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MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES CITY HALL GALLERY EXHIBITS IN RECOGNITION OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES CITY HALL GALLERY EXHIBITS IN RECOGNITION OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, announced several exhibits featuring female artists are on display in the City Hall galleries in honor of Women’s History Month.

“In honor of Women’s History Month, we are proud to shine a spotlight on the women who over the course of history have made significant contributions to the City’s arts sector,” said Mayor Walsh. “I encourage everyone to come take a look at the diverse collection of artwork featured this month in the City Hall galleries to get a glimpse of the remarkable work that local artists produce in the City of Boston everyday.”

The fifth floor Mayor’s Gallery features the work of the late textile artist Theresa-India Young, and celebrates her life as a teacher, artist, and ethnic weaving activist. In 2013, a scholarship was established at Mass. College of Art and Design in her name to ensure the longevity of this cultural art form.

The Scollay Square Gallery on the third floor of Boston City Hall houses the "March Four Women” exhibit, which features the work of four female members of the Boston Printmakers Association: Clara Lieu, Emily Lombardo, Carolyn Muskat, and Debra Olin. March Four Women showcases four different techniques of printmaking including large-scale woodcuts, multi-color lithographs, etchings and monotypes. Each of the artists uses the strategies of printmaking in her own unique way to address universal human concerns.

Photo of March Four Women Exhibit in Scollay Square Gallery at City Hall.

Clyde Ann Nelson’s “African American Heritage Stop” is showcased in the fifth floor Mayor’s Display Case and the eighth floor hallway of Boston City Hall. Nelson, who started her collection of African-American artifacts, posters, and photographs more than 50 years ago, has been sharing her love of African-American history with many local communities for several years, including Mattapan.

Photo of Clyde Ann Nelson’s African American Heritage Stop exhibit at City Hall.

Judy's Creations Boston is a quilt exhibit featuring the work of Judy Kilgore, a member of the Proper Bostonian Quilters Guild. Taught to sew as a child by her mother and trained professionally as an artist and art teacher, Kilgore looks to nature as a source of inspiration for her art. This exhibit, which is located on the fifth floor balcony of City Hall and is visible from the third floor mezzanine, is a sampling of Kilgore’s Flora and Fauna Quilts.

“We are very excited to recognize the extraordinary work done by the women artists of Boston this month,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture. “From the iconic pieces of public artwork created by women, to the five female artists currently serving as the City of Boston’s artists-in-residence, there is an abundance of women that deserve to be celebrated for their prodigious contributions to the City’s cultural landscape.”

The exhibits will remain in the galleries until March 31, 2018, and the galleries are free and open to the public. For more information on the City Hall galleries, visit here.

About the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC)
The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture's mission is to support artists, the cultural sector, and to promote access to the arts for all. The office houses the Boston Cultural Council, the Boston Art Commission, and the Poet Laureate program. Responsibilities include implementing the City's cultural plan, Boston Creates; commissioning public art, managing the Boston Artist-in-Residence program; curating exhibitions in City Hall; and operating the historic Strand Theater in Dorchester. For more information go to: www.boston.gov/departments/arts-and-culture.

About the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement In June 2014, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh created the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement to prioritize advocating for equal opportunity for women and girls in the City of Boston. The Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement creates specific programming and opportunities that support three priority areas: economic equity, health and safety, and data and research. Some of the office's most recent work includes: research on paid parental leave and childcare affordability; a multi-pronged approach to closing the gender wage gap; reducing the demand for sex trafficking in the City of Boston; and creating specific programming for women entrepreneurs. Learn more on their website. 

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