Art is Her Exhibition Series

Since 2020, the Trout Museum of Art’s Atrium gallery has been dedicated to a year-round Art is Her initiative. The Art is Her exhibition series celebrates female identifying artists and champions their goal of achieving museum presence equal to men. Women have long seen inequality in the art world, and today remain dramatically underrepresented and undervalued in museums, galleries, and auction houses. Let’s change the stats!

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Current Art is Her Featured Artist


Callie Kiesow received her AAS degree from the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley in Menasha, WI and a B.A. from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She is now an artist living and working in Milwaukee, WI, and an artist in residence at Var Gallery. She works primarily with charcoal and plaster and focuses on the human form.

Artist Statement:
My work contains unrecognizable figures that exist in dreamlike environments that are removed from reality. The figures are draped in bed sheets and are always caught mid-action in order to reflect specific psychological and physiological states. Figures depicted without a recognizable identity force the viewer to engage emotionally and suddenly become a part of the narrative. The work presents a duality of playfulness and tension within spaces that we generally see as confined, intimate, and familiar.

2022 Artists
2023 Art is Her Artists
Jan 2 - Feb 26
Claire Erickson
Feb 27 - Apr 30
Ariana Vaeth
May 1 - Jul 2
Callie Kiesow
Sept 4 - Oct 29
Gao Kia Moua
July 3 - Sept 3
Marcia G. Thompson
Oct 30 - Dec 31
Jamie Jacobson
2022 Artists
2022 Art is Her Artists
Jan 1 - Feb 28
Mar 1 - Apr 30
Lora Vahlsing
MAY 1 - JUN 30
Xizhou Xie
JUL 1 - AUG 31
Shiloah Coley
SEPT 1 - OCT 31
Lisa Wicka
NOV 1 - DEC 31
Elizabeth Kazda
2021 Artists
2021 Art is Her Artists
Appleton, wi
Abby Gammons
Appleton, wi
Nikki Johnson
milwaukee, wi
Phoenix Brown
Milwaukee, wi
Maria Alfaro
Hmong Story Cloths
2020 Artists
2020 Art is Her Artists
Amy Carani
appleton, WI
Willow Bayer
madison, WI
fond du lac, WI
Mel Kolstad
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Stats to think about:

  • Nearly half (45.8%) of visual artists in the United States are women; on average, they earn 74¢ for every dollar made by male artists. —National Endowment for the Arts 2019
  • A data survey of permanent collections by the 18 most prominent art museums in the U.S. found that out of over 10,000 artists represented, 87% are male and 85% are white. —Public Library of Science 2019
  • In a study of 820,000 exhibitions across the public and commercial sectors in 2018, only one third were by women artists. —The Art Newspaper 2019
  • Only 13.7% of living artists represented by galleries in Europe and North America are women. —artnet News