Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents 8–12 exhibitions per year in the Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, the Barbara and Paul Uhlmann Gallery, the Meeting Room Gallery, the Atrium, and the Kemper East Gallery. The Museum curates exhibitions from its Permanent Collection and of the work of emerging, midcareer, and established artists.
The first major multi-museum survey dedicated to contemporary artists based in the Midwest, The Regional brings together work by 23 artists working across painting, photography, installation, and performance. The artists come from a variety of backgrounds and are based across the region in cities like Detroit, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Madison, Minneapolis, and St. Louis, among others.
The Women to Watch exhibition series is a unique collaboration between the National Museum of Women Artists (NMWA) and its national and international committees. Each exhibition, held every few years, focuses on a specific medium or theme chosen by NMWA’s curators and features underrepresented, self-identifying women artists from each committee’s respective region.
New York-based artist Christian Ruiz Berman (Mexican-American, born 1982) uses his interest in art, architecture, memory, and storytelling to create intimate paintings that pay respect to environmentalists who have lost their lives fighting for animal rights. Exploring illusion and depth on flat surfaces, his work includes inspiration from 19th century New England die-cut valentines. He converts this style into large paintings that use animal imagery to engage in conversations about environmental issues, wildlife, and climate change.