Lemieux, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Deborah Muirhead, Judy Pfaff, Helen Evans Ramsaran, Betye Saar, Kiki Smith and Joan Snyder. The show includes a wide range of media, style, and content, reflecting many voices and convictions.
In conjunction with this exhibition, the Mead will present a lecture by Deborah Muirhead on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. Muirhead is a professor of art and art history at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She recently was awarded a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowship to work on a research project at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass.
Beginning May 18, the Mead Art Museum is on its summer schedule, open Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. More information is available on the Mead’s Website at http://www.amherst.edu/mead or by calling the Mead Art Museum at 413/542-2335.