A big THANK YOU everyone at Kimberly Clark for empowering the Art is Her exhibition series at the Trout Museum of Art!

Because of you, our atrium gallery has been dedicated to spotlighting female artists from Wisconsin with their own solo exhibitions since 2020. Thank you for your support!

Catch up on the women who displayed their work in 2021.

Maria Alfaro

Maria Alfaro is a Mexican-American printmaker, painter, and muralist. Born and raised in the small town of Acumbaro, Michoacan; she emigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2016. Here, she earned a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2020. After discovering woodblock relief printing, most of her work has been an exploration of her cultural and contemporary identity as well as tampering on subjects about diaspora. One of her main topics is understanding the broad term “home;’ as well as, coming to terms with one’s personal past.

Phoenix Brown

Phoenix Brown is a Cincinnati-native and multidisciplinary artist based in Milwaukee, WI. She holds a BFA in New Studio Practice from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a minor in Art History. With her influences of fashion, nature, and young adult fiction, multidisciplinary painting grants Brown the space to highlight dialogues around cultural bias, power structures, and inner thinking. She reclaims the picture plane with the assertive gaze and presence of feminine figures, bold lines, and disruptive, textured surfaces. Brown challenges the history of western painting by giving her images full control of the audience’s viewing psychology.

Hmong Story Clothes

Paj ntaub, or “flower cloth,” has been an integral part of Hmong culture for centuries. Women, who have been the primary producers and keepers of traditional Hmong needlework, typically incorporate symbols of marriage such as the double snail shell, and protective elements such as the rooster in their embroidery. Textiles bind the human world to an environment suffused with the spiritual. Pompoms sewed onto hats serve not only decorative purposes but also to disguise children as flowers to hide them from malevolent spirits. Tiny triangles appliquéd to fabrics symbolize fish scales that serve as a barrier to protect against evil.
Loaned from the Appleton Public Library.

Nikki Johnson

Nikki Johnson lives and works in Appleton, WI. She believes creating art is a cathartic experience. She paints what she feels or observes what she thinks others are feeling. Her use of culturally diverse imagery, geometric shapes, and bright bold colors helps her express herself in a way that is very different from everyday life. The best part of the process is hearing others share what they see in the imagery and what the finished pieces evoke in them. Painting brings about a unique connection with the viewer that she continues to carry with her throughout her life.

Abby Gammons

Abby Gammons is an emerging artist based in Little Chute, Wisconsin. She recently started working with fiber art by accident in 2016 while decorating her room. She found inspiration on Pinterest that spoke to her Scandinavian and Mid Century-modern style and it had a macramé weaving in it. Back then she didn’t know what it was or how to pronounce it but loved how it brought a soft and warm presence to the room. She experiences meditation through each movement while practicing 3-4 knots in a variation of patterns and textiles. Her style of work today is described as Modern Macramé with a nod to the 70s for its textured flair. Abby’s textile art has been featured in the Trout Museum of Art Made to Order exhibit in 2020, private residences, and in weddings around Wisconsin.

Kimberly-Clark was named a 2021 Top Company for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives for the fifth consecutive year.

We’re so grateful to host these exhibitions celebrating female artists together. Here are some statistics that motivate the Trout Museum of Art to profile female artists.

  • 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

We hope you’ll visit these upcoming Art is Her artists in 2022 at the Trout Museum of Art!