Grow a Pair! Ovaries, Art, and a History of Creative Expression

Opening Reception

Friday May 1, 2015 7pm – 11pm

Exhibit Open

May 1, 2015 – May 10, 2015

Grow a Pair! Ovaries, Art, and a History of Creative Expression, the first public art show of its kind, will feature female artists affiliated with the University of San Francisco. Regardless of age, status, and degree, this show exhibits works by students, staff and alumni, and spans a variety of mediums, including paintings, photography, mixed media, film, and poetry.

Grow a Pair! serves as an expression of gratitude to female artists – noticed and unnoticed – that have created for centuries, as well as a reminder of the continuous imbalance in the documentation and promotion of female artists in the arts industry today. Across the nation, many art galleries continue to spotlight female artists in less than 30% of their solo exhibitions, despite the fact that female artists now make up a majority of graduating students from art programs. The majority of art history books that are used for educational purposes feature few, if any, female artists. From the books to the galleries, online and on the streets, this exhibition brings together a range of creative expressions in the flourishing city that the University of San Francisco calls home.

As artists, staff, and alumni of USF, guest co-curators Sarah Hobin and Andie Vallee share several layers of connection to the creation of the show. “We felt it was important to portray a unified voice in this exhibition,” says Hobin. “Using the University as a platform to bring these artists together, we believe it is imperative to have a more inclusive art scene. Art history tends to show only a small portion of what is really being created, and by whom.” Vallee adds that women “have a unique commentary to make on our society, and it’s important to give them the opportunity to be heard. We wanted to create this opportunity for an underrepresented group of people to have a voice and express their perspectives.”

About the University of San Francisco

Founded in 1855, the University of San Francisco has a long history of education and social justice in the Bay Area.  Now, with a student body of over 10,000 students, the university offers a variety of degrees, including Architecture and Community Design, Art History/Art Management, Design, Fine Arts, Advertising, Media Studies, Performing Arts, Writing, and Museum Studies.

Grow a Pair! is sponsored in-part by USF’s President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW).

Exhibiting Artists:

Erika Myszynski

Ari Takata-Vasquez

Liz Iversen

Jasmine Conrad

Sofia Gonzalez

Andie Vallee

Taylor Smalls

Jessica “Verse” Gabrielle

Virginia Barrett

Jennifer Kang

Astrea Somarriba