Sunday, October 04, 2015

Finally, an Exhibition Devoted to the Women of Abstract Expressionism


First, let me ENCOURAGE our members to put their name forth as candidates for Chapter president (see the blog post right before this one).

Kristin has work tirelessly these past few years, and now needs to spend time with her daughter. THANK YOU KRISTIN! I would especially like to encourage our newer members to become involved. This Chapter can accomplish anything that its members envision.

This is a great segue to this post about women artists of the abstract expressionist movement. As arts writer, Jillian Steinhauer, recently wrote in an article for Hyperallergic:

"The paradigm of the “overlooked female artist” is both a cliché and a truth. We all know the art market is unceasingly hungry, and previously sidelined women artists are the perfect food. But that doesn’t change the fact that countless female artists have been ignored, forgotten, and stepped on, that movements defined by their male stars have entire other histories still in need of writing."

Perle Fine, “Early Morning Garden” (1957), oil paint and collage on canvas, 44 x 36 in, 
Collection Art Enterprises, Ltd, Chicago (image courtesy McCormick Gallery, Chicago, © AE Artworks, LLC) 

Read the full article HERE.

Saturday, October 03, 2015's time to pass the spoon.

Dear WCA members,                                             
The Philadelphia Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art was on the verge of collapse in 2013. I thought it was worth saving, so with a 9 month old in tow, I picked up the reins and worked to restructure and pull the organization back together during nap times and evenings.

Since I barely have a studio space and couldn’t devote much time to my own work, I thought I could help other women artists pursue their work and dreams while I was unable to, all while staying connected to the art world and making new connections.

I have to admit, it was a pretty bumpy start and I had no idea what I was doing, but together we navigated through some choppy waters and even a hurricane!

I appreciate all of the members who stood right beside me and helped to rebuild this chapter. It wouldn’t have happened without you. I am truly proud of the way this chapter has renewed itself.

We have a beautiful, strong membership full of wonderful, smart and talented women. The friendships, contacts and opportunities we’ve created are so special.

This past February, I went to the National WCA meeting in NYC (for free- thanks to our chapter’s grant) and met WCA leaders from all over the country. It was so inspiring to hear the different events they plan. There are so many opportunities to connect on a national and international level.

I am so proud of the scholarships we have awarded to several Moore College of Art and Design  Seniors and Philadelphia High School students; our“Connections” show at Holy Family University; all our informative studio visit workshops with members; and our upcoming “Old Enough to Know Better”show at Crane Arts.

However, my daughter will be 3 years old in just a few weeks, and it is time for me to “pass the spoon”. I need to hand over the reins of WCA Philadelphia Chapter to someone who has some time to devote to the chapter.  I can't do it any longer.

I am teaching high school full time, we are looking into buying a house next year, I'm trying to make my own work, and honestly, 
Sophia is growing up WAY too fast and I just don’t want to miss another minute.

The hard part is over. Our infrastructure is strong and all documents are on Google Drive. It will be a painless transition that I will be happy to walk you through. Through our efforts over the past two and a half years, we have made tremendous progress and now have an updated membership list with 45 members
Dixie O’Connor and Simone Spicer are on the By Laws Committee and have been hard at work excavating and constructing our chapter by laws. They have also traced our history back to to 1972 and found our show archives at thePhiladelphia Museum of Art! There are lots of ideas for a then and now type show.

Roz Bloom does an outstanding job posting interesting articles and relevant information on the WCA Philadelphia Chapter homepage. Teresa Unseld does an incredible job sending out our welcome letter to new members; we have business cards (thanks Debbie Miller) and an updated blog thanks to Emily Shnellbacher.

Virginia Maksymowicz is our trusted treasurer and advisor. Jude Lang has done some incredible graphic design work for us. Laura Petrovich-Cheneyposts to the blog occasionally and gives excellent advice when necessary.Sarah Bloom has helped out with PR.
Mailchimp is well established and I started a “Your WCA” feature so we can all get to know one another. At least three members have already offered to host studio visits for 2016! (Three is all we had this year- plus the show.). I want to stay connected as well because I truly value the friendships I’ve made over these years. The chapter is alive and healthy, it just needs you to keep watering it so it can continue to grow and thrive!

