A new exhibit, "Disenfranchised: Hysterics of the 1940s," will give the public a glimpse of women marginalized by societal conventions in the first half of the 20th century.

The show of artworks by Su Tamsett opens at the New Canaan Library on Friday and runs through Dec. 14. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The exhibit features "striking drawings," the library said in a news release, and focuses on marginalization, depicted through the images of women whose stories had been systemically misrepresented.

Tamsett's boxed "portraits" represent women who were institutionalized in a mental institution during the 1940s, identified as "hysterical" -- a diagnosis that was applied randomly and abandoned officially in 1952. Because Tamsett's research brought her to the conclusion that these women were representative of many women, the actual pictures are based on photographic portraits of the artist's family members taken during the same period of time.

Tamsett grew up in South Carolina, studied art history at the University of Georgia, and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with an architecture degree. She also worked as an architect at firms in Boston and Greenwich.

For additional information, contact Susan LaPerla at 203-594-5007 or visit www.newcanaanlibrary.org.