"Currents" Beth Hoeckel 2013
By Evan Wood
The Riveter magazine just released its second print edition, which features a section profiling women in visual arts, aptly titled "Here are the Women in Visual Arts." The section is a print companion to an exhibition at PS Gallery in Columbia, which was organized and co-curated by PS Gallery and The Riveter. The exhibit will run from now until July 26.
The Riveter, founded by Mizzou alumni Joanna Demkiewicz and Kaylen Ralph, brings women's voices to long-form journalism, an arena in which they are largely underrepresented. While the magazine aims to even a disparity between the bylines of men and women in long-form journalism, both this segment of the magazine and the exhibit are an acknowledgement of gender imbalance in other fields.
"We don't live in a long-form bubble," says Joanna. "We understand that other industries champion men before women."
Joanna and Kaylen, along with PS Gallery Executive Curator Joel Sager, hatched the idea for an all-women's art exhibit in Autumn of 2013. It then followed that the artists in the show would be profiled in The Riveter. That, in turn, became the basis for a new section of the magazine. "Here are the Women" will be a regular department in The Riveter, profiling women in a variety of trades.
As for selecting artists, PS Gallery and The Riveter both contributed evenly.
"It was a very democratic process," Joanna says. She explained that while the exhibit relies on Joel's expertise in curating, the artists were ultimately selected by a process that involved dialogue and discovery on all sides. And while Joel used his connections and background as a gallery director to seek out artists, Joanna says that she and Kaylen used their own particular skill set to find potential candidates.
"We went about it as journalists," Joanna says. "We looked for a variety of stories." The exhibit features artists from across the country, including Kansas City artist Lily Dawson.
According to Joanna, the show is meant to be approachable as a participant—meaning it features affordable art. PS Gallery has announced that a good deal of the pieces will be in the one hundred to four hundred dollar range. Additionally, ten percent of the opening night proceeds will be donated to The Riveter to support its mission of publishing women’s voices.
Ostensibly, the show's main thematic thread, emerging women artists, is a broad one. But it’s been carefully curated, and the work of each artist contrasts the other pieces, and balances the overall exhibit.
"We wanted everyone to have their own separate story to tell—but it's a story that could be connected to another one of the artists," Joanna says. The exhibit seeks to showcase each artist's work independently, but also to be cohesive on a broader level.
You can decide how it strikes you for yourself at PS Gallery this weekend, or during the gallery's regular hours.
PS gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-6pm, and Sunday 11am-4pm. The gallery is located at 1025 E. Walnut in Columbia. Visit their website for more information. Copies of The Riveter’s second issue can be purchased here.