The Masur Museum of Art Presents: Angela Fraleigh: With Ready Eyes

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 11:30am

The Masur Museum of Art Presents:

Angela Fraleigh: With Ready Eyes 

Exhibition on view May 23 – August 3, 2024 

Public Reception: 

Thursday, July 18 

5:30 – 7:30 pm 

Artist’s Talk: 6:30 pm 

FREE and open to the public 

Masur Museum of Art 

1400 South Grand Street 

Monroe, LA 71202 


About the Exhibition: 

Angela Fraleigh’s paintings explore the rich history of academic and avant-garde art, focusing on themes of gender, sexuality, femininity, and power dynamics. Her work intertwines realism and abstraction to create lush, complex pieces ranging from intimate portraits to monumental figure paintings that reimagine women’s roles in art history, literature, and contemporary media. 

Fraleigh’s work challenges viewers to reconsider the passive roles of female characters in art history. “What if the female characters we’ve come to know from art history – the lounging odalisques, the chorus that whispers in the background – present more than a voyeuristic visual feast? What if these characters embody a flickering of female power at work? Can we see these passive characters as subversive and powerful? And if we do, how might if affect women today and of the future?” – Angela Fraleigh 


About the Artist: 

Born in 1976 in Beaufort, SC, Fraleigh earned her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from Boston University. Her solo exhibitions have appeared in Hirschl & Adler Modern, PPOW Gallery in New York, Inman Gallery in Houston, Peters Projects in Santa Fe, and James Harris Gallery in Seattle. She has also created site-specific projects for the Edwards Hopper House Museum, the Vanderbilt Mansion Museum, and the Everson Museum of Art, among others. Fraleigh currently lives and works in New York, NY, and Allentown, PA, where she is a Professor at Moravian University.


The Masur Museum of Art is the largest collecting and exhibiting institution of modern and contemporary art in Northeast Louisiana. We are dedicated to bringing dynamic public programming to our community that emphasizes artists from Louisiana, the Southeast, and around the world. The Masur Museum of Art is a division of the City of Monroe’s Department of Community Affairs. Exhibitions and educational programs are funded by the Twin City Art Foundation. The Masur Museum’s mission is to provide a quality visual arts experience through temporary exhibitions, educational programs, and collections management for the citizens of Monroe and the community of Northeast Louisiana.



Media Contacts: Evelyn Stewart, Director 


Angela Fraleigh, Our world swells like dawn, when the sun licks the water, 2019, Oil and acrylic on canvas, triptych 

Angela Fraleigh, Study for With ready eyes, 2020, Watercolor on Yupo paper