In honor of women’s history month, the Reading Public Museum transformed its American Gallery to host paintings and sculptures created by women. The show titled, American Women Artists from the Collection is now on view through May 31, 2021.
The installation includes nearly thirty works spanning more than 150 years. Women artists have been an important part of the Museum’s history, with the earliest works by women entering the collection in 1913, the first year RPM added fine art to its natural history and cultural collections.
The exhibition features works by Sara Miriam Peale, Mary B. Leisz, Alice Kent Stoddard, Fern Coppedge, Mary Parker Kornhauser, Jane Peterson, Lillian B. Meeser, Ella Sophonisba Hergesheimer, Mary Hiester Reid, and Susan Kahn, among others. Paintings include still life, figural studies, portraits, landscapes, and seascapes. The installation also includes sculptures by Anna Hyatt Huntington, Malvina Hoffman, and Sonia Gordon-Brown.