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WCA Past Conferences


2016 Washington DC
2015 New York
2014 Chicago
2013 New York
2012 Los Angeles
2011 New York
2010 Chicago
2009 Los Angeles

2008 Dallas
2007 New York
2006 Boston
2005 Atlanta
2004 Seattle
2003 New York
2002 Philadelphia

2001 Chicago
2000 New York
1999 Los Angeles
1998 Toronto
1997 Philadelphia
1994 New York

 
WCA 2016 Conference–Impact
Washington DC, February 3–6, 2016

The Conference kicked off with the Impact Conversation on Contemporary Arts Organizing — In and Out of the Art World with Presenters: Stephanie Sherman and Karen Frostig with Brenda Oelbaum & Sandra Mueller. Stephanie Sherman also received the President's Award for Art & Activism.

The WCA Panel at CAA, Critical Contact: Non-Traditional and Multicultural Mentoring through Art-Making was chaired by Molly Marie Nuzzo, Montgomery College, with particpating presenters: Robin Meyer, Montgomery College; Dorene Quinn, Syracuse University; and Yvonne Buchanan, Syracuse University Kimberly Creasap, Colgate University.

The national juried exhibitionTrending, organized by Karen Gutfreund opened with Trending—a night of conversation and art at the Torpedo Gallery with juror Elizabeth Garvey, whose presentation Art World Advice was met with great success.

The exhibition Impact—Legacy of the Woman’s Caucus for Art 1972–2016, curated by Leslie King Hammond, organized by Barbara Wolanin and Jaimianne Amicucc, was held at the American University Katzen Arts Center. A private viewing was followed by a reception and gallery talk with Leslie King Hammond, Moderator,Susan Fisher Sterling, Helene Alyon, Maren Hassinger, Ferris Olin, and Judy Brodsky. All panelists were also past WCA Honorees.

For more information on both exhibitions, visit the exhibitions page.

WCA 2015 Conference–Access
New York, February 11–14, 2015

The Conference opened with ascreening of the Half the Sky Video Premiere, introduced by International Caucus Chair Sherri Cornett.

This year's WCA/CAA Panel THE DIFFERENCE DISABILITY MAKES: DISABILITY, COMMUNITY, AND ART was chaired by Petra Kuppers, University of Michigan, who also was honored with the President's Award for Art & Activism by WCA President Brenda Oelbaum.

The national juried exhibition Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity
and Access
at the WESTBETH Gallery in the West Village included: Carolyn Applegate, Salma Arastu, Elizabeth Bowler, A. Laura Brody, Linda Button, Belinda Chlouber, Laurie Edison, Stephanie Eley, Christine Giancola, Susan Harmon, Ludmila Ketslakh, Stacy Koffman, Beth Lakamp, Riva Lehrer, Irene Loughlin, Sandra Mueller, Priscilla Otani, Linda Pearlman Karlsberg, Sondra Schwetman, Bonnie J. Smith, Carolyn Owen Sommer,
Lisa Steichmann, Chanika Svetvilas, Leigh Toldi, Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi.

The Eco-art Caucus, the Jewish Women Artist Network(JWAN), and the Young Women's Caucus all held a separate juried show in the side wings of the gallery. The Eco-art Caucus presented Ecology: The Difference Perception Makes
with artists: Ellen Alt, Jeannine Cook, Mary Lou Dauray, Rachael Davis, Liz Dodson, Sue Crosby Doyle, Danielle Eubank, Kate Higley, Judith Hugentobler, Dory Ingram, Ann Kim, Meg Madison, Diane J Mayer, Nora Raggio, Wen Redmond, Lisa Marie Sipe.

The Young Women's Caucuspresented The Difference Community Art Makes
including Linda Gleitz, Joanna Fulginiti, Aimee Santos, and Jennifer Weigel.

JWAN's themed exhibition The Difference Spirituality Makes
included work by Elinore Bucholtz, Jennifer Colby, Anne Kantor Kellett, Linda Mendelson, Mary Morgan, Flora Rosefsky, Mary Shisler, Reva Solomon, Deanna Taubman, and Marian Yap.

Helene Aylon, a resident of Westbeth will also be signing her book at the opening.