Please consider stepping up and leading the WCA Philadelphia Chapter further down the path of empowering and supporting women artists into the future. 
As of December 31, 2015, I will be resigning my position as President of the Philadelphia Chapter. Please consider taking the helm for a while. It would be terrible to let this chapter die after the community we’ve built.

We will be having elections on October 11, 2015 at Roz Bloom's studio. (Positions available: President, Vice President and Secretary).

Please email if you are interested and I will add your name to the ballot. I can assist with the transition over the next 3 months. 
Thank you for your time.
Kristin Osgood Lamelas
President, WCA Philadelphia Chapter

Your WCA: Rosalind Bloom

Your WCA: Rosalind Bloom

Rosalind Bloom attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and has an MA in Art History from Columbia University.

She has been a teacher, writer, and resident at 
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ucross Foundation.

Her mixed media paintings are in many public and
 private collections.

In addition to membership in the WCA, she is a founding member of Assemblage Artists Collective and an active member of Da Vinci Art Alliance.

Spirits in Istanbul

Rosalind Bloom                                                             
mixed media and collage                                              

Saturday, August 15, 2015

CALL FOR ART- Old Enough to Know Better



Please be aware that your application WILL say "Not Submitted" until we verify payment information, WCA status and number of pieces. 

We will change it manually to "Show to Jury". You can edit it during the time it is not submitted and changes will happen automatically. 

After you have paid through PayPal you don't need to do anything else. Please do not pay twice trying to resubmit. You CAN pay with any credit card on Paypal.

Also- please note that Entrythingy needs your images to be 1500px in WIDTH, not longest dimension as stated in a version of our prospectus. We are sorry for this oversight and any inconvenience it may have caused.

If you have any other questions, please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your entry and good luck!

Kristin Osgood Lamelas and Jude Lang


November 1—November 28, 2015
A juried exhibition sponsored
by the Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, of work by mid-career and emerging women, and women-identified, artists
35 years and older.

The contextual space of this show is the stubbornness and persistence of artistic vocation.

Crane Arts Gallery 105 1400 North American Street Philadelphia PA 19122

International call; open to mid-career and emerging women and women-identified artists, age 35 and older.

DIANE BURKO has had solo shows at the Locks
Gallery over the past 30 years. She has shown at the Zimmerli, Tang and Michener Museums, Tufts and Princeton University. She has received grants from the Independence, Lila Acheson Wallace, the Rockefeller and the Leeway Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Delaware and Woodmere Art Museums. She is the founder of Philadelphia’s FOCUS on Women in the Arts, a series of ground breaking events and exhibitions in 1974. In 2011, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women’s Caucus for Art.

EILEEN NEFF’s work is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia and by Bruce Silverstein in New York. Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Institute of Contemporary Art; the Rosenbach Museum and Library; the Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery; and at Artists Space and P.S.1 in New York. She has received grants from the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Leeway Foundation. She wrote for Artforum from 1989–2012. She currently teaches in the MFA programs of the University of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 15, 2015 NOTIFICATION: Sent to artists (by email): Sept. 15
DELIVERY: Monday, November 2, 2015 (for shipped work; see instructions).
Sunday, November 1, 2015: 12:00-4:00 pm Monday, November 2, 2015: 3:00-7:00pm
RECEPTION: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6-9pm
CLOSING DATE: November 28, 2015
PICKUP: Sunday, November 29 (1-3 pm)
MEDIA ACCEPTED: Open to all media. (Video artists, if accepted must supply ALL their own equipment.)

Entry Fee: $25 for WCA members /$35 for all others

  • Each artist is strongly encouraged to submit up to ten images through Entrythingy.
  • Digital submissions only
  • JPEG file format images only. For good image quality and fast upload, your image files should be sized at 1500 ppi in WIDTH
  • No more than ten images (3D submissions may include three additional image/each for a total of forty, 2D can have one detail if necessary)
  • Files must be labeled: lastname_title; in the case of 3D work, if more than one view is submitted, files must be labeled: lastname_title_1 and lastname_title_2
  • Provide one artist statement (max 500 characters) for the pieces you are submitting, please edit carefully.
  • Completed Entrythingy form and non-refundable fee must accompany submission; incomplete applications or improperly formatted images will be disqualified.

