From Nefertiti to Michelle Obama the impact of women on our world is incalculable. Historically, women’s contributions embrace every field of study. And yet today, much outstanding work goes unheralded and worse, unknown.
To help bring these spectacular women into the light, Woman/ Women was created as an original new exhibit for The Leonardo’s Human Rights Gallery. It celebrates the work of women past and present and asks us to imagine a 50/50 future based on equal opportunities.
“I believe this exhibit comes at an important time,” said Alexandra Hesse, Executive Director of The Leonardo. “I hope it will spur a lot of dialogue about gender balance and about inclusion and equity. Learning about the contributions of so many women throughout history is inspiring – for me personally, and I hope for all of our visitors.”
At the heart of the exhibit is The Work in Progress Mural, made at The Leonardo. It is a stunning visualization of the impact of women on our society. The brain-child of Jann Haworth, The Leonardo’s Creative Director, this community project brought together over 120 local men and women from the YWCA, University of Utah Nursing School, BYU, The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, and staff from The Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County Mayor’s office along with donors from Generosity who backed the project.
Participants created stencil portraits of more than 150 women who are catalysts for change in the arts, sciences and social evolution. Their portraits were then made into a beautiful collage by Liberty Blake, an artist who serves as The Leonardo’s Art Specialist, into a piece that is 40 ft. long and growing. In the coming months two new panels will be created in the Residency Studio at The Leonardo, bringing the total length to 48 ft.