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Customs House Museum & Cultural Center hosts ‘Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women

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CLARKSVILLE, TN — Continuing their celebration of women in the arts, the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is hosting the exhibit Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women Artists.

This juried show includes 124 paintings and sculptures by members of American Women Artists (AWA).

AWA has worked to increase the number of professional opportunities for women in the visual fine arts.

AWA is a nonprofit membership organization made up of women artists, patrons and gallery owners throughout the United States and Canada.

Since their inaugural exhibition in 1990, AWA has worked to increase the number of professional opportunities for women in the visual fine arts through museum shows, symposiums, workshops, international exhibitions and juried competitions in leading galleries around the country.

“The wonderful thing about an exhibition like this is the diversity in theme and media offered to a large audience,” said Terri Jordan, Curator of Exhibits. “While every piece in the show represents the highest quality of work, the viewpoints and styles of the artists allow every guest to find something they love. I am thrilled to be able to share the talents of so many gifted artists with our community.”

Breaking Through will be on display through May 29.

The exhibit is on view in the Museum’s Kimbrough and Jostens Galleries and features over 100 representational and abstract works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures selected from AWA’s member submissions. A team of six jurors presented over 20 awards to select artworks in a variety of categories, including a $10,000 grand prize.

This honor was awarded to the oil on linen piece titled Woman with Turban by Master-Signature Member Ellen Buselli from New York.

Museum visitors can cast a vote for their favorite piece in the show, and the winner of the People’s Choice Award will have the opportunity to produce their own solo exhibit at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in 2024.

Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women Artists is on display at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center now through May 29. Select works are available for sale.

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