A giant charm bracelet made of fabric hangs from the wall. It includes a hot dog in a baguette, a crepe pan and a cross among other things. To the left is a wall that has questions such as “How can we better support women?” and “Who is a female role model to you, and why?” Colorful bits of paper that people have written their answers on surround the questions. To the right there are several rooms filled with paintings, photographs and other forms of art created purely by women.
This is “A Studio of Her Own,” one of the current exhibitions in the BYU Museum of Art that will be up until Sept. 12, 2020. It was created to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. According to the gallery’s curator, Janalee Emmer, the museum has never had a gallery quite like this one before.
“I wanted to get people interested and excited about these women artists who I think have made really wonderful and important contributions,” Emmer said.
She said one of the real showstoppers is an installation piece by Rebecca Campbell titled, “Two year supply: Clean.” The piece consists of several shelves stocked with Mason jars that are filled with different dilutions of Windex and moving images that are projected onto the jars. Emmer said Campbell created the piece to honor her mother, who would clean whenever she felt the need to re-center herself.