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The Funk Heritage Center has opened a temporary exhibit, showcasing the work of female artists.

Now through the end of April, the Funk Heritage Center has a temporary exhibit in place to recognize the work of female artists in American history.

The exhibit opened this month for Women's History Month and will remain open until the end of April.

Among the artists highlighted in this exhibit are Jean Bales, who was presented with the Governor’s Cup for Outstanding Indian Artist of the Year, and Lois Smoky Kaulaity.

“(Kaulaity) was originally part of the famous Kiowa Six (a group of six artists of the Kiowa Tribe who were internationally recognized during the 20th century), but due to discrimination from her male peers, she left,” Riki Poarch, who curated the exhibit, said in a statement. “It has only been in recent years that her position in the group has been restored.”

Poarch said the exhibit and others like it aim to honor women artists whose work has not been displayed, or those who have not been recently or widely showcased. 

“I had only heard about Women’s History Month two years ago,” Poarch said. “I think it’s important to highlight women because, so often in history, they have just been pushed aside.”

The Funk Heritage Center is located on the Reinhardt University campus, at 7300 Reinhardt College Circle in Waleska. For more information, visit www.reinhardt.edu/funkheritage.

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