I have always been inspired by the written word. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I had little access to the visual arts. However, as an avid reader and a roamer of the fields and woods around my house, I lived an imaginative life.
Times of Trouble: Sky is Falling is the first piece in a new series begun in the spring of 2020. In those early months of Covid19, the whole world was in chaos. Words from a childhood book, Chicken Little, kept running through my mind: the sky is falling, the sky is falling. This phrase, repeated throughout the book, terrified me as a child. I identified with Henny Penny and her nervousness about being in a world where disaster was imminent. I bought this classic—still in print—in March as I could not recall the ending. I then remembered why I had been so afraid: it did not end well for Henny Penny.
Times of Trouble: Sky is Falling
3” x 3” encaustic, oil, ceramic letters on wood panel
Writer, professor, feminist theorist, and cultural critic, bell hooks has had a profound influence on my ideas and work for decades. The words on the piece Models for Study: bell hooks, were coined by hooks because she wanted “language that would actually remind us of the interlocking systems of domination that define our reality…” Race, class, gender remain institutional constructs that continue to benefit white people.
Text has been integral to my work since the 90’s. In the early pieces, word and image created a juxtaposition of ideas and materials that took place on old painted book covers. In the current pieces, words are the image and create meaning both with their form and their message.
Models for Study: bell hooks
4” x 4” encaustic, oil, ceramic letters on wood panel
Four years of political and social backsliding, the pandemic, the horrific murder of George Floyd, and the insurrection at the Capitol brought to light the cruel, violent, and unjust nature of what has been going on in our country. In Models for Study: Jenny Offill, Weather, beeswax from a local beekeeper holds together a clue to the transformation in conscious awareness needed for people to be motivated to change and take action.
As an advocate for the arts in public schools, I directed arts in education programs for an education agency for over 30 years. I also established an arts and education foundation to support the arts in schools and communities in the region. The foundation developed partnerships with state and local arts organizations including the PA Council on the Arts. Before moving to the Philadelphia area, I lived in western Pennsylvania.
I exhibited in local and national exhibits and was a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and 808 Penn Modern gallery.
Models for Study: Jenny Offill, Weather
4” x 4” beeswax, oil, ceramic letters on wood panel
CALLS FOR ART
Occupy the Moment, Intersect History with Impact
DEADLINE: September 30, 2021
Juror: Dr. Maura Reilly
In the last half century, the art historical canon has been uprooted and redefined. The canon was erected on categorized colonial narratives and invented racial rankings. The WCA has cast aside this “white male gaze” to define our own vision.
This National WCA 50th Anniversary exhibition is seeking artistic works that address this moment of 2022. Artists are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly, considering the multiple paths of how we arrived here and what we envision moving forward. We encourage art that explores the ways that our identities and expressions intersect with such factors as environment, culture, time, and location. Artwork can be in any approach and form, subjects may range from the historic precedents set by political activism, to personal transformation, social engagement and beyond.
EXTENDED DEADLINE JULY 15, 2021
WCA/NH MEMBERS’ OPEN EXHIBITION
Use the theme of a shoe or shoes as the primary focus of the artwork to symbolize the kick-starting of our lives and to show how to encourage people to step out of the restrictions imposed on everyone this past year.
How can we represent a “kick-start” in energizing the launching of a new stretch of happiness? Is it an athletic shoe that will thrust us forward? Is it a work shoe that will take us back to the office? Is it a high heel that will send us clicking on the dance floor or skipping at a party? How about a sandal that will allow the sand to tickle our toes on the beach? Show a flip flop shoe that will “flip” us into a special happy mood. Maybe it is slippers to guide us to a good night’s sleep. Stomp around in the rain in your old galoshes! Or finally find your “solemate.”
Put some spring into your step and use the “shoe” as a catalyst to launch us into new adventures. The exhibit will be a tribute to the resiliency of women and to the many ways women have found to re-boot their lives since the onset of the corona pandemic. So just put your best foot forward!.
Announcing the Women’s Caucus for Art Conference 2022
Occupy the Moment: Embracing Our History, Enhancing Our Impact
50th Anniversary of the Women’s Caucus for Art
Chicago, IL February 17 – 20, 2022
This conference celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Women’s Caucus for Art. Our theme celebrates our strengths and accomplishments and explores how we are moving forward to embrace new agendas and support emerging voices. The conference will include panels, workshops, a national member exhibition, the Lifetime Achievement Awards, and festive celebrations of this historic anniversary. Save the dates and plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there. A block of rooms will be reserved at The Hilton Hotel near the Art Institute.
Save the dates! Details to come!
Introducing the new Artlines!
The WCA Art Writers Committee was formed in June of 2020 as a way of enhancing the visibility of writers in the organization. The committee has been instrumental in the relaunch of Artlines as a substantive arts journal (with credit due former WCA President Susan King for starting the process).
The Winter 2020 issue, edited by Rosemary Meza-DesPlas and Shantay Robinson, features articles that consider the intersection of activist arts and social justice in relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement.
An elegant new design by Allicette Torres and Sahiti Bonam makes space for longer form writing and ample illustrations. The managing editorial team Margo Hobbs, Patti Jordan, and Jess Long are working on a call for participation for future issues. The call will come out later this spring in our newsletter, Pulse.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA
MEMBERSHIP & PROGRAMS
Become a Member
Join today if you want to become part of a vibrant community of women in the arts, as a Member-at-large (MAL), or as a member of one of our 21 chapters located throughout the United States.
Who is WCA?
Video by Washington DC Chapter Member, Kim Foley.
WCA Art Book Club
The WCA Art Book Club was formed in partnership with the WCA Colorado Chapter to foster understanding of women in the arts and their contributions. Books are chosen by members and discussed bi-monthly via Zoom. Join us!
2021 Upcoming Bookclub Dates: July 14, September 8, November 10 at 8 pm EST
Click here to see the book club selections and to register via WCA Colorado
MISSION & PURPOSE
The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create community through art,
education, and social activism
We are committed to:
- recognizing the contributions of women in the arts
- providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development
- expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women
- supporting local, national, and global art activism
- advocating for equity in the arts for all
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
WCA is a networking organization for women in the arts.
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