Image: Dixie Selden (1868–1935), United States, 79th St. and Riverside Drive, 1915, oil on canvas, Gift of Bethel M. Caster in memory of her brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Annelise Caster, for their contributions to the arts, civic and university life of Cincinnati, 1999.172
Image: Bessie Hoover Wessel (1888–1973), United States, Chrysanthemums, pre-1918, oil on canvas, Collection of the City School District of the City of Cincinnati; made available to the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum, L15.2008:80
In 1892, nineteen artists established the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati to “stimulate its members to greater effort in their work and increase a general interest in art.” At a time when women were progressing from the home into the workplace, these artists seeking equal opportunities for advancement formed one of the first such clubs in the nation. This presentation in celebration of the club’s 125th anniversary features works of art across a range of media produced by its members from its inception to about 1925. Central to the professional lives of many of the city’s most notable artists—Dixie Selden, Bessie Hoover Wessel and Mary Louise McLaughlin, for example—the club provided a prominent venue for the exhibition and sale of their work, enriching educational programs, a special sense of shared purpose and a spirited camaraderie.
To learn more about the Woman’s Art Club today please visit www.artatthebarn.org.
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