With the support of a 2020 Art Meets Activism grant from the Kentucky Foundation For Women, Gabriella Boros’ FEMMEnomenal Bluegrass Botanicals can be seen not only around the Lake Nevin Loop at Bernheim, but also through a traveling companion exhibition installed at various locations throughout the state in 2021. Bernheim is committed to creating access and opportunities to experience art in nature within and beyond our forest borders. We wanted to share the results of this powerful body of work with the region in the hopes of inspiring deep connections with nature while educating the viewer on extraordinary women who have shaped Kentucky’s history.
This exhibition’s traveling component will enable Bernheim to extend its reach and mission throughout Kentucky while providing new and shared experiences of art in nature to those in our surrounding community and beyond our borders. The first stop on the exhibition tour can be seen in the windows of the Harmony Complex Building at 425 W Muhammad Ali Boulevard in downtown Louisville. This location has great historical significance because it housed The Louisville Business Women’s Club from 1899 to 1911 and was founded at a time when women started entering the workplace, moving from rural areas to cities to find work and support themselves. The organization addressed the needs of independent working women. It was a place where they could learn marketable skills, socialize with their peers and expand their worldview while giving back to the community. See the exhibition at the Harmony Complex Building through the end of July 2021. We hope to install the traveling component in two other locations during the year, so stay tuned to Bernheim’s social media and bernheim.org to learn where the exhibition will travel next.