Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Call for Art: Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art (Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China)

PictureChina Exhibition
Half the Sky: Intersections of Social Practice Art
 2014


WCA's International Caucus has created a global opportunity for BOTH women artists and WOMEN essayists. We are so very fortunate to offer this 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 some amazing jurors:  Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator at Museum on 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.

Overview
Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art is follows on the heels of Woman + Body, our October 2012 collaboration with Hye-Seong Tak Lee and women artists in Seoul and Gwangju, South Korea. In March 2013, International Caucus member Jing Deng, through her friend and artist Yin Ou Zhao, who lives in China, arranged for the International Caucus of the Women's Caucus for Art to be invited by the Wei Er Shen,  President of LuXun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China to create an art and cultural exchange and exhibition between artists and essayists juried through WCA and women artists curated in China by Yin Ou. This will  be held at the Academy April 15-30, 2014.  In addition to the exhibiiton, Half the Sky: Intersections of Social Practice Art  will include a small delegation of selected WCA members, who will travel to Shenyang for the opening of this exhibition and to participate in 2-3 days of interactive events with the Chinese artists and, possibly, students of the Academy.

The academy is interested in providing an opportunity for Chinese women artists to interact with artists from our organization, to learn more about feminist art history in the west and share their art with our artists. LuXun  is one of the premier art academies in China and is located in Shenyang - the major metropolitan area of northeast China.  Shenyang is about 5 hours from Beijing and major US airlines fly there. The father of Jing’s friend Yin Ou Zhao taught many of the currently famous Chinese artists, including Wei Er Shen.

Social Practice Art
Social practice art  encompasses a wide range of art forms - public art, interactive media, performance, dialogue, activism, community practice, community building, interventions, and collaborations that cross art, public and social arenas. This project's cultural exchange is in itself a social practice form of art.  In the exhibition, artwork from our juried process and the curated Chinese artists will create a powerful environment in which the delegation and Chinese women artists and students will interact in a  variety of events - creation of collaborative art, dialogues, demonstrations, sharing of the catalog essays and  techniques and more.
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LuXun Academy of Fine Arts
Dates/Location
Exhibition
April 15-30, 2014
LuXun Academy of Fine Arts
Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China

Submission Deadlines
Call for Art:  October 6, 2013
Call for Essays:  October 13, 2013

Eligibility
Open to all self-identified women in the US. Current international WCA members are also welcome. 


Entry fees
WCA current members - $30 per submission - with three files per submission fee. Each file may include 1) up to four JPEG views of one piece of art or 2) a .doc or .pdf. or 3) a video in .mov or .mp4 plus up to three JPEG stills or 4) an .mp3 audio file or 5) a .gif.

Renewals for 2014 WCA memberships open on October 1, 2013. We look forward to your continued membership.

Non-members - $40 per submission - with three files per submission fee. Each file may include 1) up to four JPEG views of one piece of art or 2) a .doc or .pdf. or 3) a video in .mov or .mp4 plus up to three JPEG stills or 4) an .mp3 audio file or 5) a .gif.

We encourage you to join our organization for future social practice art, exhibitions opportunities, essay opportunities and networking. Join WCA through the national website link http://www.nationalwca.org/applicants/application.php 
between October 1 and the submission deadline October 6, and you will qualify for the member entry fee rate of $30. Your WCA membership wil be good through December 2014. 

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