Women’s History Month Exhibit 100 Women, 100 Words at McMurry University Has Taken On a New Meaning for West Texas Women

Women’s History Month Exhibit 100 Women, 100 Words at McMurry University Has Taken On a New Meaning for West Texas Women

By Gary Ellison, Associate Director University Relations - McMurry University

 

 

 

ABILENE,Texas –100 Women, 100 Words is a mixed media exhibit featuring the art and wordsof West Texas women . This exhibit is bringingtogether a group of West Texas women from all backgrounds and ages thatprobably would never have come together any other way. 100Women, 100 Words will be on displayfrom March 5 through March 31 in the Ryan Fine Arts Building on McMurryUniversity’s campus. Participants in the show include some well-known communityleaders like State Representative Susan King, as well as area high schoolstudents, local professors, community leaders, military leaders, ministers,moms, nonprofit executives, artists and others. {{more}} 100Women, 100 Words started as an ideafor a Women’s History Month exhibit at McMurry University, however; since itsinception it has grown into much more. Many women in the Abilene area seem tobe jumping at the chance to tell their story through their own words and art.The interesting thing is most of the participants are NOT formally trainedartists or writers. “We thoughtthis project would be difficult to accomplish. We thought many women would say”no” to us when they looked at the 6”X 6” canvas and set of instructions weprovided. We were wrong. Women, no matter what their background or trainingseem to be accepting our challenge to share their experiences with us – to telltheir story,” said Dr. Christina Wilson, Dean of the School of Arts and Lettersat McMurry. “What we will have when the project is completed is a uniquehistorical snapshot of West Texas women’s stories about women and womanhood – atestament to Women’s History Month we will be celebrating. ” However,this is not the entire story. “During our journey to identify and attract womento our project we uncovered much more than we expected. Women immediately begantalking about their ideas for their project to us and to each other. Fifteenminute appointments with prospective participants turned into forty-five minuteappointments. Women we did not know began asking us if we needed additionalparticipants. Immediately we began to hear about these women’s lives,” said Dr.Wilson. For moreinformation on100 Women, 100 Words, please contact Dr. Christina Wilsonat 325-793-4607 or by email at wilson.christina@mcm.edu.