Exhibition Opportunity: Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art (China)

WCA's International Caucus has created a global opportunity in China for BOTH women artists and essayists for April 2014.

We are so very fortunate to offer Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art. This is an unprecedented, art-based cultural exchange for women artists and essayists in the US to exhibit and share their work with women artists in China at LuXun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang. Luxun Academy is one of the premier art academies in China.

We are also privileged to have amazing jurors:  Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art - Los Angeles, for the art and Terri Weissman, assistant professor of Art History at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for the essays.

This is a big project!

It is both an exhibition and cultural exchange.  
  • A small working delegation of WCA members will go to LuXun Academy to build community, enhance mutual understanding, share our artistic perspectives and techniques through art-based events that this delegation will lead. More information about the delegation can be found on our Half the Sky home page http://wcainternationalcaucus.weebly.com/half-the-sky-2014shenyang-china.html

  • As a whole, the project is social practice art and we will be doing a lot of documenting!

We really need your help!

1) We ask your assistance in sharing our Indiegogo campaign to people you know, through your social media and email contacts. The campaign is also now live and will run through September 14th. Please also share this far and wide. We encourage everyone to contribute as soon as possible. Here is the link to our campaign page  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/466573/wdgi/3967541  And here is the short link  igg.me/at/WCA-China-Indiegogo

Where will the money go?
  • $6,000 is our minimum goal for this Indiegogo campaign! It will cover:
    • $1200 room and board for the full delegation (4 days/nights at the Academy)
    • $100 travel stipends for each delegate (15 delegates)
    • editing and printing of catalogs
    • printing of signage, posters and postcards
    • tech equipment (hard drives, computer tablet, converters, speakers)
    • baggage fees for tech equipment
    • art materials for interactive events
    • gifts for the Chinese artists and our hosts at LuXun Academy of Fine Arts


3 New Opportunities for WCA members!

$500 Artlines Opportunity
We want you to transform the fall edition of ArtLines into an art zine. Here's an opportunity for a WCA member to create a one-of-a-kind collector's edition art newsletter for WCA. The winner will be paid $500 for her work. The deadline for application is July 1, 2012. To apply, go to www.nationalwca.org, click on the Membership tab, then clickGrants & Opportunities. Or, click here

$150 Award for 2014 CAA Panel Idea
Help us submit an interesting panel proposal for the 2014 CAA Conference in Chicago (February 19-22, 2014). The 2014 program includes 4 categories: HIstorical Studies, Contemporary Issues/Studio Art, Educational and Professional Practices, and Open Forms. As an affiliate of CAA, WCA's proposal will be juried by CAA's Annual Conference Committee. Click here for more details from CAA.  If you have an interesting topic, emailpresident@nationalwca.org with: the title of the panel, one-paragraph description of the panel, potential panelist, and which of the four categories your proposal fits best. Your suggestions will be acknowledged, if I receive a compelling suggetion, you will win an award of $150. The deadline is July 1, 2012.

$1,500 Curatorial Residency
Have you dreamed of curating a show? WCA is offering a $1,500 curatorial residency that includes a month-long exhibition at San Francisco's Arc Gallery in the summer of 2013. Deadline for applications is September 7, 2012. Click here for details. To apply, go to www.nationalwca.org, click on the Membership tab, then clickGrants & Opportunities. Or, click here.   

