‘Rejecting the Myth of the Artistic Genius’ show holds open call for student submissions


Sophie Barner ’21 at her job as a curatorial assistant at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Photo Credit: Sophie Barner

Taylor Broz

For most seniors, capstone projects are an ever evolving process of research, countless drafts and presentations. For Sophie Barner ‘21, a visual arts major and art museum studies minor, they not only give her the opportunity to show off the skills she has learned but also a chance to showcase art of past and present students. 

Barner is curating and hosting a student art show under the theme “Rejecting the Myth of the Artistic Genius” in the Susan Bergman Gurrentz Gallery located in Woodland Hall. With this theme, Barner wants to make art more inclusive and more accessible. 

“There’s a myth that in order to be successful in art you have to be a white cisgendered male,” Barner explained. “ That’s not true, and it’s been proven through past studies that women, people of color and queer people did not have the same opportunities but have greatly contributed.” 

Last week, Barner published a call for art aimed at both past and present Chatham University students. Works can be either 2D, 3D or written word. Artists can submit up to three different artworks; however, only one may be curated in the show. You can find the form to submit your work through the QR code provided. Submissions are open until Oct. 22. 

Students can scan this QR code to access forms to submit their artwork for the capstone project. Photo Credit: Sophie Barner

Through this show, Barner hopes students see themselves in the art they create and observe.

“People put their identity into art. Your identity and its representation is important and relatable,” Barner said. “I hope the message will be that the future of art can be inclusive. The Western Canon is so exclusive and the stereotype of white male artists. Anyone can create art that is meaningful.” 

In addition to this element of her capstone project, Barner will also conduct research on contemporary artists and how they combat these misconceptions. Barner hopes that with her show and research, the art world will not only become more inclusive for the future but also appreciate past women, POC and queer artists that never got full recognition for their artistic contributions.