WCA 2014 Conference–Balance
Chicago, February 12–16, 2014

The Conference kicked off with the exhibition and panel discussion The Eyes of the Mother, with Korean artists: Kim Sooja, Yun Suknam, Park Youngsook, Jung Jong Mee, Jung Jungyeob, Ryu Jun Hwa, Hong HyunSook, JeongMee Yoon, Song Jin-Hwa, Hong Mi-Sun, Bang Jeongah,  Fi Lee, Byun, Kyung Sub, Jo Sohee, Kim Min Hyung, and US artists: Ruth Weisberg, Ester Hernandez, Rachel Epp Buller, Miriam Schaer, Sandra Matthews, Susan Byrnes, Niku Kashef, Sandra Mueller, Brenda Oelbaum, Hellen Redman, Sondra Schwetman
The Chicago Chapter sponsored national juried exhibition Water: A Universal Human Right was held at Robert Morris Gallery, 401 S State Stnd, and the WCA members’ exhibition and concurrent Korean Feminist Art exhibition WCA Best of 2014 Show and Songs for Our Muses was held at ARC Gallery, 2156 N Damen Ave.Equilibrium, the National Juried Show was held at Woman Made Gallery, 685 N Milwaukee Ave.

This year WCA presented two panels at CAA, The Maternal Body Exposed: Fecundity, Birth Control, and Countering Infertility in Contemporary Art, with Rachel Epp Buller as Chair, and Christina R Hunter, Discussant, and Water: A Universal Human Right or Commodity? presented by the Chicago Chapter.

Balancing Act: Art, Family, and Other Distractions was presented at the CAA ARTspace and chaired by Niku Kashef, with panelists, Micol Hebron, Kim Abeles,Tierney Gearon, Maria Elena BuszekJamie McMurry, Lili Bernard and Jennie Klein.

WCA 2013 Conference–Building Community
New York, February 13–17, 2013

Highlights of the conference were the JWAN DiasporaExhibition at New Century Artists Gallery 530 W 25 St, and the Bound National WCA Exhibition at Phoenix Gallery, 210 11th Ave in Chelsea. WCA held also a Brunch with Luminaries at Mangia Restaurant, 50 West 57th St.Luminaries included Emma Amos, Diane Burko, Faith Ringgold, and Ruth Weisbergand Cynthia Navaretta.
WCA was also represente with two panels at CAA, WCA Blockbuster Shows: Renewal, Activism & Innovation and Building a Legacy for Women Artists.

 

WCA 40th Anniversary Conference–Momentum
LOS ANGELES, February 23- 27, 2012

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the WCA. This is a momentous occasion not only for WCA but also for all women. For 40 years we have fought to ensure the future of women in the arts. This is a time to honor our path and look forward to the next 40 years.

WCA members and friends traveled from across the country to Los Angeles February 23- 27 for what was a diverse, exciting and fun celebration that included panels, book signings, speakers, exhibitions, bus tours, workshops, awards and a gala. For the complete listing of the entire event see the official conference program.

Momentum 40th Anniversary Conference

 

On Wednesday, WCA kicked off the conference with a preview of the national WCA exhibition Momentum and an artists' panel at Gallery 825.

Thursday was a jam-packed day of panels, performances, networking and exhibitions. The day began with 40th Anniversary Opening Session at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens that included a meet and greet for chapter reps and two wonderful panels:

- Hour of Activism: Another Year with the YoungWC
This event spotlights the YoungWC's year of engaged activism including the Ragdoll Project: Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign, the WCA Art & Social Justice Conference, Feminist Tea Party at NYFA, and Hapa Bruthas.
- From a Whisper to a Roar: An Intimate Dialogue with California Artists
The panel format was designed by Suzanne Lacy and stimulated intimate dialogue between the panelists and engaged the audience in a focused and exciting dialogue including topics: "Woman, Artist, and Activism," and "Community Engagement and Professionalism." The panel was Moderator: Linda Vallejo. Panelists included: Margaret Alarcon, Nao Bustamante, Kathy Gallegos, Suzanne Jackson, Felicia Montes, Amitis Motevalli, Noni Olabisi, Patricia Rodriguez, Nancy Uyemura, Diana Shui-iu Wong, and Seeroon Yeretzian.

Caucus meetings and the reception for the JWAN exhibition, Song of the Land, at Hebrew Union College rounded out the afternoon and early evening.

In the evening, WCA presented its first Media Award to filmmaker and feminist Lynn Hershman Leeson at the Democracy Now Center. The evening included a special tribute to Leeson given by Art historian Tanya Augsburg, the presentation of the award by WCA President Janice Nesser-Chu and incoming President Elect Brenda Oelbaum and a special viewing of Hershman Lesson's film !Women Art Revolution. After the viewing, attendees were treated to wonderful dessert reception.

