The Pre-Vinylette Society at Chicago Art Department
Sept 8th – Sept 28th, 2017
Closing Sept 28, 6-9pm


The Pre-Vinylette Society: An International Showcase of Women Sign Painters

Chicago Art Department and the Pre-Vinylite Society presented a group art show celebrating the work of more than 60 women sign painters from 9 countries around the world! I was invited to represent Norway in this this show, and to design and paint one of the murals on the billboards outside Chicago Art Department.

This is the first sign painting exhibition to feature women only. It displayed the talent of an international array of female sign painters with a wide range of experience and skill. With the current political climate in the United States and beyond, this exhibition offered a vital feminist statement that pushes back against the common belief that the field of sign painting, like many skilled trades, is the domain of men alone.

The Pre-Vinylette Society’s International Showcase of Women Sign Painters featured text-based works in enamel and gold leaf on wood, metal, or glass. It also included a companion catalogue featuring short interviews with each of the artists. In the week leading up the exhibition, we were a group of more than 20 international women sign painters that designed and painted 3 murals on the exterior walls of the gallery.
We also hosted a panel discussion/audience Q&A with the curators and select artists on September 9th at the gallery.

The name of our show—the Pre-Vinylette Society—is a tongue-in-cheek re-appropriation of the grammatical “ette” suffix, which typically denotes a female or smaller version of a male or more substantial (read: better) thing. As language is at the forefront of sign making, this show allows for more female voices to be heard than most historical and even recent surveys of the trade have acknowledged. By reappropriating the “ette” formation, the women of the Pre-Vinylite Society are asserting their rightful place in the long tradition of sign painting and the lettering arts.

Curated by Meredith Kasabian of Best Dressed Signs and Shelby Rodeffer of Finer Signs

This exhibition was sponsored in part by Better Letters, Right Way Signs, W&B Gold Leaf, and Colossal Media. The murals are sponsored in part by Mack Brush Co.

Link to a review from Hyperallergic here

The Pre-Vinylette Society at Chicago Art Department
Sept 8th – Sept 28th, 2017
Closing Sept 28, 6-9pm


The Pre-Vinylette Society: An International Showcase of Women Sign Painters

Chicago Art Department and the Pre-Vinylite Society presented a group art show celebrating the work of more than 60 women sign painters from 9 countries around the world! I was invited to represent Norway in this this show, and to design and paint one of the murals on the billboards outside Chicago Art Department.

This is the first sign painting exhibition to feature women only. It displayed the talent of an international array of female sign painters with a wide range of experience and skill. With the current political climate in the United States and beyond, this exhibition offered a vital feminist statement that pushes back against the common belief that the field of sign painting, like many skilled trades, is the domain of men alone.

The Pre-Vinylette Society’s International Showcase of Women Sign Painters featured text-based works in enamel and gold leaf on wood, metal, or glass. It also included a companion catalogue featuring short interviews with each of the artists. In the week leading up the exhibition, we were a group of more than 20 international women sign painters that designed and painted 3 murals on the exterior walls of the gallery.
We also hosted a panel discussion/audience Q&A with the curators and select artists on September 9th at the gallery.

The name of our show—the Pre-Vinylette Society—is a tongue-in-cheek re-appropriation of the grammatical “ette” suffix, which typically denotes a female or smaller version of a male or more substantial (read: better) thing. As language is at the forefront of sign making, this show allows for more female voices to be heard than most historical and even recent surveys of the trade have acknowledged. By reappropriating the “ette” formation, the women of the Pre-Vinylite Society are asserting their rightful place in the long tradition of sign painting and the lettering arts.

Curated by Meredith Kasabian of Best Dressed Signs and Shelby Rodeffer of Finer Signs

This exhibition was sponsored in part by Better Letters, Right Way Signs, W&B Gold Leaf, and Colossal Media. The murals are sponsored in part by Mack Brush Co.

Link to a review from Hyperallergic here