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A tribute to Enid Yandell – Opening Reception

Please join us for a reception celebrating the exhibition Interwoven: A Tribute to Enid Yandell, the dedication of a new Hometown Heroes Banner honoring Yandell, and an augmented reality experience of the artist’s colossal sculpture Pallas Athena. We will enjoy a reception and light refreshments at 4pm, with remarks at 4:30.

About Interwoven: A Tribute to Enid Yandell

In 2019-20, cultural and civic organizations throughout Louisville will be honoring the contributions of female artists to the community through participation in Enid Yandell: A Life of Art and Activism, a series of exhibitions and programs celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enid Yandell, the first female sculptor from Kentucky to achieve international success and one of the first women inducted into the National Sculpture Society.

In 1998, ten artists based in Louisville founded ENID: Generations of Women Sculptors, a collective of female sculptors named for Enid Yandell, with the goal to encourage, educate, and mentor women artists, students, and each other. Recognizing Enid Yandell’s artistic achievements and her legacy of social activism, Interwoven highlights works by ENID member artists Leticia Bajuyo, Linda Erzinger, Valerie Sullivan Fuchs, Bette Levy, and Joyce Ogden that reflect or respond to social issues through material and visual creativity. Leticia Bajuyo and Bette Levy address the tension between idealized domesticity and the realities of contemporary life. Bajuyo explores the relationship between consumption, desire, and nature, creating photographic and mixed media works that examine the dangers of environmental exploitation for human comfort, while Levy’s combinations of crocheted doilies with rusted tools analyze the social structures of labor, the impact of traditional gender roles, and evolving modes of production. Linda Erzinger, Valerie Sullivan Fuchs, and Joyce Ogden explore our connection to and impact on the Earth through practices that incorporate collection, experimentation, and documentation—processes akin to the scientific method. The role of specific geographies on the perception of both self and surroundings is critical to the works of Valerie Sullivan Fuchs and Joyce Ogden, artists who utilize nature as both subject and medium. Rather than culling nature for materials, Linda Erzinger mines the world of mass consumerism, sorting and repurposing materials destined for landfills in a self-described anthropological practice. These artists continue the legacy of Enid Yandell and acknowledge the role of art in challenging convention and affecting social change.

About Enid Yandell: A Life of Art & Activism

October 2019 marks the 150th birthday of Louisville-born and nationally-renowned sculptor Enid Yandell (1869-1934). In honor of this significant occasion, the cultural cornerstones of Louisville, including: 21c Museum Hotel, The Filson Historical Society, Speed Art Museum, Louisville Free Public Library, Bellarmine University, The Frazier History Museum, and many more invite you to celebrate her life of art and activism at special exhibitions and programming throughout the year. For a full list of events and programing for Enid Yandell: A Life of Art and Activism click here.

ENID: Generations of Women Sculptors Member Artists 

Leticia Bajuyo, Gayle Cerlan, Caren Cunningham, Jeanne Dueber, Linda Erzinger, Ewing Fahey, Sarah Frederick, Valerie Sullivan Fuchs, Mary Dennis Kannapell, Paula Keppie, Frances Kratzok, Bette Levy, Shawn Marshall, Suzanne Mitchell, Joyce Ogden, Jacque Parsley, Emily Schuhmann, Gloria Wachtel, Melinda Walters, Mary Yates. Learn more at https://enidlouisville.org/

Image: Bette Levy (American), Scythe, 2012. Vintage scythe, synthetic cord, crocheted doily, paverpol. Courtesy of the Artist and PYRO Gallery. Photography by Geoff Carr.