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31 Women Artists Exhibition

January 3, 2020 - January 26, 2020

31 Women Artists
A Sedona Arts Center
Special Exhibition

January 3 – 26, 2020


  • January 3, 2020, 5-8pm – Opening Reception (Sedona First Friday)
  • January 17, 2020, 4-6pm – Talk with Art Historian and Collector Mark Rownd
  • January 18,, 2020, 1-5pm – Women’s March & Rally – Sedona Arts Center Campus
  • January 23, 2020, 4-6pm – Curator’s Talk, 30+1: Dorothea Tanning, Sedona and Contemporary Art with Dr. Catriona McAra, University Curator at Leeds Arts University

Surrealism was the prevailing modern art movement in 1943 when Peggy Guggenheim launched a special exhibition entitled Exhibition by 31 Women at her “Art of This Century” gallery in NYC. Our exhibition will include various works by six of the women artists who were featured in the original NYC exhibition from the collection of local art historian Mark Rownd.  We will be exhibiting works by Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, Hedda Sterne, Sonja Sekula, and Hazel Guggenheim.

Over 220 women artists applied for the exhibition from 38 states and 8 countries representing work that has in some way been influenced by the surrealist movement. The scope of the exhibition is very diverse. Surrealist influence appears in abstract expressionism, process art, conceptual art, and various forms of magical realism and visionary art as well as collage, sculpture, assemblage, and painting that relies on evocative juxtaposition of various imagery. Because of its relationship to the unconscious and the mythic, surrealism has often been associated with a spiritual quest, situating art as a healer of the rift between nature and human reality through its unique creativity.

Women are the unsung heroes of contemporary art, creating artworks and actively participating in all aspects of modern art from early on. This exhibition, timed to overlap with the Sedona Women’s March and Rally in January of 2020 is themed on the empowerment of Women and the diverse heritage of Surrealism.

Prizes – The exhibition was juried and prizes awarded by Dr. Catriona McAra, University Curator at Leeds Arts University. She was awarded her doctorate in History of Art at the University of Glasgow and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh.

1st Place: Jill Eberle $2000.00

2nd Place: Kelsey Ashe $1000.00

3rd Place: Rose Moon $500.00

Additional artists juried into the exhibition are listed below.

Angelique Benicio

Frederica Hall

Kim L. Pace

Sonia Moran

Elizabeth Cheche

Moira Geoffrion

Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb

Rachel Tucker

Angela Casagrande

Emily Tironi

Rhonda Urdang

Paula Goodbar

Amy Ernst

Janiece Fazio

Anita Elias

Heather Burton

Kristen Eisenbraun

Marisa Andropolis

Andrea Abonyi

Amelia Borja

Marisa S White

Wendy McMurdo

Catalog: A catalog of the exhibition with one image and artist’s statement from each artist juried into the exhibition is available.

To purchase a copy of our exhibition book, click here.

31 Women Artists



January 3, 2020
January 26, 2020
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