Friday featured two thought provoking WCA panels at CAA:
Multiplicities in Dialogue: From Political Caucus to Engaged Community–Forty Years of WCA: Celebrating History. Five paired dialogues offering a sampling of contemporary models for innovative artistic engagement inspired and informed by historical feminist perspectives, and 40 Years Of WCA— Irregular Experiences: Multigenerational Stories of Feminists in Art, moderated by Diane Burko, Artist, WCA 2011 LTA Honoree the panel offered a dialog between pairs of established arts professionals and emerging art professionals whose road to success is being paved through non-traditional paths.

WCA panelists
Left to right: Niku Kashef, Ann Sutherland Harris, Muriel Magenta, Susan Kharhoody,
Diane Burko, Dail Chambers, and Judith Brodsky.

The day concluded with the Momentum bus tour, which includes the In Wonderland: Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States exhibit at LACMA, and the WCA exhibition, Momentum: Celebrating 40 years of WCA Women Artists at Gallery 825.

Saturday began with the Chapters' Council Forum in the morning, followed by an afternoon gallery hop shuttle. The stops included: (Judy) Chicago in L.A.- the 1970's in China town, exhibition, the reception for the Thursday panel A Whisper to a Roar at Avenue 50 and The Feminist Art Project panels at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The day culminated in the 33rd annual Lifetime Achievement Awards presentation at the Kyoto Hotel,. This year, the Women's Caucus for Art honored 8 women who's momentum, embodies the mission of the WCA: Whitney Chadwick, Suzanne Lacy, Ferris Olin, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Bernice Steinbaum and President's Art & Activism Awardees, Karen Mary Davalos and Cathy Salser. (Lynn Hershman Leeson was honored in a separate ceremony).

WCA Awards Recipients 2012
Left to right: Bernice Steinbaum, Ferris Olin, Suzanne Lacy, Trinh T. MIn-ha,
Janice Nesser, Cathy Salser, Whitney Chadwick, and Karen Mary Davalos.

After the LTA awardees, WCA members, family, friends were treated to a fabulous night of music, good food and conversation at the Momentum 40th Anniversary Gala held in the beautiful Japanese American National Museum. The Gala included a walk-around dinner with three food stations, a sushi bar. an open bar, an opportunity to meet the awardees, networking, silent auction, raffle of wonderful pieces of work donated by the estate of Sylvia Sleigh and Eleanor Dickinson. and tours of the museum. The gala also featured the preview of two WCA videos:

Womens Caucus for Art Herstory 1972-2012

WCA 40 Years of Art Making - a virtual exhibition of work from current WCA members.

For those who stayed over, Sunday included a wonderful bus tour that focused on four Pacific Standard Time exhibitions including the closing ceremony for Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building, Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design. The conference concluded on Monday with the bi-annual national WCA board meeting at the Kyoto Hotel.

 

LIVE SPACE: women + art + activism

NEW YORK, February 10-12, 2011

LIVE SPACE: art that is happening in the moment and is energetic, stimulating and electric.

LIVE SPACE happened not only all over NEW YORK CITY, but also in cities across the COUNTRY through blogging, tweeting and YouTube. It included panels, exhibitions and performances, museum and gallery tours and networking and chapter council sessions. It ran concurrent with the College Art Association Conference at the Hilton Hotel in New York City and the highlight for 2011 - as it is each year — was the WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards. In 2012, the event returns to Los Angeles for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of the Women's Caucus for Art. Conference co- chairs were Linda Gilbert-Schneider, Chapter Director and Janice Nesser-Chu, President.


Live Space special offerings included:

Thursday Welcome Confab was facilitated by Sandra Mueller. It included the KISS art project with Suzanne Whittaker, screening of the FEMLINK video, a New York chapter meetup and chapters council overview with Ulla Barr, launch of the Knit In and the "Ask Me, I will Tell" panel moderated by Yulia Tikhonova and the members of "The Brainstormers, "For the Birds Collective" and Feminist Tea Party groups.

WCA Panel at CAA was standing-room only. "Live Space: Women, Art and Activism," was moderated by C. M. Judge with Carolee Schneemann, Elizabeth Streb and Paula Rendino Zaentz as panelists. The Friday screening of the 7th Annual Video Shorts Festival also drew a strong crowd.

Thursday Gallery Spree opened uptown with Sanctuaries in Time at the Kraft Center for Jewish Life at Columbia/Barnard College and then moved onto to Chelsea for openings of the Control show at Ceres, Young Women's Caucus performances hosted by Bonnie MacAllister at Raandesk Gallery and a TFAP conversation at the Flomenhaft Gallery. 



