Celebration! A History of the Visual Arts in Boulder (HOVAB)

HOVAB is revisiting Boulder's lively visual art past, beginning in the late 19th century and continuing to the present. Exhibitions will take place in 17 galleries city-wide from September 29 through January 15, 2017.

Redman's art was selected to be in three HOVAB curated exhibitions:

Acknowledging her feminist leadership: Artist Aflame, 1982

HOVAB @ The Dairy Arts Center: Front Range Women in the Visual Arts Founders

Exhibit: Sept 29-Nov.27

Reception: Oct. 7 FR Founder's informal artist talks 5-6pm, reception 6-7pm

Artist Aflame, Oil, 48" x34", 1982

Kenny: Freeform DJ, Oil, 86"x55", 1973

Reflective of her historic Boulder portraits:

Kenny: Free Form DJ, 1973

Paul: Homage to Morocco, 1992

HOVAB @ First Congregational Church Gallery, Sumptuous Spirits/Sumptuous Locals

Exhibit: September 29-Nov. 28, 2016

Reception: Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m.

Featuring one of Helen's revolutionary

pregnant self portraits:

Bearing, 1964

HOVAB @ Canyon Gallery: A Lasting Legacy Boulder Public Library

Exhibit: October 15 to December 10, 2016

Opening Event: Sunday, October 23, 2016, 1-3 PM

Recent Exhibits:

Helen Redman: Through a Mother's Eye

Women's Museum of California

Exhibition: April 23 — May 31, 2015

Member's Opening Reception: Apr 23 At 6 pm

Public Reception, Friday Night Liberty, May 1, 5-9pm


If you want to purchase any artwork, or a catalog, please email Helen to inquire at redcrone123@gmail.com.

7 x 10" 60 pages, 85 full color reproductions


Helen Redman: The Other Side of Birth

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery

Exhibition: March, 10 — April 14, 2015

For the first time, Helen Redman presents six decades of art devoted to the "lifelines" of her children and grandchildren. Through boldly colorful portraits, we witness each child grow and transform as Redman documents their pastimes, passions, and identities.

These lushly executed paintings, drawings, and mixed media works are striking family portraits and intimate explorations of Redman's pregnancies and the resulting bonds between a mother and her children. This was a unique opportunity to present an honest and unapologetic view of motherhood, with the satisfaction that comes from seeing a tiny being grow into the world, but also with the excruciating pain of seeing a young life cut too short. --Alessandra Moctezuma, Curator and Museum Studies Director, San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery



The Transit of Venus: Four Decades, Front Range Women in the Visual Arts

Redline Gallery, Denver Colorado. January 10-February 23, 2014. Opening Reception January 10, 7-9 pm

Named for the Colorado region in which they lived and work, Front Range Women in the Visual Arts was founded in 1974 by a group of artists and graduate students at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU), at a turning point in the history of women in the arts when female artists began seeking greater visibility and validation among the mainstream art world.


Through the Eyes of the Mother

Korean Cultural Center of Chicago February 8-15, 2014 during the WCA and College Art Association conferences. Curated by the WCA's Activists Award recipient Hye-SeongTak Lee, the exhibition features Korean and U.S. women artists exploring the context of motherhood.

Drawn from the Body

Mandell Weiss Gallery, Dance Place San Diego. NTC at Liberty Station, Sept. 7- Dec. 1, 2012. Helen Redman pushes the inner and outer edges of body experience through figurative art. Inspired by the activities at Dance Place, and her own 35 year practice of yoga, this show brings together a range of art that echoes the spirit of meditation and the physical joy of movement.

The 14th International Biennial Festival of Drawings and Graphics
Galerija Portreta in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date: September 17 - November 2, 2011

(Dis)covering The Veil: Visible & Invisible Spaces is an international revisioning of veiling, curated by Jennifer Heath, that includes art from Helen Redman's 1971-72 Moroccan Woman series. Cyrus Running Art Gallery, Concordia College-Moorhead, Minnesota, Aug. 28 to Sept. 25, 2011.

Tensions in the Journey: From Child to Crone

Women's Museum of California San Diego, California Nov.6 -Dec 5, 2009

Tensions in the Journey explores women's bodies and identities across the life span. This sampling of Redman's figure painting, drawing and mixed media is culled from five decades of art making (from the early 1960's to the present). This exhibit embodies the personal and transformational nature of our humanity as Redman scrutinizes subject and self, emotion and cognition in ways that are both real and fanciful.

Click here for an essay on the show by Professor Kathleen B. Jones, Ph.D.

Previous Exhibits:

Aging with Attitude, University of Michigan.

Inside Outside the Ecstatic Body, Pennsylvania State University.

Aging Into Full Creativity : Woman Made Gallery, Chicago.

Helen Redman is currently circulating two exhibitions:



Exhibitions are curated to the space and interests of the sponsoring institution, and may also be accompanied by a lecture and/or workshop by the artist.

For additional information please

Contact: redcrone@aol.com

BIRTHING THE CRONE: AGING INTO FULL CREATIVITY is a selection of work from a large body of art on aging that began in 1992 and continues today. It can be arranged in thematic sections leading the viewer through a rite of passage from menopause to elderhood. Redman investigates old age with stark, earthy, and sometimes-humorous portraits of herself and other aging women. As she visibly wrestles with how to accept the uneasy ambiguity and "mortal coil" of life itself, new forms burst into being. Human hands, the essential tool Redman relies on as an artist, are perpetually woven into the mix. Often layered over time, the art is dynamically re-conceptualized in each new context. This website is designed to echo the thematic possibilites for exhibition.

This traveling exhibit of paintings, drawings and writings by internationally exhibited artist Helen Redman has been shown at the University of San Francisco, the New York Open Center, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, the University of California San Marcos, the University of San Diego, and the Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary's College of California.

Birthing the Crone: Aging into Full Creativity encourages community collaboration and study, fosters interdisciplinary attention to healthcare, women's studies, sociology, psychology, gerontology and the healing arts.

THE BEAUTY OF OLD an oxymoron in today’s world, began as Helen Redman’s attempt to widen the lens through which women’s aging was viewed. As she observes, appreciates and depicts real old women, she finds mentors for creative aging.

Using conte crayon, prismacolor, and graphite on colored and painted papers, The Beauty of Old returns Redman to her beginnings in life drawing. Boldly inviting her subjects to choose colors, symbols, and even write words or poems onto their portraits, the artist fosters possibilities for collaborative creation. While each portrait stands alone as a unique character study, when mounted as an installation the viewer feels surrounded by a community of elders (average life-sized portrait is 30" x 20" interspersed with larger and smaller mixed media pieces).

The Beauty of Old breaks the chain that links youth and sexual ripeness to beauty. In a society mortified by aging, Helen Redman's portraits pulls us into conversation with a stunning, diverse and colorful array of old women.

Now an ongoing traveling exhibition, The Beauty of Old (1995-present) honors the rich complexity of mature life forms and now includes mixed media pieces from Sole to Soul, Self-Portraits and Hands galleries. The Beauty of Old can be displayed as part of a group show or a solo exhibit.

Helen Redman accompanies her exhibitions giving lectures and/or workshops when funding and institutional sponsorship are in place.

For additional information please contact Helen Redman.

Redman often displays her artwork in units of 12, 20 or 30 linear feet, as in this narrative installation "From Generation to Generation" at the JCC Gotthelf Gallery, San Diego, 2005.