The Well-Read Woman Exhibition and Louise Noun Library Unveiling

The roots of the DSM Girl Gang go back to a all-female art show in October of 2015. Since then, we have loved organizing women empowering art shows! Our latest show brought endless smiles, lots of challenging artists prompts, and left many of us speechless from the profound work created. 

To help celebrate the opening of the Louise Noun library, we partnered with the YWRC to hold a corresponding exhibit of visual and written works by over 50 local female artists and authors, entitled The Well-Read Woman. Each piece is inspired by a book from the collection, and was available to view at the YWRC during the month of March. Thank you to Lindsay Keast, our guest curator for the show who did a tremendous job! Thank you thank you thank you to our incredible artists! 

More than 400 guests helped the Young Women's Resource Center and DSM Girl Gang celebrate the this incredible unveiling of literature and art on Friday, March 3, from 6 – 9 p.m. Guests enjoyed light refreshments, beverages from Jasper Winery and Peace Tree Brewing - Des Moines Branch, live music by harpist Sarah Mowitz, a brief program, and of course, lots of literature and art. The library houses over 400 books from Louise Noun’s personal collection centered around women’s studies, history, literature and art. Books from the collection will be available as a resource to the public to check out from the YWRC year round.

We also hosted two educational events throughout March - an exhibition talk facilitated by Siobhan Spain and an open mic event called "Writings Aloud". Thank you to all the artists and community members who came to support the artists for these additional events. 

And lastly, thank you to the event sponsors, Ellen and Jim Hubbell.