The Monterey Museum of Art will celebrate the Year of the Woman 2018, with a full schedule of exhibitions, lectures, pop-up dinners, tours, workshops, and fundraisers, all with a focus on notable women artists of California and the Central Coast.

The Museum hopes to answer the question, “Why is the very idea of artistic greatness rarely extended to women?” with a series of exhibitions showing groundbreaking work of California women artists spanning 100 years plus of style, medium and perspective.

From E. Charlton Fortune, a bold and free-spirited early 20th century impressionist, to Kim Campbell, an abstract expressionist, women artists exhibited this year are not only “as good as the men,” some of them have blazed new trails where no man has gone before.

“We have some amazing work by women,” said Stuart Chase, the Museum’s Executive Director, “but their work only makes up about 20 percent of our entire collection. By recognizing the work and wisdom of women artists past and present, we hope to help articulate an inclusive vision for the future.”

As part of the Year of the Woman, exhibitions slated to open this year include:

  • Beth Van Hoesen, Entry Gallery, March 15 – April 3
  • Photography by Women, Outcalt Gallery, March 15 – May 27
  • Joan Savo, Coburn Gallery, March 15– April 29
  • 2018 Weston Scholarship, Coburn Gallery, May 10 –July 8
  • E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit, Work and Outcalt Galleries, May 24 –Aug. 27
  • Our Ocean’s Edge, photography by Jasmine Swope, Outcalt Gallery, June 14 – Sept. 10
  • The New Domestic (part 1), Coburn and Entry Galleries, July 20– October 28
  • Salon Jane, Outcalt Gallery, September 20–November 26
  • The New Domestic (part 2), Work Gallery, September 13– October 28
  • Miniatures, Work Gallery, November 15– December 16
  • Alyssa Endo, November 15– January 2019
  • Edna Bullock, Outcalt Gallery, December 20 – February 2019

Artists highlighted throughout the year reads like a “Who’s Who” of renowned women artists including Tracey Adams, Mabel Alvarez, Ruth Bernhard, Amy Ellingson, Emilia Newell and many more! 

The Museum’s 2018 calendar also includes the Spring Gala on April 28, Free Family Fun Days in February, June, August, October, and December, along with the Museum’s 25th Annual Miniatures exhibition November through December. The MMA’s “Brews for a Cause” fundraiser takes place in November, with “Christmas in the Adobes” following in December.

The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) was established in 1959 to uphold the artistic legacy of the region by collecting, preserving, and presenting the art of California and the Central Coast. The only nationally accredited museum between San Jose and Santa Barbara, the MMA’s goal is to expand a passion for the region’s visual arts — past, present, and future. Exhibitions and programs are designed to demonstrate California’s vibrant, diverse spirit, and to inspire, engage, and connect art and community.

For more information on the Year of the Woman, go to montereyart.org.