GreenHill Exhibition Features Five Women Abstract NC Artists

NC Women Abstract Painters, now on display at the GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, features five women who are abstract artists living in N.C. It is the first exhibition in 30 years to focus uniquely on women artists.

Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art is supported by the North Carolina’s Arts Council’s State Arts Resources program for the high quality of its arts programming. Other visual arts happenings supported by the N.C. Arts Council are listed below.

The exhibition features 80 works, from large-scale paintings to small studies, created by Eleanor Annand (Penland); Barbara Ellis (Concord); Celia Johnson (Chapel Hill); Katy Mixon (Chapel Hill and Davidson), and Felicia Van Bork (Davidson).

The exhibition was organized during Women’s History Month with a focus on gender equity in the arts.

“NC Women Abstract Painters offers fresh opportunities to elevate the vital contributions of women artists in our state,” Barbara Richter, Green Hill’s executive director, said. “We’re seeking larger conversations around gender equity in the arts through the works of these outstanding women painters and programming.”

GreenHill will host a lecture with Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, based in Washington, DC, on Thursday, March 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Sterling has built her career and the stature of the museum around equity for women through excellence in the arts. 

Additionally, artist talks are scheduled on Wednesday, March 18 with Eleanor Annand and Barbara Ellis, and on Wednesday, March 25, with Felicia van Bork and Celia Johnson. Greenhill will feature a Friday walk-through tour with artist Katy Mixon on April 3. Valerie Hillings, the executive director of the North Carolina Museum of Art, will also present a lecture on April 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Artist Eleanor Annand presents wall reliefs covered with milk paint as well as paintings on metal. Artist Celia Johnson presents dynamic paintings on panels using wax-based encaustic, as well as new prints. Barbara Ellis presents new oil paintings exploring her emotional connection she experiences between gesture and the canvas. Felicia Van Bork displays her paintings and collages based on monotype prints, in which a single paper impression is pulled from a painting on glass. Van Bork’s newest series of large oil paintings and color studies will also be on view. Katy Mixon includes works created from used muslin hand rags stained with paint, as well as works on panels.

Edie Carpenter, of GreenHill, curated the exhibition.

The gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibition, visit

A highlight of exhibitions by museums supported by the N.C. Arts Council
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville
A Telling Instinct: John James Audubon & Contemporary Art
Through May 4, 2020
Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville
The Computer Pays its Debt Women, Textiles and Technology, 1965-1985
Open March 13
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte
Welcome to Brookhill
Through April 12, 2020
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory
JUAN LOGAN | Creating & Collecting
Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington
Unfolding Noguchi
Through May 24, 2020
McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte
Through May 2, 2020
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte
Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries
Through August 30
Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee
Story of the Cherokees: 13,000 Years
North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove
NC Wood-Fired: Then & Now
Through June 20
About the North Carolina Arts Council
The N.C. Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to artmaking. The Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.