Watch the JWAN video


Brooklyn Museum of Art Tour & "Hidden Cities" Reception. Tour began with Catherine Morris, director of the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art introducing Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party and New Work by Lorna Simpson followed by "New Beginnings," the New York WCA exhibit at the Callahan Center, St Francis College. Then, it was onto "Hidden Cities," the 2011 national exhibition at the New Century Artists Gallery in Chelsea featured works by 43 women artists selected by Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum.

Watch the Hidden City video

Chapters Council and Young Women's Caucus hosted well-attended meetings on Saturday at the American Folk Art Museum.
Lifetime Achievement Awards honored Beverly Buchanan, Diane Burko, Ofelia Garcia, Joan Marter, Carolee Schneemann and Sylvia Sleigh. Maria Torres received the 2011 President's Award for Art & Activism from Janice Nesser-Chu. A ticketed gala followed at the American Folk Art Museum.
INSERT LTA video (TK)

Post Conference offerings included:
The Feminist Art Project day of panels organized by Johanna Burton and Julia Bryan-Wilson took place on Saturday at the at the Museum of Arts and Design. Topics included The Problem of Feminist Form, Institutions and Their Feminist Discontents, The Erotics of Feminism and several conversations with artists.

Rutgers University Sunday Bus Tour co-sponsored by CAA, Rutgers and WCA. Stops included the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, the Institute for Women and Art, he Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and the WCA office at Rutgers. WCA 2011 Winter Board Meeting took place on Monday, February 14, 2011 at the Kraft Center for Jewish Life.


 
2010 CHICAGO CONFERENCE

The WCA 2010 conference 'From the Center' took place in Chicago from February 10-15 and ran concurrent with College Art Association's annual meeting. It was an ‘out of the box’, energizing experience that included thought provoking panels, a welcome reception featuring the premiere viewing of cutting edge selections from our national Video Arts competition, a ‘Centering’ workshop and two  bus tours that focused on the emerging and highly touted Chicago art scenes. For the first time, the Lifetime Achievement Awards events moved out of the usual hotel ballroom to the beautiful landmark Chicago Cultural Center. The Cultural Center is considered to be ‘one of the most comprehensive art showcases in the United States.’ The 4 panel discussions included 3 panels at CAA and a panel at the Beverly Arts Center on the work of the Young WC Caucus.

WCA Panels at the College Art Association (CAA) Conference:

Investigating the Need for Women's Art Galleries, Exhibitions and Organizations: From Our Center
Chair: Janice Nesser-Chu, President Elect, WCA Moderator: Melissa H. Potter, Columbia College Chicago, Interdisciplinary Arts Department and Panelist:s Joyce Owens, Art and Design Department, Chicago State University and Sapphire and Crystals Artist Collective Beate Minkovski, Executive Director, Woman Made Gallery Joanna Gardner-Huggett, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, DePaul University and Amy Galpin, San Diego Museum of Art Fellow, formerly Illinois Regional Coordinator, The Feminist Art Project and Gallery Coordinator, Woman Made Gallery.
The Power of the Image: Studio Artist and Civil Society
Co-Chairs: Fay Grajower, VP, WCA and Marsha Heck, Chapters' Ccouncil, WCA. Panelists: Yvonne Petkus, Western Kentucky University, Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein, La Sierra University and Brett Cook and Wendy Ewald, Amherst College
WCA Welcome Reception and Screening of the winners of the International Video Shorts Festival
Chair: Leslie Hume Video Shorts Curator and Keynote address: Verena Mund, film author, curator, professor, organizer and co-juror for the 2010 Video Competition. Mund's credits include: Co-Director of Feminale, International Women's Film Festival, Cologne; selection committee, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, and co- editor Working Girls. Zur Ökonomie von Liebe und Arbeit.

