Saturday, June 09, 2018

Member News: Sarah Bloom's Photographs at DaVInci Art Alliance

Sarah Bloom's exhibition at the DaVinci Art Alliance, "The Impermanence of Being," is on display from June 6 through June 17. These evocative and sensuous photos, self-portraits in abandoned buildings and trash-strewn lots, were shot over a span of 12 years. A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

There will be an artist's reception on Sunday, June 10, from 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

Down in a Garden Old with Years

Ursula von Rydingsvard at the Fabric Workshop and Museum!

"The Contour of Feeling," a solo show by acclaimed sculptor, Ursula von Rydingsvard, is on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia until August 26.

This 18-year retrospective is one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Ursula's work ever mounted. The show is complemented by two monumental outdoor sculptures in the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which will be on display until April 28, 2019.

Member News: "Structural Transparencies" at Phillips Museum

This spring, Virginia Maksymowicz mounted a solo show, "Structural Transparencies," at the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Julia Marsh, Curator of Exhibitions, put together the show and edited the catalogue with an essay by Margo Hobbs, Associate Professor of Art History and Department Chair at Muhlenberg College. Margo is currently President of the National Women's Caucus for Art and Julia is President-Elect.

You can see a copy of the catalogue and read Margo's essay here.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Women Artists at Miami Art Week

Although it is no surprise that women artists are still underrepresented at Miami Art Week, this year two events in particular were designed to highlight the inequities.

Philadelphia Chapter member, Virginia Maksymowicz, attended the opening reception and followup dinner for FAIR, the alternative, all-female fair being held at the Brickell City Center, a shopping mall in downtown Miami.

photo credit: David Prutting/ & Samuel Rivas/World Red Eye

Most amazing to see were large installations by the Guerrilla Girls throughout the mall:

photo credit: Blaise Tobia/

Also of interest was a panel discussion led by artnet News writer, Sarah Cascone, "Feminist Art for a New Era: Harnessing the Power of Art in the Fight for Women’s Equality," at SCOPE. Panelists included: artist, Zoe Buckman; Carolina García Jayaram, President & CEO of National YoungArts Foundation; Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial & Exhibitions Director, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center; and Mashonda Tifrere, Founder of ArtLeadHer.

A shout-out was given to Accola Griefen, one of the only galleries dedicated to representing the work of women artists. Their booth was part of Context Art Miami, and it featured Gina Adams, Nancy Cohen, Louise Kramer, Judy Pfaff and Renee Stout.

photo credit: Blaise Tobia/

La lucha continua!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Women, Art, & Technology

Exhibition at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts
October 8th - December 8th

"Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art, & Technology 1968-1985" is a multi-venue project surveying a generation of pioneering female new media artists, reconsidering their role as technology innovators who helped shape the information age.

The core of the project takes place at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts at 333 South Broad Street in Philadelphia.

Rutherford VDU operator, Ruth Jeans  10/06/76


Beryl Korot
Jennifer Bartlett
Sonia Landy Sheridan
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Catherine Jansen
Pati Hill
Laurie Spiegel
Dara Birnbaum
Shigeko Kubota
Joan Jonas
Lynda Benglis
Mary Ross
Howardena Pindell
Lillian Schwartz

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chapter Member Roz Bloom on WHYY!

Besides being an active member of the Philadelphia WCA Chapter, Roz Bloom has been a member of another collective called Assemblage, a group of artists who have been supporting each other for 37 years.

Roz was interviewed by Peter Crimmins for WHYY's Newsworks Tonight in connection with the group's current exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum, which runs until September 3.


Rosalind Bloom, Bird Song, collage, mixed media, transfer print on wood panel, 18 x 24’

There is a museum reception on Sunday, May 21, from 1:00 -4:00 pm.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

March Studio Meeting

Greetings Everyone!

I am just back from the National conference in NYC and am filled with inspiration. I'm itching to get us together sooner rather than later, so our next meeting will be at Virginia Maksymowicz' studio. Our regular meeting will be followed by Virginia sharing some of her work with us. You don't want to miss this! 
Saturday March 18th  2pm
At Virginia Maksymowicz' studio!
3719 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia 
(across from United bank)


Hope to see you there! If anyone needs assistance getting there, let me know and I will help you figure something out.

