Artist Ria Brodell's Butch Heroes, video by WBUR's Robin Lubbock


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Boston Artist Ria Brodell Finds 'Butch Heroes' Buried in the History Books

“We as queer people have existed throughout time,” says Ria Brodell, who has drawn inspiration from queer people throughout history for a series of paintings

By Greg Cook
March 21, 2017



Butch Heroes: Paintings by Ria Brodell

Limited edition of 300
signed and numbered

Printed and bound by Edition One Books
9 x 6.5 inches, softbound with gold foil embossing 75 pages, 25 images




Butch Heroes at Gallery Kayafas

March 3 2017- April 8 2017

Opening Reception March 3rd 5:30-8pm
Closing Reception April 7th 5:30-8pm

Book Signing and Special Gallery Conversation:

March 18th at 3pm

with Hunter O'Hanian, Executive Director of the College Art Association, Ria Brodell & Caleb Cole



MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas present: Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects

Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington
Faye G. Allen Center for the Arts
15th Ave. NE & NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98195

This is the second iteration of Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects, an ongoing series of exhibitions organized by Chris E. Vargas, executive director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art. 99 Objects gathers archival materials and works by contemporary artists that narrate the history of transgender communities. The presentation at the Henry focuses on lives and experiences specific to Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest

August 13, 2016- June 4, 2017


The Guardian

The Transgender Body in Art: finding visibility 'in difficult times like these'
By Sabine Heinlein
November 18, 2016


Strange Fire Collective

Interview with Jess T. Dugan about the the Butch Heroes project: the beginning, the process and what's next.

July 21, 2016


Ria Brodell: The Handsome &
The Holy

Mayor’s Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201

The Mayor's Gallery exhibits work by Boston artists who have received recognition for their artwork through grants, awards and other types of public display.

May 16- June 30, 2016


San Francisco Examiner

The Butch Heroes painting of Jean Bonnet featured in an article about Bonnet's life by Paul Drexler.

April 24, 2016


2014 Boston Artadia Awardees

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

DeCordova is pleased to host an exhibition of work by the 2014 Boston Artadia Awardees:  Larissa Bates, Ria Brodell, and Lucy Kim.

June 11- June 22, 2015


Art News

Artadia Names 2014 Boston Artis Grantees
November 25, 2014