Visitors Can Enjoy Tours, Music, Gallery Activities and an Artists’ Spotlight

BOSTON, MA (February 27, 2015)—On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is offering an evening filled with festivities honoring Women in the Arts. Held from 6–9:45 pm, when Museum admission is by voluntary contribution, a host of events and activities include art making, gallery tours and music by the Girls Rock Campaign, Boston—a group that fosters self-expression, confidence and collaboration for young girls through music. This year, with the help of ArtLifting, the MFA is spotlighting artwork created by 10 artists who are homeless and disabled from the Boston area and beyond. ArtLifting is an award-winning Boston-born social enterprise that sells life-changing art. Visitors can meet the artists to learn more about their stories, their inspiration and ArtLifting experiences throughout the evening. Additionally, visitors can try their hand at crafting a sculptural work of art in the Museum’s galleries or sketching a live model with tips from an artist in the Shapiro Family Courtyard. For a closer look at the Museum’s collection of art celebrating women, 30-minute tours featuring contemporary women artists, a one-hour tour of women in French art, and a talk by Professor Laura Prieto of Simmons College about the MFA’s collection of American women’s self portraiture, are also scheduled. Social media fans are invited to use #mfaboston and #wmnhist to share their favorite photos on Twitter and Instagram as they explore the galleries. This year’s Women in the Arts celebration is sponsored by Entergy Corporation.

Throughout the year, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston puts on a variety of cultural celebrations, including Nowruz: The Persian New Year Celebration (March 21, 2015), Juneteenth (June 17, 2015), Diwali: The Festival of Lights (November 4, 2015), Hanukkah (December 9, 2015) and Lunar New Year (February 6, 2016).

WOMEN IN THE ARTS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All events are free and open to the public

SPECIAL EVENTS 

Artists’ Spotlight

6–9 pm, Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion

7:30–8:30 pm, ASL Interpretation 

Visitors are encouraged to explore works created by artists who are homeless and disabled, all of whom are represented by ArtLifting—an award-winning, Boston-born social enterprise that promotes the sale of life-changing art. Guests are able to meet the artists and learn more about their inspiration, their work and the impact ArtLifting has had on their lives.

Music: Girls Rock Campaign Boston

6:30–7 and 7:15-7:45 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

GRC Boston provides a supportive community fostering self-expression, confidence and collaboration through musical education and performance. Visitors have the opportunity to hear music from volunteers and past participants who have witnessed the transformative empowerment of GRC. 

TOURS AND TALKS 

Women in French Art

6–7 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

This tour explores diverse depictions of women in French art from the 18th through 20th centuries.

American Sign Language Tour: Women in the Arts 

6–7 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

American Sign Language tour featuring works by women artists. No spoken English. 

Highlights Tours: Contemporary Women Artists  

6:30, 6:45, and 7 pm, Meet in Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria

A 30-minute tour highlighting works from the Museum’s collection, with a focus on women artists of today. 

Her Own Subject: American Women’s Self-Portraits before 1930

7–7:30 pm, Riley Seminar Room

A talk with Professor Laura Prieto, chair, Department of History, professor, History/Women’s and Gender Studies, Simmons College, and author of At Home in the Studio: The Professionalization of Women Artists in America. 

GALLERY ACTIVITIES 

Drawing in the Galleries 

6–9 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard  

Visitors receive drawing tips and ideas from an artist as they sketch a live model. Made possible by the Lowell Institute. 

Art Making: Super Sculptures  

6–9 pm, Edward H. Linde Gallery

Guests marvel at Tara Donovan’s sculpture overhead in Gallery 168 and find inspiration to create their own sculptural masterpiece from cups.

Women in the Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is presented in partnership with ArtLifting. 

Nowruz: The Persian New Year Celebration is sponsored by YAS Foundation. 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its collection, which includes an estimated 500,000 objects. The Museum has more than 140 galleries displaying its encyclopedic collection, which includes Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 am–4:45 pm; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am–9:45 pm Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit mfa.org or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

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