Male artists still dominate the art world. The Women’s Vignette Art Fair in Dallas challenges that

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As one of the largest exhibitions of women artists in all of Texas, this year’s fair marks the first return since the start of the pandemic.

Dallas-based artist Vicki Meek, a judge at the fair, said the exhibit is important because women are one of the largest groups of art school graduates, but they are not represented proportionally in museums and curated art spaces.

“So these types of programs should be obsolete, but they’re not because of that statistic,” Meek said. “So I’m always looking for opportunities to encourage women who make art.”

Meek said she handpicked works from more than 170 candidates to capture a wide range of media and current issues, from immigration to body image.

“Either they were doing something that I always say as an artist that I would like to steal from them or they were doing something that I felt was a commentary that needed to be amplified and shown here in Dallas,” he said.

A work of art on birch bark.

Houston-based artist Ann Johnson’s self-portrait on birch bark explores the anti-black stereotype of the “mom,” which is a caricature of African-American women who work for white families and care for their children.

One of the artists whose work will be featured at the fair is Ann Johnson, an experimental printmaker from the Houston area. Her two self-portraits, which are printed on birch bark, will be displayed at the fair as part of her “See Me” series. The pieces explore the anti-Black mommy stereotype“particularly women who have to take care of someone else’s family before they can take care of their own.

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“So the whole idea of ​​being seen and dealing with the negative stereotypes associated with Aunt Jemima and Mommy and big women, especially black women, so I’ve been dealing with that for the last few years,” she said. impact of not being seen as a whole person and dealing with assumptions and stereotypes.”

Johnson said she is grateful for the opportunity to display her art at the Vignette Fair, which highlights the work of women artists from diverse backgrounds.

“They were here. This art world is a male-dominated art world,” she said. “To have such a strong presence in a major city, that’s saying something.”

Ultimately, he wants viewers to do what he tells his students at Prairie View A&M University: look at the art, not look at it.

“Have conversations with the artists that are there. You can see it a certain way, but his intent may have been something different.”

The Vignette Art Fair will be open to the public on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 from 11 am to 5 pm in the Freeway Hall inside the Dallas Market Hall.

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