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SMUD Art Gallery

SMUD Gallery
Located at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Customer Service Center
6301 S Street (at 65th Street), Sacramento, CA 95817
Hours:  Monday-Friday 8am-6pm

The SMUD Art Gallery is a partnership between the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission with additional funding from the City and County of Sacramento.


Matrix Revisited: an exhibition of the Sacramento women's artist group of the 1970s - 1990s

July 14 - September 11, 2017


The artist receptions are held at the gallery location and are free to the public.

There is no reception scheduled for this exhibition, at this time. 


This exhibition showcases the artwork of thirteen members of the Matrix women’s artist group. Photographer Hui-Chun Chung was the impetus for the exhibit, having photographed and interviewed Matrix artists for a photography project at Sacramento City College. While this exhibition features 2-dimensional work, there will be a concurrent exhibition of mostly 3-dimensional work at the Kondos Gallery at Sacramento City College from July 6 to July 30, 2017. A variety of media are featured, including ceramic, mixed media, hand-made paper, watercolor, and printmaking, by the following Matrix artists: Mimi Fogg; Suzan Goodban; Libby Harmor; Pam Hunter Johnson; Dixie Laws; Carrie Markel; Barbara Milman; Kathleen Plummer; Martha Renault; Karen Roughton; Julia Stagg; Sheri J. Tatsch; and, Debra Williams. 

Matrix started in 1977 as a small, fluctuating group of Sacramento area women artists who began meeting in members’ homes for mutual support, professional development and networking.  At the time there were few Sacramento galleries that featured women’s art. Feminism was taking hold in the country, and Matrix was a local expression of it for the Sacramento women artists of that time. By 1978 the group had rented a space at the Sierra 2 center and became legally incorporated as a nonprofit with the name Matrix Workshop of Women Artists. From 1981-1987 Matrix hosted classes, workshops, lectures, a sculpture garden, a figure studio and a variety of group, themed and juried shows. By March 2002 their name changed to MatrixArts. 

Matrix fulfilled an important function as a place where women could make their own decisions about what art they wanted to make, and have control over the space where they showed it.  In addition to encouragement and networking, members found employment and exhibition opportunities in the arts. Through its many activities over a 25 year existence, Matrix served as a vital cultural stimulus for the local arts community and the city of Sacramento. 

Artworks by (L-R) Julia Stagg, Barbara Milman, and Dixie Laws for Matrix Revisted, an exhibition at SMUD gallery, July 14 - Sept. 11, 2017.

Left to Right: Out of Time, Julia Stagg; Propagules, Barbara Milman; Windows with Fig 3, Dixie Laws.