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C4AA Alumni Spotlight: Cecilia Lim

Cecilia Lim is a Queens-based artist, designer, and community-based trainer and capacity builder who believes that we thrive when we connect to ourselves, each other, and our environment.

This Saturday – Celebrate “The Year of the Dog”!

Whimsical Animal Art – Dana Feagin Art

 “The Year of the Dog”
Saturday, June 23rd 3-6PM
Ashland Art Center
Join me, along with other local artists, this Saturday afternoon for art, wine, snacks and fun, in celebration of dogs! The first 50 attendees receive a swag bag filled with goodies, including an art magnet from me and a cake pop from Kat von Cupcake. This event benefits Southern Oregon Humane Society and the Ashland Art Center. Hope to see you there!
Copyright © 2018 Dana Feagin, All rights reserved.

Take Action Now- Take two minutes to contact your Senator

Dear Arts Advocate,

June is a packed month of arts action!

This week, the U.S. Senate is taking its turn following the exciting House action last week in approving a $2 million funding increase each for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

You are receiving this email because your U.S. Senator serves on this powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and will be considering funding for the two Endowments this week!  Take two minutes to contact your Senator again today, even if you’ve been in touch in the past on the FY 2019 request. Send a customizable message in support of a minimum of $155 million for the NEA and NEH.

This quick action follows some key constituent meetings in Washington, DC, last week, with members serving on this committee. We need your help to continue to press upon your U.S. Senators how important this funding is to your state.

We will keep you posted on the outcomes. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee will be considering funding for the NEA and NEH.  And on Thursday, the full Senate Appropriations Committee will be considering the bill.

Thank you for taking this quick action today!


Want to do more? Help us continue this important work by also becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund.
If you are not already a member, play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today – it’s free and easy to join.

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Woman Made June 2018 Call for Art

21st International Open

Exhibition Dates: August 17 – September 8, 2018

Final Entry Due Date: June 15 , 2018

Juror: Nia Pushkarova

Prizes Awarded:  Best of Show $500 / 2nd Place $250 / 3rd Place $100.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT WORK
https://womanmadegallery.submittable.com/submitCall for Art for all female identified artists worldwide to submit artwork for this open exhibition. All themes, styles, and media will be considered. Artwork that explores or challenges conceptual and material boundaries is encouraged. 

The application fee for our juried exhibitions is $30 for up to three images of work, plus one detail image if necessary. A limited number of artists who experience financial hardship may be exempt from paying the entry fee; please send us an email to request a fee waiver:[email protected]. All applicants should submit an artist’s statement about their body of work. Accepted artworks must not exceed 72″ horizontally and must not have been previously shown at WMG.About the Juror: Nia Pushkarova

Nia Pushkarova is a multimedia artist and curator. She graduated with a Fine Art degree from the University of Reading, England in 1995, receiving a Kodak award upon her graduation. She is the founder and director of NGO IME since 2004, responsible for organizing Water Tower Art Fest in Sofia, Bulgaria. Pushkarova is part of Artist Initiative Network since 2014, and cofounder and  member of the Bulgarian Festival Association. She participated internationally, both as an artist and organizer, including in the 2017 Nakanojo Biennale, Japan; at EFFE Festival Academy, Atelier for young festival managers, Chiang in 2016; at Parabiosis 3, ”Communication and Co-Existence,” Chongqing, China; and in Mexico, Coahuila “Raya En El Agua.”

In her work, Pushkarova deals with issues related to feminism, localism, and geopolitics, while connecting conceptual and political oriented practice with moments of the autobiographical and poetic. She lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria. For more information visit:   http://nia.watertowerartfest.com

Banner Image: Performance by Nia Pushkarova

Language of the Voiceless
Art Inspired by, and in Memoriam to Artist Nancy Hild
Exhibition Dates: September 28 – October 20, 2018
Entry Due Date: July 15 , 2018
Juror: Jeramy Turner

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Nancy’s world was one of secrets: secret symbolism, hidden drawers, compartments within compartments, an anger and intense strength that was shielded behind floral arrangements, chicken feathers, pug dogs, and a gently scathing humor….but upon closer scrutiny these pleasantries were often plastic.  Blow up toys, easily punctured, and vulnerable in their inertness.

Nancy exposed her anger at a world that trampled upon women and animals with equal nonchalance, and she did so by creating a silent language of detail and quietude, submerging her figures in the silence of black velvet encasement.

