Confronting Greatness (Spring 2021)

Desire, Conflict & Exchange: Art of 19th Century East Asia and the West. Jan 28-June 13, 2020

About the Exhibition

“Confronting Greatness” celebrates the 50th anniversary of Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking 1971 essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”. The article investigates and strives to dismantle the institutional obstacles faced by women that have prevented their being seen as “great” in the same sense as their male counterparts. This essay will be featured prominently within the exhibition. 

The exhibition was co-curated by the Miami University Art and Architecture History Capstone class under the direction of Annie Dell’Aria, Ph.D., Art History, during the Fall 2020 semester. Featured in the exhibition are works by renowned women artists including Kara Walker, Carolee Schneemann, Cindy Sherman, Audrey Flack, Miriam Schapiro, Louise Nevelson and Elizabeth Catlett. All of the featured artists are self-identifying women.

Professor Dell’Aria, the Capstone’s advisor,  expects that the exhibition “starts conversations, shakes things up, and foregrounds the diverse methods of women artists. By calling attention to this all-women roster, it will hopefully both prompt viewers to question how we do or do not consider gender when looking at art and impart expectations of inclusion and a diversity of voices.”

The majority of the artworks are in the MUAM collection, with the exception of pieces graciously loaned from the personal collection of Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell.

FREE & OPEN TO ALL with advanced reservation
Monday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM


Erin Adelman | Casey Bergman | Ben Calderon | Halle Campbell | Jillian Cofskey | Morgan Eakin | Nina Grotto | Claire Haitsch | Sydney Herrick | Jane Keady | Ben Krautheim  Ashlyn Lazor | Alex Morse | Carmen Perez | Jess Phillips | Syd Rivera | John Rozelle | Sammy Sleeth | Aspen Stein | Aubrey Woodard

Dr. Annie Dell’Aria, Professor 

Related Programming [ALL VIA ZOOM]


What is a feminist picture?

Carmen Winant, Associate Professor, Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art, The Ohio State University

WED, FEB 10, 6-7 PM [Virtual]

Revisiting several projects across the last few years, Winant will prompt: what makes an artwork feminist? 


Gallery Talk with Capstone Students 

WED, MAR 10, 6 PM [Virtual]

Join this virtual gallery tour with Art & Architecture Capstone students (ART 498), as they share their curatorial experiences and research related to works on display in this exhibition.


Women Navigating in the Art World

A Panel Discussion 

THU, MAR 18, 6 PM [Virtual]

Artists Joomi Chung and Tracy Featherstone join collector and activist Sara Vance Waddell to discuss women in the professional art world and art market. Dr. Annie Dell’Aria, Art History, Miami University, will moderate the panel discussion. Co-sponsored with the Contemporary Art Forum.


Shifting the Frame: A Screening of Moving Images by Women 

WED, APR 7, 6 PM [Virtual]

Annie Dell’Aria, Assistant Professor, Art History, will curate a screening of short works of experimental film and video art by women artists in conjunction with the exhibition.


All Programs are FREE & VIA ZOOM.