Every so often the Fresno Art Museum likes to look back at some of their great exhibitions.
Do you remember the Council of 100’s “Distinguished Woman Artist for 2016” exhibition titled “Hung Liu: Scales of History?”
For over 30 years, the Fresno Art Museum’s Council of 100 has remained a unique organization devoted to recognizing outstanding women in the arts. Working in collaboration with the Museum, the Council of 100 has garnered national recognition for honoring contemporary women artists through its annual Distinguished Woman Artist Award.
Hung Liu’s exhibition displayed paintings from different stages of her career. While attending Beijing Teacher’s College from 1972 to 1975, Hung Liu would slip away from campus almost daily while hiding a small paint box and brushes beneath her coat and walk throughout the local countryside seeking scenes of everyday Chinese life to paint on tiny canvases. These canvases were called her Secret Freedom paintings and were shown against the larger scale paintings in the exhibition that she created since immigrating to America. The juxtaposition of these paintings connected very different times and societies.
For more information about the history of FAM’s Council of 100 and the women artists it has honored, click here.
Photo credit: Randy Vaughn-Dotta
The Fresno Art Museum will continue to introduce additional images from current and past exhibitions and their permanent collection in their newsletters over the coming weeks.