From the Center, Now! – WCA National Exhibition juried by Lucy Lippard,
Jan 22–Feb 25, 2010

Receptions for “From the Center,” the national exhibit juried by Lucy Lippard at Woman Made Gallery and for 'Off Center,' the  exhibit of the Chicago WCA chapter at ARC Gallery.  Plus, receptions for JWAN's 'Drawing the Line' exhibition and for the screening of the International Video Shorts with juror's remarks by film author Verena Mund. The Chicago WCA Chapter also hosted a reception to accompany their 2010 Awards for ‘Excellence in the Arts' to five outstanding women arts professionals from their region.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards and Dinner  was held at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center.
The 2010 LAA Awardees included Tritobia Hayes Benjamin, Mary Jane Jacob, Senga Nengudi, Joyce J. Scott, and Spiderwomen Theater. Juana Guzman and Karen Reimer received the President's Awards.


left to right: Mary Jane Jacobs, Senga Nengudi, Juana Guzman, Karen Reimer, Muriel Borst,
Guest, Presenter, Marilyn J. Hayes. © Christopher Ligeza, www.ligeza.com

Other highlights of the conference included: an artist book signing with Carol Bjerke, author of "Hidden Agendas“,  an impromptu gallery featuring 'Dadaland' by Helene Smith-Romer at the conference hotel; nightly WCA networking get-together at the Allegro hotel and two sold-out bus tours that included a visit to the National Museum of Mexican Art with Juana Guzman, the Carol Bjerke exhibition at the Surgical Science Museum, and the Hyde Park Art Center.

The Feminist Art Project Day included panels on the the following topics: "When No Means More Than No;" 'Feminist Artists and Feminist Curators: A Conversation about Collaboration;"  "Wandering Uteri;" "De/ReConstructed Vulvas, and Architectures of Hospitality;" "Feminist Painting" and" Push and/or Pull: Trans and Gender-Variant Artists Discuss the Role of Feminism in Their Work."
[WCA is a founding partner of TFAP]

Headquartered at the boutique Hotel Allegro, there were also Chapters’ Council meetings, a silent auction and the WCA Winter Board Meeting to transact official business and make sure each chapter had an opportunity to meet others from their region and across the country.


 

2009 NATIONAL CONFAB IN LOS ANGELES — February 25 - March 1, 2009

Running concurrent with the annual meeting of the College Art Association, the 2009 WCA Confab that included panels, exhibitions, public art and museum tours, book signings, Lifetime Achievement Awards, networking opportunities and Town Hall and Chapters Council sessions. The Museum of Contemporary Art hosted the national board meeting on March 2nd.  Specific Confab offerings included:

"Breaking in Two and Mending: Art and Motherhood,"  the WCA sponsored panel at CAA was moderated by Margaret Lazzari with Kim Abeles, Bruria Finkel, Cheri Gaulke, Tierney Gearon, Alison Saar, Sabine Sighicelli, Linda Vallejo, Ruth Weisberg, Alicia Weisberg-Roberts and Kim Yasuda. A preview of filmmaker Sabine Sighicelli's documentary was also shown. Karen Frostig of Boston and Martina Reuter of Vienna moderated the WCA session at CAA on "Inventive Concepts: Models of Participatory Leadership in the Arts" that explored strategies for working as a a collective, a coalition or affiliate group.

Metro Public Art Tour with artists May Sun, Cheri Gaulke and Joyce Kozloff  in downtown Los Angeles , a Feminist Tour of the Norton Simon Museum with arts consultant and SCWCA member Margaret Danielak and an EcoArt Meet Up with artist Kim Abeles in downtown Los Angeles and Artist Conversation with Freyda Miller at New Dimensions Gallery in Westwood.

WOMEN ARTISTS ON IMMIGRATION (http://www.scwca.org/event/exImmigration.php) reception with WCA's International Video Shorts Fest at Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles. The exhibition featured the artwork of 40 women artists from the Pacific Region selected by Alma Ruiz, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

The Feminist Art Project hosted a day of panels:  Black Women, But, Are They Feminists?,  Salon des Refuses,  Transnational Feminism, Artists Converse on Feminism and Women Performance Artists.

30th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Awards honored Maren Hassinger, Ester Hernandez, Joyce Kozloff, Margo Machida and Ruth Weisberg.  Susan Fisher Sterling of the National Museum for Women in the Arts and artist Catherine Opie received the 2009 Presidents Awards.


Top left to right: Maren Hassinger, Ester Hernandez
Bottom left to right: Joyce Kozloff, Margo Machida and Ruth Weisberg

WCA Art & Activism Day included a national Town Hall Meeting organized by the SCWCA chapter with Barbara T. Smith performing her "A Meditation in Time" and Like Water on Rock exhibition reception at the American Jewish University followed by a private tour with Judy Baca at SPARC and a visit to  the Suzanne Jackson exhibition at Laband Gallery at LMU.


