Elkhart County Museum debuts virtual exhibit to recognize women artists

The Auction Sale painted by Emma Schrock

Photo courtesy: Elkhart County Historical Museum

Self Portrait painted by Harriet Monteith

Photo courtesy: Elkhart County Historical Museum

BRISTOL, Ind. – The Elkhart County Historical Museum is currently exhibiting through April “#5WomenArtists of Elkhart County,” following the global initiative to recognize female artists and highlight them at the local level.

Using the hashtag #5WomenArtists, the campaign asserts the fact that women have not been treated equally in the art world, as well as remaining drastically underrepresented and undervalued in museums, galleries, and auction houses.

“It was exciting to see how many women artists were represented in our collection here at the Elkhart County Historical Museum,” stated Michelle Nash, the museum’s Curator of Collections. “Especially because art is only a very small part of our collecting focus.”

The research of the pieces and women who made them has been a rewarding group effort, stated Nash, who let IUSB student, Chloe Madison take it as part of her course work.

“She did a phenomenal job diving into the stories of each artist and bringing them to life. I can’t wait for our community to see it,” added Nash.

From famed Amish painter Emma Schrock and Elkhart native Harriet E. Monteith, the goal is to celebrate their artistry and shine a light on their work in a world where female artists remain underrepresented.

By the end of touring this exhibit, viewers will be asked to name five women artists and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #5WomenArtists.

You can now view the exhibit through April here.

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