Exhibition  TBD–March 27 Gallery Hours
Virtual Artist Talk
Virtual Exhibition Tours Tuesday, February 16 at 12 pm, Friday, February 26 at 3 pm, Tuesday, March 16 at 12 pm and Friday, March 26 at 3 pm

Shana Wilson is an artist on a mission. Her powerful series For Women Who Roar, salutes and empowers women. The ground-breaking exhibition of large-scale portraits highlights and challenges the history of oppression, subjugation, and marginalization faced by women and girls alike. It pays tribute to their achievements despite past injustice, creating a new artistic chapter that allocates women their place as leaders- both on the art museum wall and in the world.  

Wilson’s inner-drive as an artist ignited when the #metoo and #timesup social justice movements were gaining exposure. She was moved so profoundly that she started a new series of portraits of important women as her own contribution to the movement and activism.  

Stunningly rendered oil paintings depict icons of empowerment, leadership, and liberation. Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Anita Hill, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Buffy Sainte Marie and Maria Toorpakai Wazir are a few of her subjects. Wilson sought their permission and cooperation, connecting with many of them personally and painting them all from photographs.  

Ingrained and systemic injustice has supressed generations of women in the workplace and society. Wilson recognizes her studies as game-changers and key to economic diversity, political strength, and social transformation. 

Edmonton-based Wilson has been painting portraits for over 20 years. Her work is meticulous. Wilson’s ability to capture the authentic likeness and modest expression of her subjects has garnered her recognition and veneration. Her paintings have graced the cover of Time magazine – twice! This is your opportunity to see them in person.  

Shana Wilson, Buffy Sainte Marie, Oil on canvas, 60×40” 2019. Photo credit: Robert Tyndale