The "HERstory" exhibit was a myriad of art forms, each piece as distinct as their artist. In either subject or theme these works make up a conglomerate that focuses on the techniques of talented women.
The virtue of this collection was not lost on Kristina Rubio, a senior in psychology.
"It's interesting to be able to look at the art and understand that our university cares about us being open to different artistic expressions," Rubio said. "There are engraving pieces, screen printings and paintings that are a nice variety to choose from and enjoy."
The range of exhibits spanned roles as well as forms as professors' works were displayed side by side with that of their own graduate students. This diversity was an accomplishment for Shannon Herron, the chair of the exhibition and a senior in two-dimensional art.
Herron said that the event focused on the works of female faculty and graduate students in the art program. In total, 25 members submitted one to three pieces of art and participated in the exhibit.
"We asked them to write about what it means for them to be women in the art world and what it means to them," Herron said. "We wanted this to be a good opportunity for them to get some of their work out there, and I was really happy with the amount of faculty and graduate students that wanted to contribute."
By placing their art in this exhibit focusing on the relationship between their art and gender, some artists saw their own works through a new lens. Jessica Anderson, third-year graduate student in sculpture, submitted pieces from a clay study she produced.
"One thing that I didn't notice until asked to reflect on my place as a woman artist is that I eliminated gender in a way that really appeals to me and that they are not necessarily filled with a pointed identity," Anderson said. "They don't have a necessary age, skin color or gender, and that was fun to realize an unknown element of what I was doing. As a female in the art-making space it has been a great and supportive community, so it was a special time to kind of reflect on how that's been a nurturing space encouraging us not to feel very limited."
Althea Murphy-Price, assistant professor in printmaking, said that her work is personally motivated, dealing with issues of identity, culture and obligation. Murphy-Price also said that she enjoyed how the exhibit focused on women and their role in art today.
"I address my interest in hair from a woman's perspective and all the imagery I make is decorative and I try to reference things like women's jewelry and tools of fashion," Murphy-Price said. "It's really great to see a variety of approaches and ideas that speak to how diverse we are although history may have used a broad brush over women in general in their approach to the aesthetic. This (exhibit) shows how layered our interests and ideas and ultimately women's issues are."