Arts and Culture

"Towing the Line?" panel at RedLine Gallery will focus on gender, art and feminism tonight

Tonight RedLine Gallery and the Art Students League of Denver will present "Towing the Line?," a panel discussion highlighting prominent women in the arts as part of RedLine's year-long series titled "She Crossed the Line." The panelists will discuss their own experiences in the world of art and business, and how they chose whether to either align or separate themselves from inherently female-identified groups and movements.

See also: The Transit of Venus chronicles four decades of Front Range Women in the Visual Arts

"What we're going to be talking about stems from the feminist movement from the 1970s, where there were conversations about gender discrimination and equal representation in the art world -- museums, galleries and art schools -- and how that conversation was happening in tandem with discussions about women's roles in general," says Rachel Bayse, executive director of the Art Students League of Denver.

Bayse curated the panel, which features Margaretta Gilboy and Sally Elliot, both founding members of the Front Range Women in the Visual Arts, the group highlighted in The Transit of Venus retrospective currently showing at RedLine. The two artists are also Art Students League faculty members, and will be joined by Jane Jones, another teacher at the League, as well as RedLine resident artist Laura Shill and Maruca Salazar, executive director of Museo de las Americas. Rounding out the panel will be Kristen Kimmell, chief of staff of RBC Wealth Management.

"We wanted to bring in someone who wasn't necessarily from the art world to share her experience in a prominent business setting, which is why Kristen has kindly agreed to be on the panel," says Bayse. "These are all women who have been successful in their careers, both in the arts and in business, and the focus of the discussion will be about paths they've taken to reach their success and how they have fought and embraced being classified as women in their fields."

Tonight's conversation will address many aspects of their experiences, woven through a discussion of the feminist movements beginning in the 1970s and running through today, with input from the multi-generation panel of voices.

"We have women of different ages on this panel because we really want to try the capture the experiences of women today," says Bayse. "Which is even why we named it 'Towing the Line?' with a question mark -- how far have we gone? Have we gone far enough? Are women today still facing the same prejudices? Are they facing different prejudices? How do they think about them? Are they as engaged in the discussion and is it the same discussion, or has the discussion evolved in some way that makes it less important or more important? Where are we today versus where we were when the discussion started?"

"Towing the Line?" starts at 6 p.m. tonight at RedLine Gallery. Tickets are $5 to $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information on both the panel and "She Crossed the Line," visit RedLine's website.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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