Cancelled: Women Who Inspire

22mar12:00 pm4:00 pmCancelled: Women Who Inspire

Event Details

In response to COVID-19, the Allentown Art Museum will be closed to the public from March 14 to March 31, 2020. All programs and events during this time are cancelled. Read more here.


Immerse yourself in a weekend packed with community art making experiences.

Join us as we highlight inspiring women in the arts, both historically and current, and how female contributions in the art world have impacted society.


12-2:30PM: Community Art Making with Female Artists
Get creative with local artists Devyn Briggs, Katie Hovencamp, and Melissa Perhamus.

1:30-3PM: Screening of UNLADYLIKE2020 Shorts
At the core of UNLADYLIKE2020 are the rich biographies of 26 trailblazing American women who broke barriers in male-dominated fields at the turn of the 20th century, such as science, business, politics, journalism, sports, and the arts. Presenting history in a bold new way, we bring extraordinary stories of daring and persistence back to life through rare archival imagery, captivating original artwork and animation, and interviews with historians, descendants, and accomplished women of today who reflect upon the influence of these pioneers.

2-2:45PM: Guided Tour of Evolution of the Spiritual
Explore works showing the evolution of the Madonna through art. In collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art through Art Bridges.

3-3:45PM: Panel Discussion with Female Artists
Hear from and meet with local artists Devyn Briggs, Katie Hovencamp, and Melissa Perhamus.


Devyn Briggs is an artist, educator, and fine art consultant raised in Bethlehem, PA. She studied drawing, painting, sculpture, fiber arts, and ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and earned a BFA in Ceramics in 2013. She went on to earn a master’s degree in the Business of Art and Design, gaining experience in creative entrepreneurship before returning to Bethlehem to work as a full-time artist. She maintains a studio and teaching space at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA and is actively engaged in the Bethlehem arts community, teaching in local schools as a visiting artist and collaborating with the community on a number of public art projects.

Learn more about Devyn Briggs.

Katie Hovencamp began her professional studies at the Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA and received her BFA from Arizona State University in 2009 and her MFA from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014. Hovencamp has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions within the United States, The United Kingdom, and Latvia. Her work has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, Chicago Reader, and several online and print publications. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Student Achievement Award for Contemporary Sculpture in 2014 and the University Graduate Fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University in 2012. Hovencamp has participated in residency programs at Vermont Studio Center, Serde Interdisciplinary artist group in Latvia, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. In 2016, she was awarded an artist residency with International Sculpture Center at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ. She has taught at various institutions such as the Edna Vihel Center for the Arts, Totts Gap Art Institute, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Area Community College, and most recently Keystone College.

Learn more about Katie Hovencamp.

Melissa Perhamus is an award-winning freelance artist with a private studio currently in the Lehigh Valley, PA who creates mostly semi-surrealistic landscape paintings, drawings and mixed media fine art which explores our connection between nature and emotional memories. She exhibits consistently in solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Her creative and curious nature keeps her exploring new techniques based off her training in the traditional foundations of art of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. She has also created sets for theater. Devoted to promoting the value of the arts as demonstrated by teaching both adults and children through classes, by volunteering through school and children’s programs, and charitable donations of personal artworks.

Learn more about Melissa Perhamus.



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