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WCA ART BOOK CLUB
Host: Laura Morrison, WCA Programming Chair
The WCA Art Book Club was formed to foster understanding of women in the arts and their contributions. Books are chosen by WCA members and discussed bi-monthly via Zoom. Full schedule is coming soon!
No need to register! All current WCA Members will be sent a zoom link via email the week Art Book Club meets.
We are looking for co-hosts! If you enjoy leading book club discussions or would like to recommend a book, contact Laura Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Selection: Wed, March 8, 2023
8 pm Eastern / 7 Central / 6 Mountain / 5 Pacific
“This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection” by Jen Hewett
Weaving together interviews, first-person essays, and artist profiles, This Long Thread explores the work and contributions of people of color across the fiber arts and crafts community, representing a wide spectrum of race, age, region, cultural identity, education, and economic class. These conversations explore techniques and materials, belonging, identity, pride of place, cultural misappropriation, privilege, the value (or undervaluing) of craft, community support structures, recognition or exclusion, intergenerational dialogue, and much more.
Be inspired by the work and stories of innovative people of color who are making exceptional contributions to the world of craft. jenhewett.com
Second Saturday Sessions in 2023
We are excited to announce that we will be continuing our free Second Saturday Session programming for WCA members in 2023. Please mark your calendars!
Exclusive WCA member links will arrive in your inbox the week of each program. No registration is required unless otherwise indicated. All of the programs are free for WCA members and are a $200 value for your membership. All programs will be recorded and accessible to WCA members via the WCA membership portal.
Do you have friends who might be interested in our programs? Invite them to join us. Non-members may sign up for most programs for a $20 registration fee. Registration will open later in December via the Program page on our website. All registration fees will go towards paying for future WCA programming.
Feb 11, 2023 | 1–2:30 pm EST
12 Central | 11 Mountain | 12 Pacific
Archiving Your Work
with Karen Atkinson, President and Founder of GYST (Getting Your Sh*t Together)
Archiving your work in order to have everything at your fingertips is important to creating a legacy and having your estate ready. Learn about ways to keep your legacy alive for the future and how archiving can support your current projects.
Mar 11, 2023 | 1–2:30 pm EST
12 Central | 11 Mountain | 12 Pacific
Instagram for Artists
with Christina Massey, artist and creator/curator of the WoArtBlog
Note: Class size is limited to 40 WCA members and registration is required. The class is free for WCA members. You must be a member to attend.
This course is for those who have a moderate comfort level with Instagram and not first time users. If you feel the app is not doing much to help your art career grow, this course aims to both inspire as well as give real nuts and bolts tools to use, specifically as Artists. It is designed to show how to use Instagram to your advantage. We will cover how to network with other artists, galleries, curators, writers and more. We’ll also discuss the changes that have been happening on Instagram, and how to stay up to date. Learn how to navigate the video content features such as stories and reels, or improve on the ones you’ve been making.
I will share my own personal experiences and success stories of how I easily began to build real relationships that have led to a multitude of opportunities from residencies, exhibitions, art sales and in real life friendships.
Registration is required!
All participants are required to fill out a short survey:
Jan 14, 2023 | 1–2:30 pm EST
Venues for Artists
with Karen Atkinson, President and Founder of GYST (Getting Your Sh*t Together)
Karen will talk about the pros and cons of various venues for artists to show their work. A wide range of alternative venues will also be discussed. She will also discuss how to approach various venues and how to find the right venue.
Karen Atkinson is a media, installation, public artist, independent curator, and collaborator. Exhibiting and curating internationally, Atkinson’s work has been shown in South Africa, Australia, Europe, Mexico, Canada, throughout the USA, and in the Fifth Havana Biennial in Cuba and the 2011 Biennale de Paris. She has a Ted Talk on hybrid careers for artists.
In 1991, she was a co-founding director of Side Street Projects, a non-profit artist-run organization in Los Angeles, which continues to thrive now in Pasadena. Atkinson taught at California Institute of the Arts for 31 years, and recently retired to a place off the grid outside of Lone Pine, California where she works on her own projects and recently joined the Inyo Council for the Arts Board of Directors.
Karen created the GYST software for artists from scratch and in 2000 she founded GYST as an artist-run professional practices service company. In her spare time she serves on Boards and
Advisory Boards of local and national arts organizations, advises artists on their careers, and tries to get into as much art trouble as possible. You can find GYST at www.gyst-ink.com. To view some of Karen’s projects visit karenatkinsonstudio.org
VIDEO IS AVAILABLE FOR WCA MEMBERS ONLY
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Nov 12, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST
The Psychology of Inkblots
Tapping into the Imagination: Jessica Ann Nunno will demonstrate the use of inkblots to free the imagination and heighten creativity, and will lead workshop participants in inkblot creation.
Workshop Leader: Jessica Ann Nunno
WCA BOOKCLUB PRESENTS:
Florine Stettheimer: A Biography
Author Barbara Bloemink joined us on Sept 14, 2022 to talk about her comprehensive biography, Florine Stettheimer: A Biography, that establishes Florine Stettheimer as one of the most innovative artists of the early twentieth century.
