DIGS — Sexism in the Arts



Opening Reception: May 6th, 2017 — 6pm to 8:30pm

Exhibition: May 6th through June 2nd, 2017
Viewing hours Wednesdays and Thursdays 4pm to 8pm
Fridays and Saturdays 4pm to 6pm
Also by appointment – contact info@artistsimageresource.org


AIR: Artists Image Resource

518 Foreland Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

412- 321-8664


FREE and open to the public.

about the exhibition

Curated by:  Carolyn Pierotti 

Featuring artists:  Christiane D., Sam Thorp, Marlene Boas, Julie Mallis, Dawn Pogany, Staycee Pearl, Danielle Robinson, Jenn Wertz, Ivette Spradlin, Lenore Thomas, Oreen Cohen, Carolyn Pierotti, and Sarika Goulatia

“DIGS – Sexism in the Arts” came to be because of misogynist behavior, fear, and an overwhelming feeling of isolation.  What are “digs”… comments that we, as women receive daily, making us question our ability, skill set and overall value.   Historically women haven’t been seen, or heard.  When reading art history, women are systematically plucked out of the books, we are viewed as objects in paintings, our work is compared to our male counterparts, and there is a lack of wall space for us in the halls of museums and gallery spaces.  Linda Nochlin posed the question “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” 

Discrimination of sex is only one facet of the bigger problem that plagues our gender.  Bring into account color, age, and religion and you will surely never receive an exhibit or possibly employment.  It is interesting that those who disagree most about this fact are white male.  There is this disconnect, white males feel that everything is moving forward and progressing, yet discrimination and sexual harassment is still an issue in the workplace and in the arts.  This is issue is not limited to men, but women who also tear down other women.  Perpetuated by political environment, sending messages to boys and young men that it’s acceptable.  Also perpetuated by the media, telling girls and young women how they should act and appear.  13 women in different stages of their career, have been asked to create a piece of artwork based on sexism and how it intersects with age and/or race. 

Each woman in this exhibit has shared a personal story and/or observation about what sexism is and how it intersects with all of these factors for them.

A limited edition catalogue will be available during the run of this exhibition, featuring the artist’s work, their statements and unique observations on the subject. 

Also, being introduced during this exhibition will be a “Virtual Docent”. Virtual Docent is an immersive 360° interactive virtual art gallery experience that works in tandem with brick-and-mortar gallery exhibitions, and can also be utilized solely as a stand-alone virtual gallery presentation. The virtual gallery interface allows viewers to explore an entire gallery and its contents 24 hours a day, every day of the year, all from the Web. This added addition is being brought to the exhibition and Artists Image Resource by Andy Johanson http://andyjohanson.com/

Sponsors and funding for this exhibition was provided by The Anti-Aging and Longevity Center of Pittsburgh, Porter Loves Creative, Dr. Patricia Sheahan, Biddle’s Express, Purple Room Fine Art, Boxheart Gallery, Kelly Elaine Inc. – A Curly Hair Salon & Such, Trellis Legal, Shelly Pagac and Anastasia Davis


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