Martin Museum of Art Will Host “Women in Art and Academia” Exhibit

May 1, 2014
Melissa Miller paintingPainting by Melissa Miller, featured speaker for the "Women in Art & Academia" exhibit. Photo courtesy of Kristen Bennett.

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WACO, Texas (May 1, 2014) – Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art will open its new exhibition, “Women in Art and Academia,” Sunday, May 4. The free exhibit will feature various works of art from 13 female artists and academics through July 13 in Gallery II of the museum.

Artist Melissa Miller, associate professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, will present a gallery talk on at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 5.

Karin Gilliam, director of the Martin Museum of Art, said Miller is “a widely recognized artist and has done exceptional work in her career.”

The exhibition coincides with the statewide meeting of the Washington D.C.-based National Museum of Women in the Arts.

“When we were figuring out the upcoming exhibitions, we figured that we should do something that features women artists,” Gilliam said. “It was a natural procession of the discussion to include our own female artists from the department of art that are very strong artists in their own right.”

The exhibition will feature five female Baylor art professors: Leah Force, Virginia Green, Susan Mullally, H. Jennings Sheffield and Mary Ruth Smith, Ph.D. Featured artists from other Texas universities are a result of recommendations from Baylor professors.

“An exhibition like this shows the strength of these women as independent artists, as well as their recognition as professors in institutions of higher learning,” Gilliam said.

The Martin Museum of Art is located inside the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building, 60 Baylor Ave.

For more information on the exhibition, contact the Martin Museum of Art at (254) 710-6390.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805.


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


The museum’s mission is one of education and service by bringing outstanding art exhibitions, speakers and guest artists to Baylor University and Central Texas. The museum serves as a valuable teaching tool for students and faculty. Exhibitions complement the courses of art history and studio art taught within Baylor’s department of art. The permanent consists of approximately 1,300 objects representing a variety of art that has been donated to or purchased by Baylor. The collection contains art by such well-known artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Kathe Kollwitz, Francisco de Goya, and Edouard-Leon Cortes. Included in the collection are approximately 300 paintings by famous watercolor artists, among them George Post, Phil Dike, Edgar Whitney and John Marin.

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