Artists chosen for exhibition are responsible for:
  • the delivery of their artwork to the gallery at the appointed date and time in a form ready for display (see guidelines below); otherwise,WCA reserves the right to refuse acceptance
  • signing a release form
  • providing their own insurance if desired
  • if delivering in person taking all packing materials back with them
  • picking up their artwork at the gallery at the appointed date and time or arranging for return delivery.
The WCA Philadelphia chapter is responsible for:
• jurying the exhibition
• hanging the artwork
• arranging a reception
• designing a digital postcard, which will be emailed to accepted artists
• publicity
• deinstalling the artwork • sta
ffing the gallery.

  • Artists are responsible for round-trip transportation
    of accepted works. Schedule for FedEx delivery on Monday November 2, 2015, with prepaid return slip enclosed. Works may be hand delivered or shipped prepaid with a return shipping label included in the package. Shipping and labeling instructions will be detailed in the acceptance letter. Shipped works will be returned in the same packaging materials in which they arrive, thus shipping containers must be strong enough for the return trip. Hand-delivered works must be wrapped or boxed for their protection.
  • The gallery has no provisions for accepting shipped packages aside from the drop off dates in this prospectus.
INSURANCE:• NONE. Although we will handle everything with care, insurance will NOT be provided by the WCA. We will not be responsible or liable for any damage or loss of artwork. Artists must provide their own insurance coverage if so desired.

• Any sales of artwork will be handled through WCA. A 20% commission will be retained on all works sold.

• Framed works must be outfitted with the proper hardware (picture wire, etc.)
• Work must be professionally ready to hang or display.
• If two-dimensional work requires alternative presentation, please confer with the jurors prior to delivery to determine if installation is feasible.
• 25-lb weight limit for wall-hung art
• If your work has special display requirements, please discuss this with us before delivery. All special requirements must be addressed well in advance.

Copyrights – All of the images that you must be submitting are images of original artwork created by yourself. Images submitted by you should not violate
the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyright or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity. You may not post, distribute, or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights.

Juror – If for any reason an announced juror is unable to judge the entries, the entries will be judged by the remaining juror.
Selected Artists – If your work is selected it will be your exclusive responsibility to deliver the actual artwork to the gallery and to make sure it is framed and/or gallery wrapped and ready to be displayed.
Usage of Images – We will have the right to publish images of your artwork selected by the jurors on all our social media and promotions.
Retention of Images – By uploading your artwork, you authorize us to retain the images of such uploaded artwork on our system until the conclusion of the show.
Changes in Schedule: WCA/Philadelphia reserves the right to change competition deadlines and dates due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control.
Fee – You agree that all competition fees are non- refundable.
Indemnity – You agree to indemnify and hold WCA/ Philadelphia, its officers, agents, representatives and employees harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, relating to any claim made by any third party due to or arising out of your violation of any of the foregoing terms
and conditions and/or any breach of your covenants, representations and warranties set forth above.
Agreement – Entering your work in this exhibition constitutes an acceptance of all the requirements set forth in this prospectus. 

Any questions please email

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Your WCA: Meet the President

Get to know WCA Philadelphia Chapter President, Kristin Osgood Lamelas
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Your WCA: Kristin Osgood Lamelas

