Customs House Museum & Cultural Center hosts ‘Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women Artists’

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Continuing their celebration of women in the arts, the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is hosting the exhibition Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women Artists.

This juried exhibition features 124 paintings and sculptures by members of American Women Artists (AWA).

AWA has worked to increase the number of professional opportunities for women in the visual fine arts.

AWA is a non-profit organization made up of women artists, patrons and gallerists across the United States and Canada.

Since their inaugural exhibition in 1990, AWA has worked to increase the number of professional opportunities for women in the visual fine arts through museum exhibitions, symposia, workshops, international exhibitions and competitions with jury in the main galleries of the country.

“The wonderful thing about an exhibit like this is the diversity of themes and media offered to a wide audience,” said Terri Jordan, curator of exhibits. “While each piece in the exhibition represents the highest quality of workmanship, the artists’ perspectives and styles allow each guest to find something they love. I am thrilled to be able to share the talents of so many talented artists with our community.

Breaking Through will be on display until May 29.

The exhibition is on display in the Museum’s Kimbrough and Jostens Galleries and features over 100 figurative and abstract works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures selected from submissions by AWA members. A team of six jurors presented more than 20 prizes to select works of art in various categories, including a grand prize of $10,000.

This honor was given to the oil on linen titled Woman with Turban by Master-Signature Member Ellen Buselli of New York.

Museum visitors can vote for their favorite piece in the exhibit, and the winner of the audience award will have the opportunity to produce their own solo exhibit at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in 2024.

Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women Artists is on display at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center through May 29. Some works are available for sale.

James C. Tibbs