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2015 Lifetime Achievement & President's Recipients

L to R: Sue Coe, Kiki Smith, Martha Wilson, and Petra Kupers

The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2015 WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards: Sue Coe, Kiki Smith, and Martha Wilson. The recipient for the 2015 President’s Art & Activism Award is Petra Kuppers.

Please join us for the awards celebration on Thursday February 12, 2015 at the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium (NYIT) at 1871 Broadway, New York, NY. The Gala kicks off with a ticketed cocktail reception from 5:30 to 7pm. The ticketed reception will include three food stations, an open bar, and the opportunity to congratulate the awardees. The Awards Ceremony (free and open to the public) will take place from 7:30–9pm and a coffee and dessert reception will follow from 9–10pm. The celebration is held during the annual Women’s Caucus for Art and College Art Association conferences.

For more information on the event download our Press Release

Our Ticket Counter will open Nov 15, 2014.

President Elect Election Coming in November!

We are pleased to inform you that the Nominations Committee is evaluating candidates for the President Elect who will succeed President Brenda Oelbaum in 2016. You will receive notification of the candidate or candidates soon.

For the first time members will be voting for the President Elect through an electronic ballot. If you are unable to vote electronically, you may do so by paper ballot. Information postcards will be mailed to members shortly so please look for it in the mail.
CALL FOR ART | Eco-art Caucus Exhibition | NOV 10, 2014 Deadline

Ecology: The Difference Perception Makes

We are looking for art that examines the concepts of wilderness and perception. WCA Eco-art Caucus explores “wilderness” as a state mind that defies location. This open state of mind, or “wonder” can be experienced in environments that inspire awe, foreboding or other qualities of “sublime” landscape. They can also unexpectedly arise in the midst of our everyday urban environments that are familiar and superficially unremarkable until explored with an observant eye.


CALL FOR ART | Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity and Access | NOV 10

Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity and Access

An Exhibition Project of the Women's Caucus for Art This exhibition will take place during the 2015 WCA National Conference in New York City that explores access and difference in its many forms. All self-identified women artists are invited to submit original 2D and 3D artworks, documentation of community art and collaborative projects.

Disability challenges all facets of art and its accessibility: experiencing art, art education, interacting with art(ists), and art making. What are new ways of seeing, hearing, experiencing, and witnessing artwork? In the past, disability has functioned as a metaphor to signify tragedy, injury, oppression, and lack. Disabled people in representation held the space of the plucky survivor, the trickster figure, and the liminal shadow. In more recent decades, different perspectives with different cultural frameworks are emerging in the broader community.

How do artists find space, time and audiences for expressing artful differences, whether these differences be physical, cognitive, emotional or sensory? How do forms of difference encourage new connections, new conceptions of what it means to be alive, to be in community, to be alone, to be part of the wider world? How do different experiences of the world re-shape what art can mean? How do conceptions of race, gender, class, settler/native status, and sexuality become more powerfully expressed when combined with disability or vice versa? We welcome engagement on this topic under the widest possible umbrella.

Juror: Petra Kuppers

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist and a community artist. She teaches in performance and disability studies at the University of Michigan. She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias Performance Research Series, and Olimpias workshops, installations, performances and exhibitions have been created and shown in Europe, the US, New Zealand and Australia. The Olimpias projects are community-based, collaborative, and deal with disability culture issues (more info at www.umich.edu/~petra). Petra’s books include Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (Routledge, 2003), The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary Art (Minnesota, 2007) and Community Performance: An Introduction (Routledge, 2007). She has also co-edited with Gwen Robertson The Community Performance Reader (Routledge, 2007).


CALL FOR ART | Jewish Women Artist Network (JWAN) Caucus Exhibition | NOV 10, 2014

"You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your G-d: I am The Lord." (Torah, Leviticus 19:14)

Artists are invited to explore disabilities from the Jewish perspective, using this quote from Torah as inspiration but not necessarily limiting your artistic creations to this quote. The wide spectrum of the definition of disability "...a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity..." invites artists to explore disability in the Jewish community which includes both religious and secular Jews. Disability does not necessarily mean incapable but can be interpreted as challenged.

