Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Fort Wayne, IN



Lasting Impressions: American Women Artists from the Sellars Collection

November 20, 1999 - February 20, 2000


On exhibition for the first time in the state of Indiana, Lasting Impressions celebrates the achievements of over 60 women artists active primarily during the years of 1850 - 1930. This represents a mere sampling of a private art collection in excess of 400 paintings, drawings, and sculptures by over 250 women artists. Louise and Alan Sellars envisioned collecting a body of works by women who received little recognition. Names of many women in this exhibition may be unfamiliar, and yet, these women were pioneers. They exhibited alongside their male counterparts, received accolades and awards, and secured for the women who followed them equal access to instruction and admission to the premier art academies. Nineteenth-century women artists, including those in this exhibition, faced many challenges. Social expectations, limited professional opportunities, and sexual discrimination in both instruction and exhibiting works hindered the advancement of many of these brilliant women. (left: Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971), The Ranch, 1925, oil on panel, 9 x 11 1/2 inches, The Sellars Collection; right: Anna Elizabeth Klumpke (1856-1942), Little Lady Blanche, 1884, oil on canvas, 57 x 39 1/2 inches, The Sellars Collection)

Lasting Impressions reveals a variety of styles and subjects favored by women painters. The exhibition includes paintings that depict different parts of the country, still-lifes with flowers, portraits, and depictions of everyday life. Collectors Alan and Louise Sellars were perceptive when they chose to collect the work of these important painters, but possessed even more foresight when they decided to exhibit their collection widely, allowing these women artists to begin to have the exposure they were never granted in their lifetime. (left: Marion E. Crocker, n.d., Changing Times, watercolor, 10 x 16 1/4 inches, The Sellars Collection; right: Ellen Robbins (1828-1905), Nasturtiums, 1888, watercolor, 16 3/4 x 23 inches, The Sellars Collection)

Lasting Impressions is organized by Patricia Watkinson, Director and Sachi Yanari-Rirzo, Associate Curator of Collections of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Lasting Impressions is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Art League. Media sponsors for the exhibition are PBS-39 and WBNI 89.1 FM.


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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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