 
2008 Dallas, TX

WCA arranged 3 days of bus tours to visit several Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter coordinated events: “Passionate Persuit: Capturing the American Women’s Movement in Art”, photographs taken since the 70s by Dr. Alessandra Comini at the Meadows Museum, the South Side-on-Lamar Gallery for “Broadview Intersection: Texas Women Artists”, and the “WCA International Committee Eco-Postcard Auction” organized by Priscilla Otani.

The tour also took members to the Icehouse gallery to see “Straight Clay from Texas Women and Dallas Contemporary”, to the Firehouse for “Katrina Diaries”, to the Arlington Museum to see the “National Juried Show”, and finished at the Women’s Museum to see the JWAN exhibiton: “In the Beginning…”

WCA also had a table at the CAA bookfair and held a reception for the “Blaze” authors, Karen Frostig and Kathy Halamka, and held a WCA/CAA Panel.

 


 

2007 New York, NY

WCA celebrated with the CAA a day of panels.

A day of exciting short discussion panels, organized by the late Arlene Raven and Anne Swartz in association with The Feminist Art Project

Are We There Yet? The Status and Impact of Second- and Third-Wave Feminism, Women's Art, the Women's Art Movement, and ‘Feminist Art’
Chair: Anne Swartz-Savannah, College of Art and Design.
Feminism, Women, and Museum
Chair: Elizabeth Mansfield, University of the South.
As the Feminine Became Public (or) Regendering Public Art
Chair: Suzanne Lacy, Otis College of Art and Design.
Back to the Front
Chair: Helena Reckitt, independent critic and curator.
Occupying Our Hearts: Performing Self-Transformation through Feminist Art
Chair: Joanna Frueh, University of Nevada.
Life of the Mind, Life of the Market: A Reevaluation of the Contribution of Theory to Feminist Art
from 1980 to 2006

Chair: Mira Schor, painter and writer.
American Art and Sexual Trauma
Chair: Vivian Fryd, Vanderbilt University.

WCA 35th Anniversary Celebration with several workshops and a small work exchange.

Preparing an Artist’s Statement - Ruth Waters
The ABC’s and 123’s of being Not-for Profit - Margaret Lutze
Building Momentum with WACK! and the SCWCA - Sandra Mueller
Exhibiting Internationally and Regionally - Tricia Grame and Patricia Rodriguez
Blaze: Publishing Women’s Writing on Art - Karen Frostig and Kathy Halamka
Collaborating with the Community - Regional Exchanges

Exhibitions and a International Video Shorts Film Festival

"words within" Jewish Women Artists’ Network (JWAN) at the Kraft Center for Jewish Life Columbia/Barnard University, juried by Laura Kruger, Curator of the Hebrew Union College -Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
Her-Humanity at Casa Freia Gallery, 47 West 119th, co-curated by Lawrence Rodriguez, Director, Casa Freia Gallery; and Noreen Dean Dresser, Director, Parlour 153
New Media Caucus International Video Shorts Film Festival at Barnard, juried by Sheryl Mousley, Curator of Film/Video at the Walker Center in Minneapolis

WCA members were also involved in several other panels:

The Art of Being Global: International Art of International Artists
Chair: Laurie E. T. Hall, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dizz/placement: Half Moon Eyes
Mina Cheon, Maryland Inst.Col. of Art
The New Great Game: The New Colonization in Globalization
Sarina Khan Reddy, Eastman Kodak Company Research Laboratories
Plays Well with Others: Opportunity for Artists in the Global Village
Daria Dorosh, University of East London
Compassionate Actions: Art Envisions a World without Borders
Lisa Marie Kaftori, artist, Israel; Joan Giroux, Columbia College, Chicago
Speaking into the Silence
Karen Frostig, Lesley University
Future Minded: On the Resiliency of Feminism in the Arts
Chair Dena Muller

 


2006 Boston, MA - "Digging Deeper To Build New Paradigms"

Conference co-chairs: Kathy Halamka, Karen Frostig and Cynthia Runge
Exhibitions Chair: Kathy Halamka
Panel Program Chair: Karen Frostig

  • The Boston Conference, tallying 180 attendees, included the following highlights:
  • Board meeting and chapters’ council meetings
  • Two days of panel programming
  • An international festival of video shorts
  • Two  national and one regional exhibitions: The Kniznick Gallery at the Brandeis University Women Studies Research Center, juried by Raphaela Platow, curator of the Rose Museum at Brandeis University and by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan; Hebrew College, juried by Deborah Davidson; and Mayyim Hayyim, juried by Judi Rotenburg Ross and Abigail Ross Goodman
  • An elegant Honoree Banquet and Honoree Award Ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel
  • A key-note address by Coco Fusco from Columbia University, who discussed her latest project regarding the use of women in the military. 

