Coral Woodbury: The Question Is

Exhibition Dates: February 17 – March 10, 2022

Reception Date: February 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM


The Hamilton Gallery and Department of Art and Art History are pleased to host Coral Woodbury: The Question Is, an exhibition of paintings and mixed media works that critically reinterpret Western artistic heritage from a feminist perspective.


Who knows what goes through an artist’s mind?  Perhaps what matters more is what goes through your own, and what you experience, when viewing art.  The artist, after all, has left the room.  But art speaks.  What do you hear?  This show is a playful invitation to dialogue with art in a way seldom encountered.  Woodbury approaches this show as a teaching exhibition, befitting a university setting.  Organizing it around works from diverse series, studies, and explorations, it is a peek into artistic practice that usually remains behind studio doors.  This body of work encompasses internationally exhibited projects as well as unresolved compositions and queries, what you might call “B sides.”  Accompanying questions provoke engagement and discussion, and invoke a little mystery.


Coral Woodbury has participated in numerous residencies, including in Italy with rosenclaire, with whom she has worked for nearly 30 years.  In 2020 she was a finalist for the international Mother Art Prize, culminating in the Procreate Project exhibition at Cromwell Place in London.  Last year, in addition to two solo shows, she participated in Call and Response at Newport Art Museum. In 2018 she took part in Humanities Approaches to the Opioid Crisis at Boston University; in the International Traveling Art exhibition at Taragaon Museum, Nepal; and in the #00Bienal de la Habana, Cuba.  She is represented by Abigail Ogilvy in Boston, and HackelBury Fine Art in London, where her show Palimpsest is currently on view, and for which she gave a talk with renowned feminist art historian, Griselda Pollock, at the University of Cambridge’s New Hall Art Collection.  All while raising three children.


Coral Woodbury: The Question Is will remain open from February 17 – March 10, 2022.  On Thursday, February 17 the campus community is invited to attend a gallery reception for the artist.  This reception will run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Hamilton Gallery.


The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is located in the Antone Academic Center on the campus of Salve Regina University.  It is handicap accessible with parking along Lawrence and Leroy Avenues.  Its exhibits are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4:00 p.m.  The gallery is closed on Mondays.  We invite you to visit us.

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