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Personal Is Still Political
March 2 - March 31
Personal is Still Political is the third collaboration between artists and educators Lisa Simon and Skylar Smith. The exhibition is a response to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and post-election landscape. Smith uses dates of women’s suffrage, and images of women’s marches to make layered compositions that confront the ground lost, and the progress made by global women’s movements. Simon explores culture and gender through the lens of early 20th century advertising and art-historical imagery to create humorous and tragic assertions about gender expectations. Both artists ask the questions ‘What do these images mean in this time and place?’ and ‘What do they say about where we are going?’
Opening Reception: Friday, March 2, 5pm – 8pm
In addition to original artwork, small editions of prints and objects will be available for purchase during the opening and closing receptions.
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 31, 1pm – 3pm
Activities include: Louisville Suffrage Walking Tour led by Marsha Weinstein; and all-ages art making activities including ‘Make your own Nasty Woman Button’ and ‘Make your own Suffrage Sash’. Suffrage Tour starts at 2pm.
Skylar Smith (b.1976, Louisville, KY) is an artist, educator, and entrepreneur. She is a founding member of Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University (KyCAD), and has helped build the school from the seed of an idea to a living and evolving entity, where she is also an Assistant Professor. Smith has taught college-level studio and art history courses for over ten years, in addition to teaching in non-profits and alternative-education venues. Her artwork deals with micro and macro perceptions of the natural world, and human-scale politics that influence perception.
Smith’s work has been exhibited regionally and internationally, including at The Parachute Factory, Lexington, KY; The Anne Wright Wilson Gallery at Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY; The Barr Gallery at Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN; The 1926 Gallery, Chicago, IL; Sanskriti Kendra Foundation, New Delhi, India; and at the Sanbarbh Residency, Partapur, India. She has completed Artist Residencies in India at Sanskriti Kendra and Sanbarbh Residency; and Colegio Trener, an elementary school in Lima, Peru. Smith has curated several exhibitions, including With Child at The Huff Gallery, Louisville, KY; The Hangar Show at Cardinal Wings Hangar, Louisville, KY; Wallpaper at The Stray Show, Chicago, IL; and Suspension at 1926 Gallery, Chicago, IL. Grants include Artist Meets Activism and Artist Enrichment grants from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grant.
Smith has a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher. She has taught at the University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). Through JCTC, she also taught college-level courses to men and women in prison. Smith resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and two daughters. (See Skylar Smith’s website.)
Lisa Simon, (b.1975, Louisville, KY) is an artist and educator, whose career has focused on providing art to underserved communities and advocacy for the important and often overlooked role of visual literacy in education. After a combined 15 years of professorial work with Jefferson Community and Technical College, the University of Louisville, and Michigan State University, Lisa has shifted her educational focus to early childhood education and now teaches Kindergarten Art at the fantastic Highland Presbyterian Weekday School. Outside of the formal classroom, Lisa builds and facilitates community art-making practices with JCPS and Uspiritus. She is embarking on year two of collaborative art-making with the Bellewood School and Boys and Girls Haven. Additional recent projects include Artist-in-Residence positions with Kentucky Mudworks and Hawthorne Elementary.
Outside the classroom, Lisa is a practicing artist and curator. Her artwork can be seen locally at Galerie Hertz, and past curatorial efforts include the 2012 exhibition With Child at the Huff Gallery and the 2014 exhibition Accumulation at the Jewish Community Center’s Patio Gallery.
Lisa Simon received her BFA in 2001, from the University of Louisville, where she concentrated in painting and printmaking. In 2002, she was awarded a distinguished Fellowship at Michigan State University. After graduating in 2005 with a dual MFA degree in painting and ceramics, Lisa moved back to Louisville where she continues to design and facilitate creative group workshops, raise her children and make art. (See Lisa Simon’s website.)