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.

Monday, January 09, 2017

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Dear Members,                                                                                        January 2017

Happy New Year! Winter is in full effect and it is time for us to do the same. Our next meeting will be

Thursday evening, February 2nd
Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catherine St.
Philadelphia, Pa.

We will have lots to discuss. I have not forgotten about the DivaNation collaboration, we may have to give ourselves a little more time is all. Meanwhile, please see our call for art below and get excited to create and spread the word!

Sarah R. Bloom
President, WCA Philadelphia Chapter
Where to park (aside from street parking)?
Municipal Parking Lot (Free) 719-35 Christian Street
Municipal Parking Lot (Free)  738-48 South 7th Street
Municipal Parking Lot (Free) S. 11th Street between Catharine and Fitzwater
Municipal Parking Lot (Free)  East Passyunk and Montrose Street
Patriot Parking Inc. 616 South 7th Street
Central Parking System 516 South Street

Member Call For Art

WCA Philadelphia presents:
April 2nd - 29th
Entry Deadline: February 27th
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice,
but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." -Elie Wiesel
Artists have always been interested in creating work, in all media, that addresses the social, political, and environmental issues of their times. A society’s artists are often the first to confront the biggest challenges facing its citizens, often through provocative means. Artists are invited to submit work that addresses injustice from any time period. The artwork may also point to the broader theme of art and injustice, by focusing on a particular artist or movement.
The Women's Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter (WCA) is pleased to announce an open call to all WCA Northeast Region Members and Non-Members (WCA chapters are listed as NH, Central Mass., Boston, NYC, Philadelphia). All media considered.
JUROR Mary Salvante has been working in the visual arts for over 20 years as a curator and arts administrator with a focus on visual art program development and planning of trans-disciplinary curatorial projects, public art installation programs, and artist in residence programs. Successful projects include her NEA award winning work as founding director of the environmental art program at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Now in its fifteenth year, the program was the first of its kind in Philadelphia and introduced ecological art installations and artist in residence programs to the public. Established funding with the NEA, William Penn, PA Council on the Arts, and Mid Atlantic Arts foundations. As Gallery Director at Rowan University, Mary has transitioned the Rowan University Art Gallery from a locally focused program to one now with regional impact through the curation of innovative contemporary art exhibitions resulting in Citation of Excellence Awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

  • Open to all WCA Northeast Region Members and Non-Members (NH, Central Mass., Boston, NYC, Philadelphia)
  • Original artwork completed in the last two years
  • All media considered
  • Images must be submitted by FEBRUARY 27th
  • Notification of acceptances delivered by MARCH 13th. Instructions in email for delivery
  • Delivery of accepted work:
  • Hand delivery Friday March 31 6-8pm; Saturday April 1 9am-11pm
    • Shipped work must be received NO LATER than Friday March 31
  • Opening reception Sunday April 2nd 4-7pm
  • Pick up of work:
    • Saturday April 29th 5-8pm; Sunday April 30th 10am-12pm
Philadelphia WCA is responsible for all press releases, listings, price lists, and gallery labels. Your participation is permission to include images of artwork in promotion. Artwork will be handled with great care, but Philadelphia WCA is not responsible for loss or damage. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Dear Members,                                                                                                                                 December 1, 2016

Can you believe it is already the end of the year?? I think we are probably all glad for this particular year to be over, but it went fast.  Thank you to the women who came out the other night to Scotts Mills for our meeting. We had some good discussion and the minutes are shared below!


  1. Are you interested in being on the exhibition committee? 
  2. Are you interested in collaborating with one of the DivaNation singers but couldn't register because the website is down? Let me know with your name and a link to an online portfolio if you have it, and I will pass it on.
  3. Do you have any specific skills that might be of use to the group and want to make yourself available? i.e. carpentry, graphic arts, website building, etc. Anything really! 
The exhibition committee will need to meet within the next two weeks to finalize decision about our show in April (social justice theme) at Da Vinci Art Alliance.

Sarah R. Bloom
President, WCA Philadelphia Chapter

Thank you to Bonnie's husband Ndokaa for taking the above photo! 

November Minutes

In attendance: Sarah Bloom, Rosalind Bloom, Bonnie MacAllister, Jude Lang, Marie Weaver, Simone Spicer, Nadia Kunz, Andrea Beizer

-Discovered that many of you are either not receiving the emails OR not bothering to click them open :)
Please be sure to check that you are receiving these emails, but know that I also post the content onto the Facebook Page AND to our little blog, so you do have two other ways of keeping informed.
--Going forward, we will be starting a Google Group so that we can not only share the newsletter information, but we can also share specific events and news with one another that may be relevant. Some of those events may be also then shared to the FB page.

-Discussion of DivaNation Mixer and how awesome it was, seems people are only interested once they hear me talk about it if they weren't at the mixer. Talk to me about it!! It is going to be amazing. Collaborating with incredibly talented singers. We have leads on several venues as possible performance/showcase spaces for either late April or early May. More than one show is a likely possibility. The website for registering to participate is down temporarily, will post when it is up. Meanwhile, contact me if you want to know more and/or wish to declare your participation.

  • Suggestions for other possible spaces were many. Already have good deal from L'Etage in South Philly and White Pines Productions in Elkins Park as potentials.
    • Synagogue (Jude)
    • Studio 34 
    • Fox at Penn, free, perhaps they also have performance space we could use?
    • Asian Art center?
    • Plastic Club is $250 for month, both floors, don't know how far they are booked
-APRIL show for just WCA in April at Da Vinci
  • Theme is how art impacts social justice
  • Exhibition committee needs to meet within next 2 weeks to discuss who show is open to, cost, whether it is juried, possible jurors, dates, etc. 
  • Press needs to go out by mid February.
-March is Women's History month... looking for ideas for one-day event we can do as a group?? 

-National WCA Conference is in NYC this February. Info here:

-Discussed ways in which to reach more members for meetings and diversify the group (age and race). 

  • Bonnie mentioned many young women left after Old Enough to Know Better (for women over 35). 
  • Many galleries and groups around area to reach out to. 
    • Imperfect Gallery in Germantown
    • Germantown Round Table group
  • Possibly sending out a SurveyMonkey to find out when are good times/days for members to meet.