In addition to these events, conference co-chairs introduced new elements: pre-conference, off-site panels, a formal convocation ceremony; a book table featuring assorted titles by and about panelists and honorees; a 25-hour audio-visual tape documenting the entire conference (a two-hour disk is now on sale on the National and Boston chapter web sites); an open-mic/annual meeting session, soliciting input from WCA members.  The conference also produced five additional exhibitions at various local venues that ran concurrently with the conference, and represented the coordinated efforts of three chapters--Boston, New Hampshire and Central Mass.

The conference coincided with a fortuitous invitation from Cambridge Scholars Press (UK), to publish the conference proceedings.  One year later, we are in the later stages of publishing a new text, Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women and Feminism, which features 31 essays emanating from the conference panels.

34TH Annual WCA Conference Highlights DVD
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Watch the YOU TUBE Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF8MKw1yvTI

 


 
2005 Atlanta, GA  "Gender in Motion"

Chaired by Ann Rowles and hosted by the Atlanta Chapter

 


 

2004 Seattle, WA

Chaired by Jennifer Colby and co-sponsored by the Pacific Region to discuss women exploring "our place" in the art world and art history as well as in connection to land, home, and community.

 


 
2003 New York, NY

Chaired by Dena Muller and Melissa Wolf

This conference offered a forum to investigate the current state of the arts, build networks of women in the arts professions, and explore how our history can guide us into the future.


 

2002 Philadelphia, PA, "Bridging Generations: Painting the Picture"

The thriving WCA Philadelphia Chapter launched a new format conference aimed at attracting a generation of young women actively engaged in the visual arts professions.
The 30th Annual Women's Caucus for Art Conference included two days of panel discussions, a slide share, the Lifetime Achievement Awards and visiting museums and galleries, the conference also featured the unveiling of a mural project designed and painted by Michelle Ortiz, Philadelphia muralist, and organized by members of the Young Women's Caucus for Art of the Philadelphia Chapter, in conjunction with the Mural Arts Program.

 


 

2001 Chicago, IL

The Chicago Chapter of WCA honored five local women who have contributed to the women's art movement. Hollis Sigler, Francis Callaway Parks, Arlene Rakonkay, Joyce Neimanas, and Mary Dougherty. Keynote Speaker Karen Finley presented part of her new piece on women mentoring women written in collaboration with Miriam Shapiro and Gloria Steinem. Karen Finley was born in Chicago where she attended the Art Institute of Chicago and received her Masters in Fine Arts. Her work has been shown in the U.S. Europe South America, Asia, and Australia.

The Chicago Chapter sponsored a National exhibition held in conjunction with the WCA National Conference. The exhibition was held at Artemisia Gallery. An exhibition at Beacon Street Gallery was also featured during the conference.

 


 

2000 New York, NY, "INITIATIVES 2000"

Chaired by Janet Luongo

The keynote speech was given by Howardena Pindell. The conference included a mix of marketing workshops organized by Sharon Vatsky, and one WCA/CAA joint panel (to rewrite 20th century American art history to include women) with Betsy Damon. The conference provided an opportunity for attendees to meet, network, and share their slides with each other.
There were wonderful WCA exhibitions. The Phoenix exhibits were curated by Winn Rae and Naomi Grossman. Devorah Sperber did extraordinary work organizing ELEMENTS 2000 at seven sites in three boroughs.
The conference provided a venue to continue one of the most important traditions of the WCA - the recognition of women of commitment and achievement through the Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards. Lowery Sims presented the President's Award to Gallery Director Bernice Steinbaum. Imna Arroyo presented the Northeast Regional Recognition Award to Susana Torruella Leval, Director of El Museo del Barrio.
The few hundred dollars earned through a letter of appeal will be used to seed the "initiatives" Scholarships to the conference were provided by the National WCA.
A great success of the conference: women in NYC are meeting to restart the chapter; and we have over thirty new members!
Conference chair Janet Luongo gives special thanks to C.M. Judge, whose personal care of each individual registrant made their stay in New York a warm one. The hard work of many went into this event including: E. Margaret Curley Clay, Betsy Damon, Cynthia Millis, Sharon Vatsky, Beatrice Schall, Jiayi Ling, Winn Rae, Devorah Sperber, Naomi Grossman, Imna Arroyo, Mary Bucci McCoy, Jean Towgood, Francia, Virginia Zic, Heidi Bollock, Denise Mumm, Gail Tremblay, Sheila Benedis, Alison Berman, Diana Boehnert, Hilda Demsky, Susan Knight, Linda Gilbert Sneider, Ellen Smith.

