10 Female Artists to See at Dallas Art Fair

Originally published on Adhoc.is on April 13, 2016.

I’m a feminist with an agenda, and in light of recent discussions of women’s roles in social and political issues I have found the importance of being part of the narrative and expressing female representation. As my knowledge with the art world grows, so will my voice, and I want to use my voice now to contribute to the current trend of feminism in the arts.

The Dallas Art Fair is in its eighth edition and once more providing attendees the opportunity to participate in the already expanding arts scene in Dallas, Texas. This year is expected to bring a great collection of international names to our local arts scene, and unite artists from the celebrated to the emerging. For dealers, this means more opportunities to find the next big collection and create a name for themselves by the time they return in 2017. For enthusiasts like myself, this is a chance to get to know current trends in the art world and to see how contemporary artists and gallerists are contributing to those trends worldwide.

What is great about events as large and as popular as the Dallas Art Fair is the ability to explore the diversity of artists and their works. Yet through this diversity, there are opportunities to enhance the voice of female artists that Dallas has not taken proper advantage of. One would assume that in the centuries of art, women would have found a stable environment for representation and appreciation. But where are they now? With groups like the Guerrilla Girls and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, misrepresentation of women has been brought to the forefront of art world discussion. Indeed, the issue has been kept alive through retrospectives, auctions, and even critics like Jerry Saltz who recognize this phenomena in contemporary studies. However, the void still exists.

It seems now, more than ever, we are beginning to address the lack of female representation in social and political issues. Despite making up nearly half the population worldwide, we still have to validate our purpose. With an underwhelming amount of art by women at the Dallas Art Fair, can we be sure that representation of artists is equal? In order to use my feminist voice as a contribution, this list of 10 must-see female artists allows me the opportunity to give them the representation they deserve.


Rachel Livedalen

Livedalen identifies as a printmaker, but practices with other various media that explore contemporary femininity through history and mythology.
She is shown with Erin Cluley Gallery from Dallas, Texas.

Party Girl (Livia) silkscreen on archival inkjet print 2015
Party Girl (Livia) silkscreen on archival inkjet print 2015


Lena Daly

Daly’s sculptures create color-field explorations in sculpture using chalk and LED light that allow the two variables to exist in concert.
She is shown by Various Small Fries out of Las Angeles, California.

Re-Charge Battery, UV-reactive chalk on vinyl, uv-reactive oil paint, wood, 2015
Re-Charge Battery UV-reactive chalk on vinyl, uv-reactive oil paint, wood 2015


Rachel Lee Hovnanian

Hovnanian is a multimedia artist whose works focus on themes of narcissism, media, and gender roles in the context of contemporary society.
She is shown with Leila Heller Gallery located in New York and Dubai.

ILYSFM, neon, 2016
ILYSFM neon 2016


Kristen Cliburn

Cliburn identifies as a painter, but works in various media that reflect her interest in color and form.
She is shown with Cris Worley Fine Arts out of Dallas, Texas.

With Love, acrylic on canvas, 2014
With Love acrylic on canvas 2014


Sylvie Fleury

Fleury is based out of Switzerland and explores consumer superficiality through creating seductive objects and installations.
She is represented by Karma International based out of Zürich, Switzerland.

Le Caddy, gold coated shopping cart, piedestal, mirror, 2000
Le Caddy gold coated shopping cart, piedestal, mirror 2000


Ann Veronica Janssens

Janssens bases her work in light and color, as if to make direct collections of both sources. Including the Dallas Art Fair, Janssens work can be seen in exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
She is represented with Borolami Gallery out of New York, New York.

Untitled, glass, 2016
Untitled glass 2016


Nadia Kaabi-Linke

Nadia’s works are constructed from identities and memories and inserted in urban contexts from her past. Dallas residents who visited the Dallas Contemporary in the fall of 2015 remember works from Nadia Kaabi-Linke in six projects that represent current cultural climates.
She is shown with Lawri Shabibi out of Dubai.

Tunisian Americans, wood, cork and soil in four panels, 2012
Tunisian Americans wood, cork and soil in four panels 2012


Roula Partheniou

Partheniou experiments with familiar objects that challenge logic through strategic use of repetition and duplication in color and form. I was pleased to recently interview Roula Partheniou and look forward to seeing her work in Dallas.
She is represented by MKG127 out of Toronto, Ontario.

Vertical Shift #2 crylic on wood 2016
Vertical Shift #2 crylic on wood 2016


Kathleen Ryan

Ryan is a sculpture artist based out of Santa Monica, California. Her work uses oversized forms and industrial materials in a thoughtful observation of her surroundings.
She is shown with François Ghebaly Gallery out of Las Angeles, California.

Block Wall glazed ceramic, steel 2012
Block Wall glazed ceramic, steel 2012


Naama Tsabar

Tsabar is an untraditional sculpture artist whose works explore the boundaries and relationships of objects and materials.
She is shown with Páramo out of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Work on Felt (Variation One) industrial felt, carbon fiber, piano strings, guitar tuning peg, contact mic. 2012
Work on Felt (Variation One) industrial felt, carbon fiber, piano strings, guitar tuning peg, contact mic. 2012


There are still plenty of opportunities to see work by contemporary artists outside of the Dallas Art Fair. Here are other exhibitions you can visit while in Dallas that feature collections by female artists.

Doris Salcedo: Plegaria Muda – Nasher Sculpture Center
February 27, 2016 – April 17, 2016
Ann Veronica Janssens – Nasher Sculpture Center
January 23, 2016 – April 17, 2016
Paola Pivi: Ma’am – Dallas Contemporary
April 16, 2016 – August 21, 2016
Rebecca Warren: The Main Feeling – Dallas Museum of Art
March 13, 2016 – July 17, 2016
GRLPWR – 500x Gallery
April 9 – May 1, 2016
Julie Libersat: Infinite Loop – Ro2 Art
April 2 – May 1, 2016
Rosalyn Bodycomb: Trance – Conduit Gallery
April 2, 2016 – May 7, 2016
Rachel Hellmann: Quad line – Galleri Urbane
April 2, 2016 – May 7, 2016
Lynne Harlow: “Hey Sunshine” – Liliana Bloch Gallery
April 2, 2016 – May 7, 2016

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