Mixed media and collage
Monongalia County
M.A. Art History (West Virginia University); Graduate Certificate, Women's and Gender Studies (West Virginia University); Master of Public Administration (University of Nebraska Omaha); B.A. Studio Art (University of Nebraska Lincoln)
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Drawing, Installation Art Design & Production, Painting

Sally Deskins

I research, interview, and write reviews, academic articles, and features on contemporary art and feminist art. I curate contemporary exhibitions with feminist intent, which focuses on research and design for a broad audience. My writing, event producing, and curating for my organization Les Femmes Folles has a specific mission to serve as a platform for women in art, to be even a small notch in the under and misrepresentation of women and minority artists in exhibitions and texts.

My personal artwork explores gender, the body, and motherhood with body prints, and collaborative drawings of the figure juxtaposed with childhood imagery.

Biography

I am an artist, writer, and curator. A recent graduate of the Master of Arts program at West Virginia University, I received two awards for my research on the curating of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. I have curated over a dozen exhibitions including Surroundings, currently up in the WVU Laura Mesaros Gallery, and a forthcoming contemporary glass exhibit in WVU’s Nutting Gallery. My writing has been published worldwide, with a focus on women in art and feminist perspectives, and I’m the founding editor/curator of Les Femmes Folles, an organization promoting women in art. My artwork explores gender and motherhood and has been exhibited nationwide in solo and group exhibitions, including the forthcoming show Environs, with artists Leslie Sotomayor and Nugent Kos, in Union Hall Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have illustrated three books, including Intimates and Fools (2014, winner of Nebraska Books Honor Award for illustration), Leaves of Absence (2016), and Ten-Speed (forthcoming) all with poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman. I have also worked in arts administration and journalism.