Summer Wheat: Heavy Lifting

On View December 14, 2019 – April 5, 2020


Artist Summer Wheat creates paintings that often signal the modernist figuration of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, but she shifts the art historical narrative that casts women as mere objects of sensual desire and transforms them into powerful warriors, healers, explorers and makers of their own world. Her work also derives visual information from the Native American communities that surround her hometown of Oklahoma City, and shows traces of prehistoric cave painting, Egyptian pictography and abstract expressionism. Employing a trademark technique that renders the surface of her paintings like that of a deftly woven textile, Wheat melds folk traditions, craft processes and fine art practices with subject matter that frequently centers around agrarian, bucolic scenes of labor and survival in nature, where women do the heavy lifting.

Exhibition sponsored by:

Jody & Peter Ashby Howard

Leslie & James Millar

Summer Wheat 

Heavy Lifting, 2018

acrylic on aluminium mesh

68 x 144 inches


715 West Main Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40202



Tuesday - Saturday 10a-6p

Sunday 10a-5p


Admission to KMAC is free thanks to a generous donation from

Brook and Pam Smith. KMAC is also supported in part by our members,

The Fund for the Arts, and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Our exhibitions are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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