 


 

1999 Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by the WCA Southern California Chapter

June Wayne gave the opening address, and Coco Fusco was Keynote Speaker. The conference began with a day of tours and a day of workshops then was followed with two days of panel discussions. Jean Towgood, a seasoned conference organizer and former national WCA President, and Ada Pullini Brown, then SCWCA President were the Conference Co-chairs. The hard work of many went into this event including: Betty Brown, Sandra Rowe, Lucy-Blake Elahi, Margaret Lazzari, Janice Deloof, Patricia Lazalde, Anita Miranda, Debra Krall, Diana Hobstetter, Scarlet Chang and Rosalie Friis-Ross.
Scholarships were given to sixteen women for free conference registration, money for airfare, and/or free hotel rooms. The SCWCA Board created a small endowment fund for the chapter and gave donations to the National WCA and two not-for-profit arts organizations in LA which support women in the arts.

 


 

1998 Toronto, Canada - "Crossing Borders: Mapping Boundaries"

The Women's Art Resource Center (WARC) in Toronto, Canada sponsored an international conference in Toronto. This collaborative event was co-sponsored by The Women's Caucus for Art, (WCA), The Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), the (CAA) Committee on Women in the Arts, Creative Spirit Center, and the Native Women in the Arts. 1997 Conference ExhibitionChicago hosted "Carving the Forces of Change: Celebrating Women in the Arts," the outstanding 25th Anniversary National Exhibition at Artemesia Gallery, juried by artist Faith Ringgold and organized by the Chicago WCA Chapter. An array of extraordinary exhibitions hosted by Philadelphia galleries in support of the conference included works by well known artists such as Miriam Schapiro, Winnefred Lutz and Jaune Quick-To-See Smith. Exhibitions ranged from digital art to the mystical and the conceptual.

 


 

1997 Philadelphia, PA - "Carving the Forces of Change: Celebrating Women in the Arts"

Held at the Doubletree Hotel, in Philadelphia, marked the WCA's 25th Anniversary. A commemorative poster was produced, featuring the image "Sonia Delaunay and Me" by artist Miriam Schapiro. A round table discussion, "Recalling Our History: Envisioning the Future," was led by visionary pioneers in the WCA. They highlighted the achievement of many of our early goals, the vitality of our organization, and the enduring capacity of our Statement of Purpose as a guide in forging new roads ahead. The 1997 National Conference provided an enthusiastic audience and the collaboration of committed art professionals who embraced our mission, highlighting womens' contributions to the arts.

 


 

1996 National & Regional Exhibitions, NYC - "Beijing and Beyond"

 

International Traveling Exhibition organized by Carole Kauffman and Beth Racette and supported by WCA members throughout the nation. Multiplism as a Feminist Strategy Eastern Regional Exhibition, curated by Devorah Sperber, Robin Hill and Jane Engram Allen at the Phoenix Gallery in New York City, and organized by the New York Chapter "Celebrating Women in the Arts" National Office Inaugural Exhibition organized by Carole Kauffman and Cornilia Muñoz

 


 

1994 New York, NY - "Collective Diversities/New Directions"

The 22nd Annual WCA National Conference, Collective Diversities/New Directions , chaired by Clarissa Sligh, Linda Cunningham and Susan Grabel was held in NYC, February 14-17, 1994, at the St. Moritz Hotel with evening panels at downtown spaces to reach a broader audience. The conference was organized around the participation of many different groups and women of many identities working on issues of empowerment, education, communication and healing. Feminist scholar, bell hooks, led the way with her keynote address. Local chapter members gave insider tours of restaurants and galleries, culminating in the opening reception of the national juried exhibition, The Women’s Health Show. The show was chaired by Beth Racette and Carol Goebel and was a mini-conference in itself with video screenings, performances and panels. The Honor Awards Ceremony and exhibition was held at the Queens Museum of Art for Mary Adams, Maria Enriquez de Allen, Beverly Pepper, Faith Ringgold, Rachel Rosenthal and Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein. Sharon Vatsky and Jane Farver curated the show which was organized by Janet Goldner, Chapter Honors Chair and Charleen Touchette, National Honors Chair. With over twenty panels in two days, this whirlwind of a conference was made possible by the hard work of the NYC Chapter members and board committed to and working towards a women's movement connecting all classes, races and generations.

 

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