June 15-September 8, 2018
Public Programs
Upcoming:  Artist talk with Margaret Bowland, Thursday, September 6th at 6pm
Past: Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ TALKS, August 4th, 7pm at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

Rachel Moore - Director and Curator, Helen Day Art Center
Diane Feissel- Artist, Co-founder of Women Painting Women, and Co-Curator
August Burns - Artist and Co-Curator
Gallery Guide


Helen Day Art Center is pleased to announce that “Nancy and Olivia,”
a numbered signed Alice Neel lithograph, will be raffled as part of our Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ exhibition.

Raffle tickets are just $50 each and will be available for purchase until 5:00pm, September 8th, 2018. The lithograph is valued at $3,000-$5,000. The winner will be announced the week of September 15th. 

The raffle is now closed. Thank you to all who participated!

Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \Noun; the process of claiming something back or of reasserting a right.


This exhibition features nationally acclaimed, contemporary figurative women artists painting women from their perspective and experience.

Helen Day Art Center is driven by an ambitious curatorial vision shaped by the pursuit of meaning in contemporary art. The Art Center pursues exhibitions that address relevant topics in daily life where the artists and artworks included add valuable perspectives to complex social, political, and cultural dialogues. Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \  is no exception: As background, in 2009, three artists decided to explore how women depicted women as subjects of their art, and whether it was different than that of the “male gaze” which regularly portrays women as passive objects of beauty to be observed and enjoyed. The project caught fire and has grown to include more than a dozen gallery and museum exhibitions, both in the US and abroad.

Inspired by this project, we are making a strong statement to reclaim and transform the way women are portrayed. Through the work in this exhibition, we will view women in their lives and environments as active participants. By choosing to portray women, painted by women, in the traditional form of realistic figurative painting in contemporary times, we are also bringing to attention the long history of figurative painting, in which inequality is pervasive. 

Women are the future and it’s past time for equality. Every step we make toward this goal is a step forward for humanity. We are creating an exciting, dynamic show that actively engages the viewer in broadening their view of women in art and in the world we all share.

Rachel Moore- Director and Curator, Helen Day Art Center
Diane Feissel- Artist, Co-founder of Women Painting Women, and Co-Curator
August Burns- Artist and Co-Curator

Participating Artists:

Erin Anderson
Colleen Barry
Margaret Bowland
Aleah Chapin
Candice Chovanec
Ellen Cooper
Jenny Dubnau
Kyrin Hobson
Nancy Hollinghurst
Hung Liu
Sylvia Maier
Dominique Medici
Alice Neel
Katie O'Hagan
Karen Offutt
Lee Price
Daryl Zang


Read what people are saying:

  • “…the curators are making a strong statement to claim artspace for women and reclaim the way women are portrayed, depicting women as active participants rather than as passive subjects.” —Vermont Art Guide
  • “The national conversation, sparked by the #MeToo movement, has the potential to change all segments of society, including the art world. “Reclamation /ˌrekləˈmāSH(ə)n/” promises to help move that conversation forward.” — Rutland Herald’s Central Vermont Arts Preview
  • “For reasons that are not always easily and precisely stated, at first glance and without knowing for sure, you’d guess that the artists were women, not men. The male gaze is gone.” — Susan B. Apel for “DailyUV”
  • “While the painterly skills on display in this exhibition cannot be ignored, it was the emotional intensity of the work that reached out and grabbed me..” — Cynthia Close for Vermont Woman


Public Programs:

  • Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ TALKS: August 4th, 7p.m.
    • This TEDx style event is in partnership with Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. These talks build upon the the national conversation sparked by the #MeToo movement. In the talks, speakers will explore their perspective on the topic of Women and Power including body positivity, media literacy, art history, and how gender bias impacts women's lives, with the art world as one arena. Speakers will be announced beginning in June 2018. 
  • Artist Talk with Margaret Bowland: September 6th, 6p.m.
  • Film Screenings in the West Gallery, Curated by Rachel Moore with partnering organizations
    • We are pleased to present film screenings that related thematically to the exhibition and are directed, edited by, and/or star women. These short and feature length films will be looping throughout the course of the exhibition an will change on a weekly basis. For more information and the current slate of films, click here.



Thank you to our partnering organizations and sponsors:

Jake and Donna Carpenter
"Girls Just Wanna Make Art"
Ginny & Hartley Neel
The James E. Robison Foundation

Heidi Kiesler
Alice & Lee Spencer

The Alchemist
Steven & Gail Blumsack
Dana Donaldson Interior Design

Cabot Creamery
The Stowehof

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