A Facebook Event page will be created as well. 

Sarah R. Bloom
Chapter President

P.S. Apologies for not keeping up with cross-posting to this blog. If you didn't get to see the minutes from the Feb meeting, email me and I'll send them to you.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Dear Members,                                                                                         February 5, 2017                                                             
We had a really great meeting this past Thursday evening at Da Vinci Art Alliance. Thanks to those who made it. The minutes for that meeting are below.

I have two requests for you all first. 

1. Anyone out there in our membership experienced at writing press releases?

2. Anyone out there willing to host a meeting in your studio space at some point? I'd like our next meeting to be a weekend afternoon to give some opportunities to those who cannot come out on a weeknight. Looking at either the first or second weekend of March. The meeting would then incorporate you showing us your work and a discussion about it if you wished. Or perhaps you have a technique to share/teach? Email me if you are interested in hosting next month's meeting or any ones in the future!

Sarah R. Bloom
President, WCA Philadelphia Chapter
Philadelphia WCA Meeting - Thurs. Feb. 2, 2017
Chaired by Sarah Bloom, President of the Chapter
Attended by Susan Richards, Donna Quinn, Jennifer Johnson, LorRie Payne, Dixie O’Connor,
Liz Krick, and Rosalind Bloom.
-Brief history of the organization for the benefit of newcomers.
-Recap of dues and what is included.
Old Business;
Collaboration with DivaNation currently on hold. Will be revisited assuming there is sufficient interest on the part of both groups.
Art in the Age of Injustice. Upcoming show for April at DaVinci Art Alliance. April 2 -29thOpen to all women (and those who identify as women) in the Northeast region of the WCA, members and non-members. Chapters are listed on National WCA page as New Hampshire, Central Mass, Boston, NYC and Philadelphia. $20 for members. $35 non-members. Deadline Feb. 27thEnter via EntryThingy here:
We need someone to write a press release asap.
We need to promote the show hard as deadline is approaching fast.
-Discussion regarding fairness of entrance fees to be taken up at a later date.
-Sarah reported that she will be setting up a Google Group for the chapter as discussed at the previous meeting.
New Business
--National WCA Conference coming up this month. Sarah gave everyone print-outs about the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Dixie moved to send Sarah to NY to attend the WCA conference. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously after assurances were made that there was enough money in the Treasury.
--Sarah reported on a proposal from Linda Lin of the Women’s Art Initiative at Penn.
We listened to a tape of Linda presenting her idea; “Feminism Across Generations”.
This exhibition and series of events would take place in the Spring of 2018, in the Fox Gallery at Penn and would be a collaboration between our two groups. The gallery is rented to student groups at no cost and Linda is applying for a grant from Penn to cover other expenses. The project would seek to examine the legacy of feminist art of the past compared with and in contrast to contemporary feminist art. If possible, another venue might extend the reach of the exhibition.
Members were excited and interested in the idea both for its own sake and for the opportunity it would provide to attract younger artists to the WCA. Liz was interested in involving street artists, who tend to be younger, and would extend the concept to an urban context. (tagging, yarn bombing, sticker art, etc.). Jennifer mentioned “art boxes” as another outside the gallery walls idea.
Street art sparked a discussion of the Mural Arts Program and generated interest in a possible future project: a mural devoted to feminism/feminist art. Sarah said she would investigate how to get such a project considered by Mural Arts.
--Susan Richards brought a piece she is working on. She was looking for input on a particular problem regarding presentation. Everyone enjoyed looking at this work in progress and Lori Payne came up with a solution that Susan was happy to entertain.
--Old business was made new when the issue of chapter by-laws was brought up. Dixie, after a break last year, is ready to renew her commitment to creating by-laws for the chapter (along with Simone Spicer, if Simone is still willing). Susan made a motion to that effect and it was seconded by Donna. Whether the chapter should pursue legal non-profit status was tabled for discussion at some future date.
The meeting adjourned at 8:00.
Minutes submitted by Rosalind Bloom.