Carlow University Art Gallery Exhibits Work of the #notwhite collective

The opening reception for the Carlow University Art Gallery’s latest exhibit will be September 19 at 6 p.m. The work of the #notwhite collective will be exhibited.

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“Woman It Woman: An Exhibition of the #notwhite collective” Opens September 19

Pittsburgh, Pa. –The Carlow University Art Gallery will feature “Woman It Woman: An Exhibition of the #notwhite collective”opening with a reception on September 19, 2019, at 6 p.m., and running through December 13, 2019.

Woman It Woman will feature the work of the #notwhite collective, a group of 13 women artists who elevate the stories of others through their work.  They use a multitude of artistic and professional disciplines – sculpture, painting, installations, performance, poetry, and even counseling and teaching to advocate for social justice. This exhibition explores and celebrates the multifaceted aspects of self-defined liberation as it pertains to gender and identity within systems of oppression.

“Woman It Woman is a dynamic and vital exhibition that explores constructions of womanhood and the fluidity of gender and feminisms grounded in the experience and voice of artists of color,” said Amy Bowman-McElhone, M.A., assistant professor of art history and the director of the Carlow University Art Gallery.  “The #notwhite collective’s work provides an artistic platform for difficult discussions on the complexities of cultural identity in the U.S.”

The members of the #notwhite collective are: Sarah Aziz, Veronica Corpuz, Christiane Dolores, Amber Epps, Fran Flaherty, Geña, Sarika Goulatia, Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Liana Maneese, Maritza Mosquera, Maggie Negrete, Sara Tang, and Alison Zapata. The collective are bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrants, or descendants of immigrants, who identify culturally as Afro-Deutsch Cherokee, American, Black Latina, Brazilian American, Chinese, Filipina, Hispanic, Latina, Spanish, Southeast Asian, and Indian American, to name a few.

The opening reception will take place in the gallery, located on the second floor of University Commons at the center of the Carlow campus, on Thursday, September 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.  A “Talk the Art Series” will take place on October 17, November, 21, and December 5, also in the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. These monthly talks are a chance to discuss some of the issues raised by and through the work, and – in the words of the #notwhite collective – provide an opportunity to “excavate histories, expose realities, and exorcise oppression.”

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Amy Bowman-McElhone, M.A., via email at

Editor’s Note:  Credit for attached photo:  Christianne Dolores, Unworthies, Invisible, 2018


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