Lamelas is currently the President of the Women’s Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter.
Kristin Osgood Lamelas is a Philadelphia born artist, currently living in New Jersey. She donated a kidney to her father in 2011. Since then, her mixed-media paintings reference aerial views of specific landscapes and images of cells from her own body.  
Lamelas earned a full scholarship to Moore College of Art and Design and earned her BFA. She received her art education certification from Rowan University, and is a graduate of the inaugural 2011 MFA class of Moore College Art and Design. She has traveled extensively and visited museums all over the world. She studied classical painting in Florence, Italy, Philadelphia and California. Her work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited locally, including the Woodmere Museum, Holy Family University and internationally in Venice, Bermuda and Ireland. Her work is in the permanent collections of Moore College of Art and Design and the Philadelphia High School for Girls.
Lamelas enjoys teaching graphic design and photography to her students at West Deptford High School and has been working there for the past thirteen years. In 2008 she was awarded the Art Educators of New Jersey's Teacher of the Year. Lamelas has served as VP of AENJ South and was elected President of the Women's Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter in July 2013. Since then she has worked very hard to rebuild and revive the chapter. WCA Philadelphia now has a strong and active community of female artists. She is happily married and loves life as a new mother.

Time Capsule Series
Below: Time capsule series, 4’x4’, cells, maps, acrylic, shellac, oil

Artist Statement
My work engages the dichotomies of figure and landscape. Through a process of layering, it encapsulates specific moments in time, drawing attention to our symbiotic relationship with nature. 

The intuitive, spontaneous gestures used in making the work provide evidence of the body physically in the final piece. Geometric grids are layered on organic shapes, demonstrating how chaos exists within order and order within chaos. 

Aerial views of the earth demonstrate the way it has been carved by man, like scars on the body. I use maps of specific locations and cells from my own body as a reference. The sense of looking simultaneously at both a microcosm and a macrocosm is created, encouraging the viewer to be enveloped and providing them the opportunity to investigate a natural topography created within the materials. 

Ultimately, these works celebrate the beauty and preciousness of life.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Miriam Schapiro (1923-2015)

Member Laura Petrovich-Cheney passed on an email from Joyce Kozloff with these words: "I am writing with the sad news that Miriam Schapiro died last night [June 20], peacefully. I don't have any more information, except that she had been ill recently. There will be a memorial, but it has not yet been planned. Please help us to spread the word in the community."

I first met Mimi when I was a grad student at the University of California, San Diego. Her husband, Paul Brach, had been the founding chair of the Visual Arts Department. Although they had left by the time I arrived in 1974, their presence was still very much felt. Mimi had a show at UCSD's Mandeville Art Gallery in 1975, and as a grad assistant I worked with art historian Moira Roth on the exhibition catalogue: The Shrine, the Computer and the Dollhouse.

See "Remembering Miriam Schapiro"on <>

We will miss you.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 17, 2015: Karen Love Cooler studio visit and presentation and chapter meeting

Old Enough to Know Better

The entries are rolling in for our upcoming "Old Enough to Know Better" exhibition at the Crane for November. The show will be juried by Eileen Neff and Diane Burko! 

Have you entered yet? If not, please enter here:

We have advertised in a multitude of places but can always use your help making this show successful! Please feel free to share this info with your networks. The prospectus is on our blog or I can email it to you.

We are also looking for members to assist with unpacking the work, hanging the show, gallery sitting, providing refreshments, repacking the work and shipping it out. Schedule to follow.

The next meeting is September 27th at Rosalind Bloom's studio. Mark your calendar! Here are the minutes from our May 17, 2015 meeting at Karen Love Cooler's house: 
Women’s Caucus for Art- Philadelphia Chapter
Karen Love Cooler studio visit and presentation and chapter meeting
(Left to Right, Jude, Karen, Dixie, Roz, Kristin- not shown: Linda and Eleanor- they had to leave early)
Date: May 17, 2015
Time:  2-4PM
Location: Karen Love Cooler’s home
Special thanks to Karen Love Cooler for graciously hosting our chapter meeting today! Your studio and work is beautiful and we appreciate your hospitality.
Presentation by Yufan Chen of:
Christopher Company, LTD.
8701 Torresdale Avenue, Suite Q
Philadelphia, PA 19136

Yufan’s father owns Seven Arts Framing in Old City:

Yufan Chen of Christopher Company Ltd. ( gave such an informative and interesting presentation today at the Women's Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter meeting. He gave us samples of the birch frames and the floating frames with hardboard inside (pre-treated with linseed oil and heat). You may use the wood as is, gesso it or they can gesso it for you. As with any wood, when finished, you should seal the wood to prevent any warping.  

