Bold Women

Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 317; Dolph Simons Family Gallery, 316; Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation Gallery, 315

Opening in 2025, Bold Women will investigate the visionary work of women as well as several gender non-conforming artists. It explores the ways that women have pushed the boundaries of art and spurred critical social and cultural change across generations and geographies. Within this broad purview, it emphasizes the important contributions of Black, Indigenous, and global artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, and artists of intersecting identity.

The exhibition is co-developed with a diverse group of advisors, including Lawrence-based textile artist and educator Marla A. Jackson; Kansas City community arts advocate Rose Bryant; Kimberli Gant, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum; and Toronto-based Anishinaabe-kwe Indigenous art curator and artist Wanda Nanibush.

Research and planning for the project are made possible by numerous grants, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, RC Kemper Jr. Charitable Trust and Foundation, Art Dealers Association of America Foundation, and the Every Page Foundation.

Selected images