BEREA -- Declared the "Year of the Woman," 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the United States' 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women's constitutional right to vote.
The Kentucky Artisan Center is celebrating the important milestone with a "Women of Influence" exhibit which runs from Oct. 18 through Dec. 31.
This exhibit showcases works by sixteen Kentucky artists who have created new pieces that honor and are inspired by women of influence throughout history.
The exhibit at the Artisan Center joins many other efforts across the country to ensure the stories of the women who changed history are shared and celebrated.
The center has included biographies alongside the artwork which tell each woman's story and include statements from each artist.
Women represented in the exhibit hail from many countries and careers and from a timeline that spans from the 1600's to present day.
Numerous portraits feature women who have broken ground in their respective fields such as internationally known Jane Goodall, Malala Yousafzai, and Frieda Kahlo.
American female icons showcased include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maya Angelou, Pocahontas, Harriett Tubman, Gloria Steinem, Marilyn Monroe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Blackwell, Judith Resnik, Maya Lin, Susan B. Anthony, Llena Ros Lehtinen, Rachel Carson and Rosa Parks.
The earliest woman represented in the exhibit is the Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, who become the first woman artist member of the Florence Accademia di Arte in 1615.
The exhibit also includes several works that celebrate Kentucky women of influence, including Laura Clay, Mary Breckinridge, Cornelia Dozier Cooper, Phyllis George Brown, Mary Britton, Lucy Braun, and Attica Scott.
Three Kentucky women of influence from the Bowling Green, KY region, include works by artist Leslie Nichols who uses a manual typewriter to create portraits of Leyda Becker, Patti Minter, and Mary Virginia Cook Parish.
Participating artists include: Lisa Austin, Sylvia Brestel, Sandra Charles, and Joyce Garner of Louisville; Mave Brittain, Kenzie Dickens and Elizabeth Worley of Lexington; Kathy Conroy, Pleasureville; Eugene King, Stanton; Kim Kobersmith and Amy Lewis of Berea; Morgan McGill, Goshen; Leslie Nichols, Bowling Green; Peggy Sherry, Somerset; Sarah Cobb Spradlin, Paris, and David Waltz, Columbia.
The Center features works by more than 850 artisans from over 100 counties across and is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77.
All guests will be required to follow current public health guidelines including face covering and social distancing requirements.