Karen puts frog tape on the side of hers and gessos the top, then uses danish oil and butchers wax on the sides. The quality of these frames and painting supports is unmatched and the prices are great too. I won’t even attempt to make my own anymore. It’s not worth it. Eleanor explained the Chin Colle process of adhering japanese rice paper hinges and wheat paste onto wood for mounting works on paper inside a frame. Yafan’s floater frames are excellent for Encaustic work, frames can be made wider if necessary.

After Yuan left we discussed the upcoming Old Enough to Know Better Exhibition, By-laws progress and Awards.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Your WCA: Meet Simone Spicer!

Your WCA: Simone Spicer

Simone Spicer is a long time Philadelphia WCA member and is currently serving on our by laws committee. Simone is just a joy to be around; she is so humble about her work- which is truly remarkable! Simone has graciously offered to host a studio visit in 2016. 

"Simone Spicer's sculptures in trash comment on our culture's precarious relationship with the natural world.  She re- combines familiar objects, post consumer goods, in unexpected ways; playfully revealing the innocence of humanity, while addressing our dire need for collective awareness and vision for change. She has shown her recent works in trash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Seaport Museum and the Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia."  -Marcia Annenberg, Flomenhaft Gallery NY, NY

"I choose trash because it is so pervasive now and such a big problem to solve.  It also has so much rich information about our culture, our intelligence and our stupidity.  And it just feels good to repurpose.  So many artists are doing this now, creating beautiful things from waste.  Closing the waste loop, creating a zero waste environment as nature does, just feels good. “  

 Biography  Simone Spicer   2015

Simone Spicer is a sculptor who lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Simone’s education includes a BFA awarded 1986, in Sculpture from The Maine College of Art in Portland Maine, and an MFA in 1988, in Sculpture from the University of North Carolina.  Simone also attended the residency program, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan Maine on full scholarship.
Since 2008 Simone has been working primarily at her studio practice transforming trash into art.  This was preceded by many years of teaching part time at Holy Family University and various art centers in the Philadelphia region, and by many more years owning a small decorative painting and design business in Philadelphia.
Since diving into studio practice in 2008,  ‘emerging’ and in ‘mid career’, Simone’s highlights include, ‘featured artist’ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012, representing POST for the Center of Emerging Artists, in the museum’s ‘Art After 5’ series;  ‘Featured Artist’, in December of 2012 in the National Women’s Caucus for the Arts newsletter, and voted ‘Best of 2012’ by members online at the National Women’s Caucus for the Arts.

She received the Amelia Walker sculpture prize from the Woodmere Museum of Art in Philadelphia in 2013, and was awarded honorarium by New Hope Art Center for sculpture and was invited into the exhibition, ‘New Media’ there.  Simone was included in a national travelling exhibit organized by the NYC Chapter of WCA, juried by Eleanor Heartney, titled ‘The Petroleum Paradox’, which traveled from Denise Bibro Fine Arts in NYC to Narrows Art Center in Fall River Massachusetts.  Simone has exhibited her works in trash at The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Sandy Spring Museum in Maryland, and Porter Contemporary Gallery in NYC.

In addition to participating in numerous juried exhibitions in galleries, educational institutions and alternative spaces, Simone recently spoke on a panel at Flomenhaft Gallery in NYC, titled ‘Art, Activism, and Global Warming’.  The discussion was organized by the NYC Chapter of the WCA, and speakers included four artists and chief climatologist of NASA’s Goddard Space Institute on Climate Change, Dr. Gavin Schmidt.
Simone is also happy to receive the honor AGAIN of being a ‘Featured Artist’ in August of 2015 on the National Women’s Caucus for Art website homepage.  She is very grateful for the WCA!

Would YOU like to be a featured member? Send your biography, artists statement and photos of you and your work to me at

Kristin Osgood Lamelas
President, WCA Philadelphia Chapter