Sept 10, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST
The Women’s Environmental Photography Collective was born out of a desire to create a more inclusive space in the historically androcentric fields of landscape and environmental photography. Working to decolonize the dominant hierarchy of Western thought, our work interrogates and reconfigures the relationships among personal, cultural, scientific, and natural histories. Our panel discussion will focus on the power of collaboration among the arts, humanities, and sciences, to inspire socially-engaged art.
Panel Chair: Margaret LeJeune
Panelists: Judy Natal, Martina Shenal, Marion Belanger, Dana Fritz, Terri Warpinski
August 13, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST
All in the Same Boat – or Are We?
Anne Farley Gaines will present a PowerPoint lecture on an exhibition that she curated in 2020 titled “All in the Same Boat – or Are We? Artists Respond to 2020” at Stola Contemporary Art in Chicago She will stipulate the logistics of curating and organizing the show, as well as hosting two “live openings” and a “live closing” during a time when numerous area galleries were temporarily closed or holding only on-line exhibits. She acknowledges Gallery Director Kelly Mathews as being of tremendous assistance.
Panel Chairs: Anne Farley Gaines
The 4 images in the left box read as follows: Top L: Audrey Ushenko, “She Can Breathe if She Wants To,” oil on board. Top R: Kathy Weaver, “Antagonist,” mixed-media on paper. Bottom L: Sydney Lewis, “It’s Layered,” digital collage. Bottom R: Kim Laurel, “Mutiny from the Covid,” mixed-media sculpture.
ROE vs. WADE Town Hall Meeting
As a women’s art organization, the Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) believes all women have the right to choose. We strongly support women’s rights to privacy and autonomy of their bodies and equal access to health care for all.
The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overturned Roe vs. Wade, removing the right and freedom that American women had for almost 50 years, setting women and our country back decades. Though this decision will affect all of us, women of color, transgender, non-binary persons, and others in underserved communities who already experience health care limitations will be the first to feel the results of this opinion and subsequent law change.
The overturning of Roe will lead to the erosion and dismembering of other laws, such as contraceptive access, gay marriage, and interracial marriage, endangering our democracy and additional freedoms.
We must fight to protect these fundamental rights and freedoms. We stand with those protesting the overturning of Roe and advocate for codifying Roe into law.
WOMXNHOUSE DETROIT RESCHEDULED!
Sat June 11 | 3:30-5 pm Eastern / 12:30-2 pm Pacific
The Art of Being Female in America Today
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/
For more information download the PDF
June 11, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST
Feminism, Art and Global Action: Collaborations in the Global Context
Feminism, Art and Global Action: Collaborations in the Global Context Emphasizing the fact that feminist artists have been at the forefront of collaborative art, Susan Ossman and Lydia Nakashima-Degarrod will discuss collaborative transnational art, new art forms and artists as agents of change in the landscape of the global art market.
Panel Co-Chairs: Susan Ossman, Lydia Nakashima-Degarrod
Panelists: Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Marguerite Elliot, Susan Ossman, Nirmal Raja
Respondent: Jane Chin Davidson
May 14, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST
Labor of Love
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
See the PDF for more info
Apr 9, 2022 | 1-2:30 pm EST
The Role of Art and Activism in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education
Amanda Banks chairs a multimedia session on the role of art and activism in STEM education. Panelists will present projects that brought art into traditionally STEM disciplines such as life-science, medicine and engineering. The advantages of a more holistic education will be considered and innovative projects such as art made via bacterial culture will be presented.
Panel Chair: Amanda Banks
Panelists: Jessica Nunno, Sarah Adkins-Jablonsky, Phoebe Burns
Mar 12, 2022
WCA Leadership Interview Project
WCA’s Art Writer’s Committee will be interviewing Ruth Weisberg, Barbara Wolanin and Yuriko Takata with ample time allowed for audience interaction. The WCA Leadership Interview Project, spearheaded by WCA’s Art Writer’s Committee, is an initiative to record and share interviews with WCA leaders in conjunction with celebrating WCA’s 50th anniversary.
Panel Co-Chairs: Chiara Atoyebi, Patti Jordan
Panelists: Ruth Weisberg, Barbara Wolanin and Yuriko Takata
Mar 9, 2022
How an Almost-Forgotten Federal Program Kickstarted the Feminist Art Movement
From 1974 to 1981, more than 10,000 artists, actors, writers, and musicians were employed under the federally funded Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), in addition to 10,000 administrative art positions (museum curators, program directors, docents and guards; theatre technicians, lighting and costume designers; arts administrators and office staff). CETA especially benefited women and artists of color.
This panel will discuss how this little-known government program and its support of women artists helped give rise to the feminist art movement.
WCA co-hosted this program in conjunction with the exhibition ART/WORK, City Lore and Cuchifritos Gallery. The program was originally scheduled for the WCA 2022 Conference.
Click here to read more about the exhibition
From the producers of the event:
We are grateful to Getty Research Institute (GRI), for permission to share the Public Service Announcements produced by the L.A. Women’s Video Center, from the Archival Collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art, which now resides in the GRI Archive.
Feb 18, 2022
WCA Business Meeting at CAA
Featuring a roundtable discussion on the occasion of WCA’s 50th anniversary with WCA President Laura Morrison, President Elect Donna Jackson, Judith Brodsky (WCA Past President 1976-1978), and Ofelia Garcia (WCA Past President 1984-1986).
Panel Chairs: Laura Morrison
Panelists: Donna Jackson, Judith Brodsky, and Ofelia Garcia
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