Making Space: Beyond a Room at Broward College

November 20, 2014 - January 21, 2015

Curated by Jeanie Ambrosio, Sofia Bastidas and Sarah Michelle Rupert

Making Space: Beyond a Room is a multi-media exhibition that builds upon the discussion of women's creative practice and access presented in Virginia Woolf’s 1929 feminist essay “A Room of One’s Own.” Speaking frankly on historic gender adversity, Woolf discusses the difficulty in creating a suitable climate for creative thought. She writes of a need for artists to have not only economic means to support themselves, but access to a private, controllable space – a room of one’s own.

Making Space examines the current status of creative space for female artists today. How this space is constructed and defended by both male and female today. The works in the exhibition incorporate solutions that are abstracted, actual, invented and psychological, demonstrating the myriad ways that artists make space and the diversity ultimately produced by them.

The exhibition invites the public to question how we define a room today. Must one have a room to one’s self for creative production to flow freely and uninhibitedly? Can a room exist in the mind, in virtual or cyber-space or must it be contained by four brick and mortar walls with a locking door?

Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery
at Broward College Central Campus, Building 6
3501 SW Davie Road, Davie, FL 33314
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Curated from the private collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, Making Space features contemporary work from internationally and nationally renowned artists as well as prominent local artists: Rosemarie Chiarlone, Teresa Diehl, Scott Daniel Ellison ,Tracey Emin, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Kate Gilmore, Sarah Jones, Mel Kadel, Klara Kristalova, Rania Matar, Lee Materazzi, Julie Mehretu, Abelardo Morell, Ania Moussawel, Peggy Levison Nolan, Sandra Scolnik, Mickalene Thomas, Amy Wilson and Su-en Wong.


Designed by Jill Weisberg of Schrift & Farbe, Making Space: Beyond the Room catalog includes reproduction of works on exhibit, a foreword by Sarah Michelle Rupert, essays from Jeanie Ambrosio and Professor of Art History, and Faculty Associate in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University Karen Leader, an interview with artists Scott Daniel Ellison and Lee Materazzi by Sofia Bastidas, and a correspondence between Jeanie Ambrosio and Associate Professor/Chair of Department of English at Florida Atlantic University and noted Virginia Woolf scholar Eric Berlatsky.

The catalog is printed and bound locally in Broward County in a limited edition of 250 copies. Published by Broward College, in collaboration with Girls' Club.


In the Press

Making space for women in art

Miami Herald
Article by Aaleeyah Pringle
December 29, 2014

When Peggy Levison Nolan began taking photographs of her children, she didn’t consider herself an artist.

“I raised seven children and didn’t really classify myself as an artist for a really long time,” said Nolan, mother of seven. “It wasn’t until I got some attention in the art world and began to wonder why people wanted to have my work on their walls that I began to consider it.” ...


Making Space: Beyond a Room
Article by Bridget Sweet
January 30, 2015

Premiering at the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "Making Space: Beyond a Room" toys with the relationship between women and the space they inhabit. The exhibition draws inspiration from Virginia Woolf's classic feminist essay, "A Room of One's Own," and runs with what that means today, to the artists and to the women they encounter...


Events + Programs


Nov20Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6pm
Panel Discussion: Making Space for Creative Production

How do artists create and find spaces conducive to creative production? Virginia Woolf, in her 1929 essay “A Room of One’s Own,” asserted that there are two vital elements for creative production: money and a room of one’s own. How important are these assets today? Is an actual space even required, or do virtual or mental spaces suffice? Moderated by Jeanie Ambrosio. Panelists include Eric Berlatsky, Ania Moussawel, Peggy Levison Nolan and Sarah Michelle Rupert.


Jan21Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 6-7:30pm
Closing and Live Reading: Poems and Short Stories

Organized by co-curator Sofia Bastidas, Girls’ Club is hosting an open call for poets and writers inspired by the themes and topics explored in Making Space.  Selected writings will be published to the Girls’ Club blog,, and authors invited to partake in a Live Poetry Reading during the closing event, Wednesday, January, 21, 6pm at Broward College. More information about the open call including deadline, response time and submission guidelines at


About Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery
Since 1965, Broward College Central Campus Fine Arts Gallery has exhibited art works from over 150 regional, national and international artists such as Carl Andre, Hernan Bas, Judy Chicago, Angi Curreri, Yuri Dojc, Duane Hanson, Kenneth Huff, Nam June Paik, Pilar Tobin and Pablo Picasso. In 2012, Broward College opened the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, located in the state-of-the-art Visual & Performing Arts Building. The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is a non-profit institution serving BC student, faculty and the greater south Florida arts community.