Celebrating women artists and the anniversary of groundbreaking festival


The works of artists including Sarah Miriam Peale, Susette Inloes Schultz Keast and Selma Hortense Burke are on display at Woodmere Art Museum in a show celebrating not only women, but also a festival staged 50 years ago.

“Through Her Eyes: Women Artists from Woodmere’s Collection” at Woodmere’s Stairwell Gallery, is part of “(re)FOCUS 2024,” a citywide event recognizing women artists and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1974 festival “FOCUS: Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts.” 

The 1974 festival was one of the first large-scale surveys of the work of contemporary American women artists. The event included exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations mounted at venues across the area. Venues participating in this year’s show include Colored Girls Museum in Germantown, Gravers Lane Gallery in Chestnut Hill and Arcadia University in Glenside.

The Woodmere exhibit will be on display through August 25 and also features artists including Cecilia Beaux, Anne Minich and Ellen Powell Tiberino.