How does the light of G-d within each of us shine through to reach out to those Jewish disabled members? How are we as Jews challenged - both the person with a disability as well as those who live with or care for a disabled person or encounter them? Do we put stumbling blocks in our own path or in the path of others regarding Jews with disabilities? How do we view the Jew who is disabled? How do we include or exclude Jewish disabled in our personal lives and in our Jewish community? How is the disabled Jew still invisible in the community? How does being Jewish influence the way we treat the disabled in our synagogues and the Jewish community at large?


CALL FOR ART | Young Women's Caucus (YoungWC) Exhibition | NOV 10, 2014 Deadline

YoungWC: The Difference Community Art Makes

The Young Women’s Caucus (YoungWC) explores the impact young women have on socially engaged art and their participation in developing, fostering and bringing awareness to communities through their art practices.

The YoungWC is looking for a mix of mediums and documentation of community art practices. This can include, but is not limited to relational aesthetics, community arts, socially engaged art or dialogical art.



CALL FOR ART | Reimagining Femmage | NOV 2, 2014 Deadline

The Twinning of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, 1989. - Miriam Shapiro


The St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art  "Contemporary Women Artists XVII - Reimagining Femmage." February 20 – April 4, 2015 

Juror's presentation: Friday February 20, 5-6:00 pm
Reception: Friday February 20, 6-8:00 pm 
Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main St., St. Charles MO 63301
DEADLINE to APPLY: November 2. 11:59 CST

The theme is based on the work of feminist artist Miriam Schapiro. Influenced by the feminist movement of the early 1970s, she changed her style radically, embracing the use of textiles as symbolic of feminine labor. Schapiro developed a method of collage, assemblage and painting that used found or saved material relating to women's lives and traditionally female skills such as embroidery and quilting, calling it 'femmage'. This is one of the oldest running exhibitions that focus on the work of women/ 'women identified' artists in the Midwest (circa 1977).

Juried by Lisa Melandri, Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM). Prior to joining CAM, Melandri served as the Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, where she curated a number of notable exhibitions and oversaw programming of the Project Room, a dynamic exhibition series at the museum featuring national and international emerging artists. This exhibition is open to all women and women-identified artists in the US and abroad. For more information on the exhibit and to access the online entry portal: http://www.wca-stl.org/contemporary-women-artists-xvii---reimagining-femmage.html

CALL FOR ART | Force of Nature | March 30, 2015

July 6–August 14, 2015
Artists Reception: TBD

Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Silver Center for the Arts
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH www.plymouth.edu/gallery

Deadline for Entry:
March 30, 2015

Juror: Judith Brodsky 
WCA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Judith K. Brodsky is Distinguished Professor Emerita, Department of Visual Arts, Rutgers University; Founding Director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (renamed the Brodsky Center in her honor); co-founder and co-director with Ferris Olin of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art, and The Feminist Art Project, a national program to promote recognition of women artists. She is past national president of ArtTable, the College Art Association, and the Women's Caucus for Art. She was a contributor to The Power of Feminist Art, the first comprehensive history of the American women's movement in art. A printmaker and artist, Brod sky's work is in the permanent collections of over 100 museums and corporations.  

Eligibility: WCA Members and Non-Members, male and female, working individually or collectively, who live in the United States, are invited to submit artworks for this exhibition. 
Artwork Specifications: Up to three artworks. 2D, 3D, video, installation and performance are acceptable for submission. Detailed proposals for site specific installations, videos and performances will be considered. (Note: Diptychs, triptychs or artworks with multiple parts are considered to be a single artwork. They should be submitted with one image showing all parts together.)
Deadline for Entry: March 30, 2015
Entry fee: 
Current WCA members: $25 for up to three artworks.   
Non-members: $35 for up to three artworks.
Visit www.nationalwca.org to learn more about joining WCA. 
(Please note: You will not be refunded your entry fee if your work is not selected for the exhibition or if you are not eligible to enter the exhibit.) 

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Sara Faye Leibman
WCA Washington DC Chapter

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