The National League of American Pen Women Juried Exhibit
April 9 through June 6, 2010
Second Floor Gallery
Opening reception on April 9, 5 - 8 pm, in conjunction with downtown Little Rock's 2nd Friday Art Night.
The oldest arts organization for women in the United States, the National League of American Pen Women was founded in 1897 by a group of female writers who took exception to being excluded from all-male press clubs. Artists and composers soon joined their literary sisters, and in the ensuing years, writing competitions, art exhibitions, and special events showcased the works not only of League members, but aspiring artists, writers, and musicians. Scholarships for students and mature women honing their craft have been hallmarks of League efforts.
Vinnie Ream, Eudora Welty, Pearl Buck, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amy Beach, and Carrie Jacobs Bond are but a few of the thousands who were proud Pen Women.
National conventions began in the early 1920s and have continued as biennials alternating between Washington, DC and other cities around the nation. Little Rock hosts the 45th biennial of American Pen Women with five days of events, competitions, and exhibits.
The art exhibition, juried by Dr. Leslie Luebbens, Director of the University of Memphis Museum of Art, will hang at the Historic Arkansas Museum from April 9 through June 6. Selections were made from sculpture and paintings submitted by Pen Women from around the country. Awards will be presented at the Pen Women luncheon on Friday, April 9.