Morean Arts Center Opens 2019 with a New Exhibition that Challenges Social Expectations and Gender Norms

11 Jan 2019, Posted by Morean Administrator in Community, Events, News, Press Releases


January 11, 2019


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Morean Arts Center Opens 2019 with a New Exhibition that Challenges Social Expectations and Gender Norms

Roles of Engagement


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Morean Arts Center (MAC) opens 2019 with a thought-provoking exhibition that challenges social expectations and gender “norms” in Roles of Engagement. Six artists from across the country were chosen to participate in the unusual show curated by Kelsey Nagy. The exhibition will include a variety of mediums such as fiber, ceramics, performance, digital installation and photography. Participating artists include: Orly Cogan, Sarah Tancred, Marsha Kemp, Cheyenne Rudolph, Desiree Moore, and Paul LeRoy Gehres aka LeRoy “King of Art”. The exhibition will be on display at the MAC from January 12 – February 22. Opening reception will be held during Second Saturday ArtWalk, Saturday, January 12, 5-9p with live performance art at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Roles of Engagement is the result of merging two separate shows together—a women’s show and a fiber show. After reviewing possible artists, the Curatorial Team, Amanda Cooper and Kelsey Nagy, discovered a common theme amongst the creators, which sparked the idea of an exhibition that challenges stereotypes and gender norms.

With a diverse display of mediums, the exhibition will bring together each artist’s unique vision and twist on social expectations. “I’m excited to be working with and displaying the works of all six artists. It’s been wonderful to see how these very different works interact to create a larger cohesive dialogue” says Nagy.

Installations include beautifully embroidered, but often sinister scenes on repurposed vintage linens, performance art using “Kitschinventions” from clay, the transformation of Iberian Rooster drag queen Adriana Sparkle, found and printed fabrics of pop culture icons and a lot more surprises.

Also, on display, but in her own solo show, are the works of Princess Smith (MFA, USF) who creates drawings and paintings that are mostly narrations, observations and critiques of a perceived black female culture inThe Evolution of Self. Curator of Exhibitions, Amanda Cooper, first discovered the artist nearly five years ago at Art Festival Beth-El and was impressed with her work. She has since been following Princess Smith and thought she would be a wonderful addition to Roles of Engagement.

“I wanted to display the works of an artist who was working toward the theme of identity and perception and that’s exactly what Princess Smith does—creating paintings and drawings that depict how our culture and society view women of color vs. how she sees them and how they view themselves” says Cooper.

Both exhibitions will be on view at the MAC and are free and open to the public. For more information on the Morean Arts Center and upcoming exhibitions, please visit


About the Morean Arts Center: The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.

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