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She’s Resilient


April 15th - July 10th, 2019

Opening Reception: APril 23nd, 2019 6:00-8:00pm

Artist Workshop: June 26, 2019 6:00-8:00

The Broad: 209 N. Foushee Street, Floor 3, Richmond, VA 23220

Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only: 614.679.9997 |


SDAC is excited to bring you a group exhibition, celebrating the works of local Virginia women artists and their various forms of abstract art. She’s Resilient will be on display through July 10, 2019 at The Broad Gallery: 209 N. Foushee Street, Floor 3, Richmond, VA 23220. Hours are by appointment. We will be celebrating the opening of the show on the evening of April 23, 2019 and will have a second event on June 26, 2019 where guests can create a personal piece of art to take home with them during one of our artist workshops. More info on the workshop and how to get a ticket will be posted on The Broad’s website under Happenings.

With this amazing collection of works we wanted to bring the concept of art as a method of healing and growth to the conversation. From using art as a way to recover from an injury, to incorporating it into one’s daily meditation routine, to charting and recording mental wellness through the creation of works - these artists show us the breadth of how art can lead to various ways of tackling life’s challenges and celebrating your successes along the way. Every artist has a story behind their works and with this show we get a closer look into these six women’s inspiration and journey through their art.

Thank you to the below local Virginia women artists for sharing their art and giving us the opportunity to learn more about the power and healing behind their works.


Cate West Zahl: @catewestzahl

Yellow Silo/ Blue Plane: Oil on Canvas

Cate West Zahl is a painter working in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and three sons.  She first studied studio art under Lee Newman at the Holton-Arms school, and then went on to earn her BA in Fine Arts from Hamilton College. Her academic training was based in the technical study of life, a strong foundation from which she could explore more explicit abstraction. Her resulting abstractions are reminiscent of Richard Diebenkorn’s and push his discoveries in often new and exciting directions.

Meet Me in the Middle , Acrylic Painting on Wood Panel

Meet Me in the Middle, Acrylic Painting on Wood Panel

Theodora Miller: @theodoramillerfineart

Theodora Miller is a contemporary artist based in Richmond, Virginia. While creative expression has been an indispensable part of her life, she literally fell into abstract expressionism. A split-second fall on the stairs resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury. Artful living took on new meaning; it emerged as an essential part of healing. Today her artistic process continues to be influenced by emotions, surroundings, and life events, resulting in soulful creations full of textural depth and color.

Shapes No. 7 , Digital Ilustration

Shapes No. 7, Digital Ilustration

Ashley Bozeman: @ashelycierraa

Richmond-based artist, Ashley Bozeman, has been expressing herself through various forms of mediums since a young age. Having lived in in over 8 cities, she’s channeled her experiences and adaptability into creating artwork that is both fluid and ever-changing.She currently works as a full-time art director at The Martin Agency as well as a freelance graphic designer.

With a background in fine art, Ashley was first introduced to digital art while attending portfolio school in Atlanta, GA. She developed an interest in playing with expressive arts on digital platforms. Art has always been a form of healing for her, particularly from anxiety and depression. Often feeling isolated by the state of her mental health, she’s found solace in creating art to effectively express her emotions.

The Shapes series is an accurate depiction of what it means to satisfy an anxious mind. Experimenting with colors, shapes and movement gives her the ability to communicate to both an audience and herself that art can be transformational and curative if we allow ourselves to let go and let our anxieties take center stage.

02.2019.01.02.5 , Charcoal + Pastel on Canvas

02.2019.01.02.5, Charcoal + Pastel on Canvas,  Acrylic on Wood Panel, Acrylic on Wood Panel

Meredith Hill: @meredithjshill

Meredith Hill is a contemporary artist working primarily in the mediums of painting and printmaking. Her work, characterized by bold, gestural strokes coupled with vivid pools of color, serves as a visual articulation of the transient moments of still awareness observed between thoughts during mindfulness meditation. Hill's work is an expression of her belief that cultivating awareness and acceptance of our endless array of thoughts can foster a deeper connection to the underlying stillness of the space between these thoughts and through this, a deeper, more compassionate connection to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us.

What made you this way? , Acrylic + Charcoal on Canvas, Mounted on Wood

What made you this way?, Acrylic + Charcoal on Canvas, Mounted on Wood

Kelsey Copland Lane: @kelseycopela

Kelsey is a Richmond based artist & interior designer hailing from Alabama and rural Virginia. She received a degree in Interior Design from New York School of Interior Design, and channels her interest in form, texture, and color study into her abstract paintings. Her work is expressive and gestural, and explores the dichotomy of impulsivity and intention. Kelsey uses acrylic paint, charcoal, & spray paint on canvas, and mounts the free form pieces on hand cut wood panels.


 Courtney Allison Brown: @emotionalplanes

Courtney Allison Brown is a data visualization artist, focusing on mental health, wellness, and healing, based in Richmond, VA. Her primary work to date is a series titled “Emotional Planes”, which explores the different emotional planes (levels) the human condition exists within.

Courtney has tracked and collected the data output from cognitive behavioral therapy techniques over the last 20+ years. Emotions, depression highs and lows, stress levels, and anxiety triggers are used to create art, to be used not only for self healing, but also to encourage and enable viewers to leave with more empathy for the human condition than they had prior to being exposed to this body of work.

Intensity, color, peaks + valleys are intended to enlighten people to visual interpretations of what mental illness feels like.

Each piece is created by taking a specific timeframe within the data that’s been documented - a small piece is usually a day, where as a larger piece could be a month's time. Courtney digitally synthesizes the data, and then draws them onto the canvas.

Once the “high and low” mood lines are plotted, charcoal and pastel are used to add to and then smudge the initial line with black, gray, and white - the smudges correspond with the intensity of the mood - the darker and heavier the blacking, the darker the mood.

Next comes color layers - on top of the general mood are smudges indicating depression (generally blue-ish colors), anxiety (purples), happiness (yellows and greens), or anger (reds and oranges). There may be additional color enhancements or textures based on any specific moments or interactions that may have had in that time that affected or contributed to the overall mental state.