Introducing the new Artlines! Click here to read the latest edition: nationalwca.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/ARTLINESWinter2021-single.pdf
The WCA Art Writers Committee was formed in June of 2020 by Past President Margo Hobbs 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. Credit is also due to former WCA President Susan King for starting the process to refocus Artlines into an arts journal during her term.
The Winter 2021 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. That call will come out later this spring in our newsletter, Pulse.
Our winter issue is digital due to budget constraints. Our next issue will offered in a print as well as digital and will be landing in your mailbox later this summer.
I hope you enjoy our new Artlines magazine!
Artlines cover image: “Nakiya” by Maundy Mitchell ... See MoreSee Less
WCA’s March Artist Feature of the Month is Bonnie MacAllister, A member of the Women's Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter and Women's Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, DC!
Image (L to R): “Aurora Borealis” & “In the Midst”
The muscle memory of sewing is guided by recollections, stringing the grit and tooth of obstacles, the furrows of seams and seeming, of life stories fought out, patched out before paint would dry, better rather knit, pounded out in coarse intermingling of fibers, torn out and restitched, a forgiving medium where every loop can be redone and undone, tacked and basted anew.
My portraits on handmade felt are crafted through embroidery, created from that original figure drawing, transforming it into needlepoint, a quilt of pores, threaded with twenty or more colors, bounded and knotted with each physical perforation, a performative puncture onto the self-healing felt.
After learning to spin and weave as part of my Fulbright Hays to Ethiopia, I became determined to continue my story through textiles. My studio is filled with vats of organic dyes and experiments including turmeric, quebracho rojo, indigo, and Himalayan rhubarb. I produce my own yarns and threads on a spinning wheel, and I create a palate from kitchen and garden items that can be used to produce color on fabric and other textiles. I embroider and felt portraits on these fabrics.
You can see MacAllister’s artwork on the WCA homepage at nationalwca.org and on her website at www.bonniemacallister.weebly.com ... See MoreSee Less
WCA Members only: Call for Submissions to the LTA Database
Deadline: March 15, 2021
Act now to add your favorite woman artist, art historian, collector, academic, gallerist, or curator to the WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards (LTA) Database. The information you provide is used by the Honors Selections Committee (Amalia Mesa-Bains, Catherine Morris, Howardena Pindell, Melissa Potter, and Ruth Weisberg) to select the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Awardees. Add as much information as you can. The deadline is March 15, 2021 but you can add your choices any other time during the year as well—this is an ongoing project.
1. To add your nominees to the database or add more information for an existing nominee, go to the MEMBERS ONLY section of the MEMBERSHIP and select LTA DATABASE and log in as a member.
2. Click the drop down menu under MY MEMBERSHIP and select LTA Database
3. Click FIND to see if your nominee is already in the database. To add more information for an existing nominee, click NEW ENTRY/UPDATE. Check the UPDATE box. Type the full name of the nominee, then add your update. Remember, even anecdotal information helps the Honors Committee with their decisions.
4. To add a nominee, click NEW ENTRY/UPDATE. Check the NEW ENTRY BOX. Fill out the form with as much information as you can.
5. When done, click SUBMIT. Your entry will be pending until it has been reviewed by the Honors Chair for accuracy. After review, your entry will go "live" for others to view and possibly add their own updates. Campaign for your favorites! Add your information! ... See MoreSee Less
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