Art Opportunity from CAPSIM for BFA and MFA Students

Art Exhibition Opportunities for BFA and MFA Students
by mariekazalia

Art Advisory, Ltd and Capsim Management Simulations, Inc. are seeking visual art submissions from BFA and MFA students, living in the Chicago area, to be included in bi-yearly corporate exhibitions.
Capsim is a global leader in business simulation technology and services designed to teach business acumen in any learning environment.  They are looking for 5 -10 artists for each exhibition in the Chicago downtown offices of Capsim.  Each artist selected will receive $500 to exhibit their work(s) for 6 months beginning June 1, 2012.  In addition to the stipend, Susan Blackman, President of Art Advisory, Ltd., a full service art consultancy, will conduct a seminar to review their work and their plans for becoming a successful artist.  Also, Capsim will host an opening for the exhibition.  As the exhibition hangs for 6 months and since each piece will be for sale, each artist will have the ability to show their work to prospective clients on a pre-arranged appointment through Art Advisory, Ltd.
Work Media:  All considered
Work Size:    Wall artwork: Maximum size – 8’ x 8’ 100 lbs
Sculpture: Maximum size – 4’ x 2’ 100 lbs
Selection Process:  All work will be carefully reviewed by Susan Blackman of Art Advisory, Ltd. and executives from Capsim.  We will consider each work based on its impact, creativity, style, composition, subject matter, technique, and storytelling.
Once your work is accepted, the work must be:
Framed or mounted with a wire affixed (saw-tooth hangers are
not permitted) and ready to hang.
Frames must be in good shape.
Note:  Entries will be handled with the greatest of care, however, Art Advisory, Ltd. and Capsim assumes no liability for work on its premises.  All works selected for exhibition must be for sale.  We will not take a commission on any sales.  Images selected for the show may be used for promotion of the exhibition now or in the future.
Artists, if this opportunity meets your needs, you will find hundreds more on CASIM's

YWC Sandy Spring Museum Performances (June 24, Sandy Spring Museum)

PlumDragoness "Transit Tales"- A solo performance of multi-media, dance, poetry & live music with visual projections that takes the audience on an urban influenced journey with communal & alienating factors that contribute to moments of "public transportation.

Bonnie MacAllister: "What the Water Wore" is a multimedia piece featuring live performance, projected film, prerecorded audio, and a small amount of audience participation.  The piece describes the fundamental right to clean water, the threats faced globally in our challenged ecosystems, through the perspective of the water herself if she were a woman living a village with no well or access to this life source.

“Gertrude for Dinner” is a physical theatre piece about women’s relationship with consuming food. Inspiration for this work comes from a traditional and contemporary meme, the image of eating spaghetti while crying. At first this is strikingly hilarious, but deconstruction reveals an issue with roots that span centuries. This image has been in western art consciousness from its Italian Renaissance origins in situational comedies known as Commedia Dell’arte. Today it can be viewed on hard-to-avoid websites such as eatingandcrying.com. The goal of this work is to show the resource of food as a multi-layered energy source for all women.

Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD

YWC Invites Solidarity with Detained Russian Band

Members of the YWC stand in solidarity for the release of Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Santsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova who are currently in pre-trial detention at least until April 21 (maybe 24th!), when the consideration of their case will be continued. They have been held under a suspicion that they were involved in a peaceful protest with a group known as ‘Pussy Riot’. The women deny these charges.  

Things you can do right now:  sign the petition and donate to legal fees:  

(some ideas:)
-post your own pussy riot solidarity video on youtube!
-organise some friends and do flashmobs in front of russian embassies!
-you could do flyers and posters!
-you could start a demonstration!
-you could do a pussy riot direct action! (perform in the streets!)
-change your profile picture! inform your friends! make noise!
-write protest mails (http://archive.kremlin.ru/eng/articles/send_letter_Eng1.shtml)
-organise a riot grrrl party to collect money for the three detained grrrls
-post your ideas here and inspire others!
Pussy Riot:
“Meanwhile, the girls, who are accused of involvement in our group are still continuing a hunger strike, now head of prison refuses to provide them with personal items, books and linens.[...]
But our team is not going to give up and stop their activities. The new song is already written. Now we are monitoring the situation and choose the right moment to speak, until all the forces we go to the arrested girls.[...]
We believe that every person is very ill in prison (or jail), regardless of their gender identity, the presence or absence of children. We are against the sexist approach to the Advocacy of political prisoners and ask for help all concerned to change the preventive measure to two people who find themselves behind bars now, regardless of their media fame, gender and whether they are mothers or not.[...]
Thanks to everyone who supports us and helps in the protection of prisoners in our business.
P.S. Beautiful pictures of the arrested girls are not going to give, they are worthy of attention and protection regardless of their appearance.
With warm greetings, Pussy Riot.”