Woodlands Academy Hosts "Women in the Arts" in March
Works by artists Polly Yates and Eileen Murphy will be on exhibit at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart through March 17 as part of the 2017 Women in the Arts program. The all-girls college prep high school is at 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest.
Murphy will give a presentation from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, March 17, in the school's Haggerty Center. The presentation will be free and open to the general public. Yates gave a presentation earlier this month. In addition, the artists will conduct workshops for students.
Murphy lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. "My paintings are about spaces I live in," she said. "My earliest adult work was of New York City, where I had recently moved. I painted the streets and bridges and rivers, and then my focus narrowed and narrowed until I was painting my studio and my apartment."
After a few years of doing this, Murphy shifted her focus to the landscape she grew up in: the Hudson River Valley.
She has a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke, a research liberal arts college for women in Massachusetts, and a master's from Pratt Institute in New York. Since 2010, Murphy has served as an assistant to artist Jeff Koons.
Yates is a British artist, educator and curator currently living and working in Chicago. Her practice is an exercise in manipulating materials and shaping spaces to convey meanings and conceal secrets.
She studied fine art (sculpture) at Wimbledon School of Art in the UK and completed her master's degree at London's Central Saint Martins in 2011. Yates's work has been shown in the U.S. and internationally. She is a teaching artist for the Beverly Arts Center and Columbia College.
Women in the Arts has been a Woodlands Academy tradition since 2005, when parents of two alumnae offered to sponsor exhibits by two visiting artists.
In addition to the exhibits, each visiting artist made a presentation to students taking studio art and photography. Because this initial event was so well received by the visiting artists and Woodlands students alike, the donors offered to make Women in the Arts an annual event.
For more information, visit www.woodlandsacademy,org.