Women to Watch – Ohio

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Women to Watch – Ohio artists: Lauren Yeager, Christi Birchfield, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, Mimi Kato, and Eva Kwong


Initiated by the Ohio Advisory Group of NMWA in partnership with the Cleveland Institute of Art, Women to Watch – Ohio showcased five outstanding women artists in the Institute’s Reinberger Galleries, April 2 – May 2, 2015. The artists were selected by Reto Thuering and Rose Bouthillier, curators at the Cleveland Museum of Art and MOCA Cleveland. Bruce Checefsky, Director of CIA’s Reinberger Galleries, selected the works for Women to Watch – Ohio and curated the exhibition with the assistance of the OAG’s Women to Watch intern, Jen Rokoski, a graduate student in the Art History and Museum Studies program at Case Western Reserve University. All five artists showcased in Women to Watch – Ohio were nominees for Organic Matters – Women to Watch 2015, an international exhibition, that occurs as part of a recurring series at NMWA in Washington DC.


Women to Watch – Ohio enjoyed excellent visibility and extended its reach through a keynote speech by NMWA Director, Dr. Susan Sterling, on the occasion of the exhibition opening. Public programs included a panel discussion with all five artists on the role of gender in the arts. The event was moderated by Women to Watch intern, Jen Rokoski.


The following artists were featured in Women to Watch – Ohio.  
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Women to Watch Exhibition a Unique Collaboration – Ohio Advisory Group Founders Barbara Richter and Harriet Warm, NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling, and Reinberger Galleries’ Director Bruce Checefsky discuss the significance of the Women to Watch Ohio exhibition.

In 2015, the Ohio Advisory Group presented Women to Watch – Ohio in collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Art. The exhibition featured five accomplished Ohio women artists who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary art in ceramics, tapestry, painting and drawing, photography, installation, printmaking, and mixed media.

Women to Watch intern Jen Rokoski, Reinberger Galleries' Director Bruce Checefsky, and Assistant Director Nikki Woods

Women to Watch intern Jen Rokoski, Reinberger Galleries’ Director Bruce Checefsky, and Assistant Director Nikki Woods


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