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Nasty Women Art Show opens to crowds at Current Studio

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Guests peruse the artwork at the Nasty Women art show at Current Studio in Oklahoma City.
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Hanging in the center of Current Studio, a poem shudders with the power of women.

Authored by poet Angie LaPaglia, the words are white on white, cut out and carved to thrust out of the background like a dare.

Across the room, two photographs by Shevaun Williams of Norman show Berber women in traditional dress and a scene from Cuba, all portraying the patriarchal life nasty women lead in corners of the world far from America’s own “nasty women.”


Both Williams and LaPaglia are among the artists displaying at “The Nasty Women” art show at Current Studio, located at 1218 N. Pennsylvania Ave. With Nasty Women exhibitions being held all over the world, Current Studio curated the exhibition for Oklahoma City, because “we have nasty women here too.”

“Nasty Women exhibitions have been happening since the inauguration, but when we found out no one was hosting one in Oklahoma, we decided to,” said Kelsey Karper, who curated the exhibition along with local artist romy owens (sic).

The Nasty Women moniker stems from a presidential debate in which President Donald Trump called Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman.”

“We put out an open call for artists, and we got responses from all over the country and even two from other countries. There were so many, we had to cut it down to 116 pieces from 76 artists. Not all are women. There are two men in the show. We decided anyone can identify or align with nasty women.”

Poet Angie LaPaglia displays A visual poem at the Nasty Women exhibition at Current Studio. (Heide Brandes / Red Dirt Report)

The exhibition features spoken word, poetry, sculpture, interactive art, fiber art and more. The show opened Thursday night to one of the largest attendance at Current Studio.

“I hope with the number of exhibits and the number of people attending Nasty Women shows around the nation, that (President Donald Trump) would be scared. This has united us all,” said Karper. “We wanted to represent as many different perspectives and voices in the show. I hope with all of the voices out there, we get a better understanding of where women are and what we are thinking about. All of us are powerful when we come together.”

Poet LaPaglia said her visual poem was born from the helplessness and fear she felt watching the last Presidential election unfold.

“I experienced a sense of powerlessness and fear,” she said. “As a poet, I tried to deal with that and I wrote pages and pages about the idea of power. What I finally landed on was an innate power in women, our bodies’ power to give and nurture life, to give and receive pleasure and to withstand so much.”

The Nasty Women exhibition opened to a full house Thursday at Current Studio. (Heide Brandes / Red Dirt Report)

Shevaun Williams said her photos brought up the challenges of women throughout the world, not just those in the United States.

“These are real women,” she said. “The Berber women are nomadic and come from a very patriarchal society. I really wanted people to think about the condition of women around the world. Many have more challenges than we have.”

owens said she hoped the Nasty Women exhibition would show people they have a community that is like-minded.

“This is about Hillary and Trump and what Trump said to her,” owens said. “Look what it grew into with progressives, feminists and normal thoughtful people. Look how many people are here. It speaks to people.”

The funds raised through entry fees benefit OKC Artists for Justice. The artists featured in the Oklahoma City Nasty Women Exhibition are:

Mariah Addis | Oklahoma City, OK

M.J. Alexander | Oklahoma City, OK

Marilyn Artus | Oklahoma City, OK

alexis joanna austin | Oklahoma City, OK

Allisa Austin | Chickasha, OK

Chloey Benson | Yukon, OK

Johanna Blanchard | Oklahoma City, OK

Jen Boyd | Tulsa, OK

Sarah Brokaw | Tulsa, OK

Tammy Brummell | Oklahoma City, OK

Connor Cascante | Oklahoma City, OK

Emily M. Chase | Tulsa, OK

Yong Chen | Savannah, GA

Erin Cooper | Oklahoma City, OK

Shannon Crider | Houston, TX

Leslie Waugh Dallam | Norman, OK

Ashley Dawn | Oklahoma City, OK

Adrienne C. Day | Norman, OK

Emma Difani | Albuquerque, NM

Nicole Emmons-Willis | Oklahoma City, OK

Jamie Eneff | Oklahoma City, OK

Ariana Foote | Oklahoma City, OK

Nicole Foran | Laredo, TX

Avery Forbes | New York, NY

Lilly Gilmore | Edmond, OK

Vanessa Glynn | New York, NY

Micah Halverson | Chickasha, OK

Grace Hawkins | Oklahoma City, OK

Alexis Hazel | Ada, OK

Gayla Hollis | Oklahoma City, OK

Tonia Indigo Hughes | Kansas City, MO

Kat | Stoneham, MA

Angie LaPaglia | Oklahoma City, OK

Erin Latham | Oklahoma City, OK

Bethany Lee | Oklahoma City, OK

Darci Lenker | Norman, OK

Annie Lillard & Super Friends | Oklahoma City, OK

Julia Lillard | Oklahoma City, OK

Trace Logan | Oklahoma City, OK

Kimberly Lyle | Oklahoma City, OK

Helle Mellemstrand | Stavanger, Norway

Nicole Moan | Oklahoma City, OK

Sharon Montgomery | Oklahoma City, OK

Sarah Morgan | Denver, CO

Lori Oden | Edmond, OK

Ryan Pack | Oklahoma City, OK

Grace Pantalone | Norman, OK

Jone Phémi | Oklahoma City, OK

Cacky Poarch | Oklahoma City, OK

Nicole Poole | Norman, OK

Carol Radsprecher | Brooklyn, NY

Evelyn Render-Katz | Omaha, NE

Theresa Riemer | Lawton, OK

Kelly Rogers | Oklahoma City, OK

Lique Schoot | Arnhem, Netherlands

Tatyana Scott | Brighton, MA

Jackie Skrzynski | Cornwall-on- Hudson, NY

Shannon Smith | Oklahoma City, OK

Bill Zorn Sneed | Norman, OK

Brittney Standridge and Kathryn Holsten | Tulsa, OK

Elizabeth Suárez | Midwest City, OK

Blair Summers | Yukon, OK

Suzanne Thomas | Oklahoma City, OK

Allison Beilue Thompson | Edmond, OK

Trisha Thompson Adams | Oklahoma City, OK

Leigh Tomlin and Kerri Shadid | Oklahoma City, OK

Jordan Vinyard | Mustang, OK

Jarica Walsh | Oklahoma City, OK

Katrina Ward | Norman, OK

Rachel Warren | Loxahatchee, FL

Carla Waugh | Norman, OK

Shevaun Williams | Norman, OK

Kelly Witte | Racine, WI

Julie Yang | Oklahoma City, OK

Jave Yoshimoto | Tulsa, OK

The exhibition continues through July 30. Additional events will be added to the Current Studio calendar as they are planned.

The Nasty Women Art Show
Friday, June 23rd, 2017 9:41am to Sunday, July 30th, 2017 8:41pm
Current Studio
1218 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

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