New York Chapter
Susan Schwalb is one of the foremost figures in the current silverpoint revival. Born in New York City in 1944 she studied at Carnegie-Mellon University and has had over 50 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums world-wide. Her work is represented in most major public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, and the British Museum, London.
Schwalb was one of only three living artists included in the historical metalpoint exhibition Drawing with Silver and Gold: From Leonardo to Jasper Johns at the National Gallery of Art, Washington which traveled to the British Museum in 2015.
24 x 24 x 2″
brown gesso on wood panel
Her book written along with a co-author Tom Mazzullo, Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing: A Complete Guide to the Medium, was published in 2019 by Routledge/Focal Press, UK. Currently her work is included in Line into Space, Museum of Fine Arts/Houston, Nancy and Rich Kinder Building on permanent display.
Most of the contemporary artists who draw with a metal stylus continue the tradition of Leonardo and Dürer by using the soft, delicate line for figurative imagery. By contrast, Schwalb’s work is resolutely abstract, and her handling of the technique is extremely innovative. Paper is torn and burned to provide an emotionally free and dramatic contrast to the precise linearity of silverpoint. In other works, silverpoint is combined with flat expanses of acrylic paint or gold leaf. Sometimes, subtle shifts of tone and color emerge from the juxtaposition of a wide variety of metals.
24 x 24 x 2″
carmine gesso on wood panel
In addition to her life as an artist she has also curated exhibitions, most recently, Reinventing Silverpoint: An Ancient Technique for the 21st Century, 2009 at the Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn and Connecticut College. Schwalb has written book reviews and features for such publications as Art New England, Artscope, adobeairstream.com and Berkshirefinearts.com
In 2015 her work was included in Drawing with Silver and Gold: From Leonardo to Jasper Johns, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC which travel to The British Museum, London. Schwalb was one of only three living artists included in the show. In 2018 a retrospective entitled A Luminous Line: Forty Years of Metalpoint Drawing by Susan Schwalb was exhibited at the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock. She is the co-author of Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing: A Complete Guide to the Medium, published in 2019 by Routledge/Focal Press, UK and US.
24 x 24 x 2″
silver/gold/aluminum/copperpoint, copper and aluminum metal pad,
navy blue gesso on wood panel
CURRENT PROGRAMS & EVENTS
SECOND SATURDAY SESSIONS in 2022
The Second Saturday Sessions are programs that were originally scheduled for the WCA National Conference in February 2022. The in-person conference was canceled but WCA has pivoted much of the programming to be offered for free to WCA members.
Registration is required to receive a link.
Past sessions that have been recorded can be viewed via the links provided here. If you have any questions, please contact Programming Chair Laura Morrison at laura.morrison@nationalwca.
Labor of Love
Zoom: Saturday, May 14 | 1–2:30 pm EST
The Alabama chapter members will present “Labor of Love”, a member exhibition and performance art installation, offering discussions of the hidden labor of women, our quality of life, and how to create the life you want even in an often hostile environment. The panel considers labor inequities at home and work, and calls for a redefinition of economics as a discipline dedicated to people’s well-being.
Panel Co-Chairs: Amanda Banks, Jessica Nunno
Panelists: Anna Sue Courtney, Sylvia Bowyer
WOMXNHOUSE DETROIT RESCHEDULED!
Sat June 11 | 3:30-5 pm Eastern / 12:30-2 pm Pacific
The Art of Being Female in America Today
A freewill donation requested to benefit WCA Programming
Echoing the landmark feminist art project Womanhouse, led by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro in 1972, a gathering of a diverse array of 15 Detroit artists used consciousness-raising and collaboration to elevate and celebrate contemporary female perspectives. Open from Sept 19 thru Oct 31 2021, Womxnhouse Detroit offered a unique benchmark 50 years into feminist art answering the questions, What has changed for women? What remains the same?
Co-Curator and WCA member Laura Earle will give a short presentation on Womxnhouse Detroit with an introduction to all 13 artists. The panel discussion that follows will be focused on the women of color who participated in the project.
Panelists Asia Hamilton, Olivia Guterson, Dalia Reyes, Amelia Reyes and Sabrina Nelson will talk about being part of a project that was absent of the voices of women of color and discuss how change can happen going forward.
More about Womxnhouse Detroit at https://www.womxnhousedet.com/
Occupy the Moment,
Intersect History with Impact
WCA National Exhibition
Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
January 21 – February 25, 2022
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!
2022 Schedule: All meetings take place via Zoom at 8 pm Eastern
May 11 – Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency by Olivia Laing
July 13 – Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama
September 14 – Florine Stettheimer: A Biography by Barbara Bloemink
Author Talk and Discussion with Barbara Bloemink
November 9 – Art On My Mind: Visual Politics by bell hooks
See the book club selections and register via WCA Colorado
Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Awards 2022
50th Anniversary of the Women’s Caucus for Art
Photo credit: Grace Roselli, Pandora’s BoxX Project Lynda Benglis, Cerrillos, New Mexico, 2021
Lorraine O’Grady, 2018. Photo by Ross Collab. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York.
The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2022 WCA Lifetime Achievement (LTA) Awards: Lynda Benglis, Beate Minkovski, Gladys Nilsson, Lorraine O’Grady, and Linda Vallejo. The recipient for the President’s Award for Art & Activism is Sabrina Nelson, and the new WCA Emerging Artist Award will be awarded to Ashley January.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Margo Hobbs, PhD is a feminist art historian and past WCA President (2018-20). Our interview is part of the WCA Leadership Project in honor of the organization’s fiftieth anniversary. In our conversation Dr. Hobbs shares her memories and experiences about her work and WCA.
MEMBERSHIP & PROGRAMS
Become a Member
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Who is WCA?
Video by Washington DC Chapter Member, Kim Foley.
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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