Nevertheless, She Persisted

International Women's History Month

February 23 – March 24, 2018

In celebration of International Women’s History Month, Art Village Gallery is proud to bring Nevertheless, She Persisted to the South Main Arts District. The aim of the exhibition is to continue to address gender inequality in the arts both in the United States and internationally by honoring women’s contributions. The gallery’s first two-women exhibition will feature work created by Chinese-born, Memphis-based artist, Jin Huang Powell and Lisbon-based, Beatriz Manteigas.

Beatriz Manteigas presents seven breathtaking madonas where she creates the female body not as fragile and romantic, but as women actually are; a power of nature that creates and cares for nature itself. This is Manteigas’ first exhibition in the United States.

Jin Powell presents 11 works showcasing the diversity of her artistic expertise and talent. The emotive subject matter in most of her pieces deals with female victims of forced sexual slavery during the “Comfort Women” imprisonment. 

Nevertheless, She Persisted launches Friday, February 23, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm during the South Main Art Trolley Night complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The exhibition will run through Saturday March 24, 2018.

 “Women face such a diverse range of issues today. My desire is to positively impact my own little corner of the world by deliberately highlighting an annual exhibition that honors women’s contributions to the arts. I encourage the surrounding community to take part in the movement by actively joining the conversation. Use the hashtags #womensmonth901, #IWD2018 and #femaleartist901 on social media to highlight works by the women featured in the gallery exhibition and other women artists whose work you love, support and collect, says gallery director and curator, Sheila Urevbu.

Art Village Gallery plans to present a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month events to complement the two-women show. Women-led artist talks, workshops and films are also planned throughout the month – all in honor of women’s contributions to the arts.

About Art Village Gallery:  Art Village Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the historic South Main Arts District in Memphis, TN and has the primary purpose of supporting and promoting the work of emerging international artists. Founded in 1991 by Ephraim Urevbu and currently led by Sheila Urevbu, the gallery has established a reputation for designing and showcasing culturally significant exhibitions and experiences that inspire an appreciation for diversity and culture.