Saturday, August 15, 2015

CALL FOR ART- Old Enough to Know Better

OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER




PROSPECTUS

OLD
ENOUGH
TO KNOW
BETTER
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.


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

LOCATION:
Crane Arts Gallery 105 1400 North American Street Philadelphia PA 19122

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

JURORS:
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.
http://www.dianeburko.com

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. http://eileenneff.com

DATES:
ENTRY DEADLINE: August 15, 2015 NOTIFICATION: Sent to artists (by email): Sept. 15
DELIVERY: Monday, November 2, 2015 (for shipped work; see instructions).
DROP OFF DATES:
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:
Entry Fee: $25 for WCA members /$35 for all others

ENTRY PROCEDURE:
  • Each artist is strongly encouraged to submit up to ten images through Entrythingy. http://www.entrythingy.com/d=phila-wca.blogspot.com
  • 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 the longest dimension
  • No more than ten images (3D submissions may include one additional image/each for a total of twenty)
  • 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.

ACCEPTED WORK:
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.

DELIVERY/PICKUP OF ARTWORK:
Shipment:
  • 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.

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

GUIDELINES FOR HANGING
• 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.


SMALL PRINT:
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. 

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 Hyperallergic.com <http://hyperallergic.com/216461/remembering-miriam-schapiro-1923-2015/>


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: http://www.entrythingy.com/d=phila-wca.blogspot.com#dashboard

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
May172015.jpg
(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
215-331-8290

Yufan’s father owns Seven Arts Framing in Old City: http://sevenartsframing.com/contact/

Yufan Chen of Christopher Company Ltd. (http://christopherltd.com) 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 wcaphiladelphia@gmail.com.

Thanks!
Kristin Osgood Lamelas
President, WCA Philadelphia Chapter 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Congratulations Lauren Keesler

Congratulations Lauren Keesler!

Lauren Keesler is a Curatorial Studies graduating senior at Moore College of Art and Design

It was my great honor to present an award on behalf of the WCA Philadelphia Chapter to a graduating senior at Moore tonight. Special thanks to Jude Lang and Simone Spicer for helping to decide on a winner. There was SO much really STRONG work.

It was a challenge, but Keesler's piece really sealed the deal for us. Below is a copy of my speech and images of Keesler's thesis titled "Stand Together". She asks challenging questions about women and, through the headphones, you can listen to firsthand accounts of women telling their stories, viewers are then invited to share their own answers to the questions and share them on the wall.
"I stand before you today, not only as the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, but as a two time Moore alumna. I love this place! (Go Moore!)

Moore has a long history with the Women’s Caucus for Art and has supported this organization since it begun in 1972. Moore provided a place for the Philadelphia Chapter to meet and explore ideas. The WCA is committed to providing recognition, support and opportunities for women artists just like you and welcome you to join and get involved in our chapter. (I have lots of business cards- so come hit me up) We like to show our appreciation to Moore by recognizing one of its students with a scholarship and complimentary WCA membership.

I came here today with two of my colleagues and fellow WCA members, Jude Lang  and Simone Spicer. Together, we spent lots of time studying at all of the work on display. We were so impressed. Your work is very strong! We really struggled with choosing just one artist, as every one of you is extremely talented! 

We decided to give the award to someone who’s work had an especially powerful feminist message and one that embodies the spirit of which the WCA was formed. It is with great pleasure that we give the Women’s Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter Award to Lauren Keesler. Congratulations!"

-Kristin Osgood Lamelas, BFA '94, MFA '11

Lauren Keesler "Stand Together"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Your WCA: Meet Virginia Maksymowicz

Your WCA: Featured Member Virginia Maksymowicz


Virginia Maksymowicz is our Philadelphia Chapter Treasurer and has been a member of WCA since 1972. She is more knowledgeable about the history of the chapter than anyone, and is always so generous with her time and experience. Maksymowicz is an incredibly accomplished artist and we are so fortunate to have her as a mentor, advisor and supporter of the Women Caucus for Art. Thanks for all you do Virginia!

Meet Maksymowicz this Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 PM, she will be speaking at UPenn for the Women in Art Initiative on the panel discussion "Women Artists: Recognition, Representation and Promotion" in celebration of Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day.

Food will be provided. RSVP is encouraged. Location: University of Pennsylvania, Jon H. Huntsman Hall, Room F65.



Virginia Maksymowicz

Biography 
Virginia Maksymowicz (b. 1952, New York City) received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York(1973) and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego (1977). She has exhibited her work at the Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum, the Elizabeth Foundation and Grey Gallery in New York City, as well as in college, university and nonprofit galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. Locally, her sculptures have been on display at the Michener Museum (Doylestown), the Woodmere Museum (Philadelphia), and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Delaware Museum (Wilmington).

She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture (1984), and over the years has been honored with numerous other grants and awards. Her artwork has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The New York TimesNew York Newsday,The New Art Examiner and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her series, The History of Art, appears on the cover of The Female Body, published by the University of Michigan Press (1991).

She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome three times (2006; 2012; 2014), an artist-in-residence at the Powel House Museum in Philadelphia (2006- 2007), and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center (2007).

Maksymowicz is an Associate Professor of Art at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the MFA Studio Art program at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia..    
 
Statement:
Baskets of produce and bread, acanthus, Demeter and Persephone, Mary the Mother of God . . . all overlaid onto women’s bodies placed in the service of structural columns: caryatids and canephorae (who support overflowing baskets instead of architectural capitals) are, in many ways, the visual summation of human life and women’s fundamental role in supporting it.

In this excerps from the series Comparisons, I pair formally and conceptually equivalent images of women, overlaying them on panels of silk so that there is a shifting, visual interaction. A canephora from the Vatican Museums merges with a figurine from the folk art museum in EUR, Rome.
    
Comparison
Canephora (Etruscan Gallery, Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy)
Folk Statue (Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari, EUR, Rome, Italy)
inkjet print on silk
45”w x 96”h
2015
 
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Would you like to be a featured member? Email me your biography, artist statement, a photo of you and examples of your work.

Don't forget to renew your membership by April 1st, we are the PAP chapter (if not, we will have to remove you from our list. Don't let that happen!) We are planning an awesome show at the Crane in November called "Old Enough to Know Better". By being a member you can also participate in other chapters' national shows. Renew now! We have several events planned for the year. Join us. Come out to our next studio visit/ workshop with Karen Love Cooler on May 17th.

Happy Spring!
Kristin Osgood Lamelas
Philadelphia Chapter President