In homage to this otherworldly artist, Woman Made Gallery is asking for art that emotes that which cannot be put into words: women’s anger, women’s sadness, women speaking to each other in tongues only they can understand.  And animals, as representations of vulnerability and simultaneous resilience.  This is a call for art of emotion, above all…..a call for the expression of voicelessness

The application fee for our juried exhibitions is $30 for up to three images of work, plus one detail image if necessary. A limited number of artists who experience financial hardship may be exempt from paying the entry fee; please send us an email to request a fee waiver:[email protected]. All applicants should submit an artist’s statement about their body of work. Accepted artworks must not exceed 72″ horizontally and must not have been previously shown at WMG.

About the Juror: Jeramy Turner

Jeramy Turner’s primary concern has been for many years the use of art and film to expand consciousness and foment the questioning everything. She wants art to shatter complacency, to disturb and delight viewers and to send them home with a new way of seeing the world.

Turner is a self-taught artist, whose paintings are most often depictions of capitalists’ vulnerability.  She has also a long history of running alternative cinemas, mostly in Chicago. She established the international radical feminist art collective, “SisterSerpents” in 1989, which Jesse Helmes decried as a “hate group” against unborn children. Turner has taught and lectured on the conjuncture of political involvement in art and feminism at numerous universities and institutions in the US (Chicago, Boulder, Jersey City,Cornell).  Her work has been exhibited in London, Berlin, Vienna, Stockholm, Hamburg, Bergen, Norway, and at many alternative and university galleries throughout the US.  Her work is represented in Vienna with Treadwell Galerie, and in New York with Limner Gallery. View Jeramy Turner’s work here: www.jeramyturner.com.

Image: Artwork by Nancy Hild

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ABOUT WOMAN MADE GALLERY
Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its mission is to support, cultivate, and promote the diverse contributions of women in the arts through exhibitions and other programs that serve, educate, and enrich our community. We rely on membership contributions and individual donations to create the programs that support our mission.

Guild Hosts Conversation with with Acclaimed Artist & Educator, Jason Graham (Hip-Hop Name MOsley WOtta)

Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project offers unique and exciting conversation at Southern Oregon Guild

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Community Conversation to Explore “What We Risk – Creativity, Vulnerability, and Art”

Snacks & Social 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Interactive Program 4:00 – 5:30

Made Possible by Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Free Program

Donations Appreciated

Pre-registration Helpful Call 541-5019

Location: Guild Gallery & Art Center at RCC, Kerby 24353 Redwood Highway, Kerby, OR

www.southernoregonguild.org [email protected] with Acclaimed Artist & Educator, Jason Graham (Hip-Hop Name MOsley WOtta – check him out on TEDx)

 

Bowls of Hope Fights Hunger and Celebrates Art

Bowls of Hope Event Raises Funds to Feed the Hungry in Jackson County

ACCESS, Options for Southern Oregon and local restaurants collaborate

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On Thursday, May 17 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Ramada Conference Center in Medford, the non-profit organizations ACCESS and Options for Southern Oregon invite the public to “Bowls of Hope.”

This new fundraising event celebrates the community and local artists in a collaboration to help fight hunger and serve people of all ages who have mental health needs in Jackson County.

Bowls of Hope features hand-painted ceramic bowls crafted by local students and artists. Attendees will select and take home a bowl as a memento and reminder that thousands of bowls in Jackson County go unfilled every year.

Local restaurants are donating soups, breads and desserts to serve attendees. All soups will be voted on and one restaurant will win the “People’s Choice – Soup of the Year” award. The event also features live entertainment and a silent auction.

Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at ACCESS, 3630 Aviation Way in Medford, online at www.accesshelps.org or at Art in Bloom at the Art4Joy booth. For tickets and more information, call 541-774-4312 or 541-244-4138.

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Soul Box Project- Art Revealing the Gunfire Epidemic

So much has happened and so it goes…

The last newsletter we sent was all about the flurry of the March for Our Lives activity. We are pleased to report all our combined efforts made for a very successful participation in the march. As a friend said, as we loaded the packs of 100 into the van at the end of the rally, “This was a 10 out of 10!!” Her enthusiasm, and yours, is what makes this Project GO!

We got lots of compliments on the organization of this action but it never would have happened without the stalwart help of several volunteers. On the days before the march they spent hours assembling the backpacks for the boxes and the flyer pouches which kept our handouts accessible but dry.
We had more than enough people to carry the 47 bags of 100 Soul Boxes and participants ranged in age from 11 to 80. High school students signed on and proudly carried our new Soul Box banner. It was generous of PNCA to allow our staging in their beautiful lobby – it would have been a struggle outside. And then at the end, EVERY single bag came back to First Congregational Church. Well done, everyone!
The Soul Boxes DID get noticed. Feedback like this was typical from various sources:
I saw some folks carrying bags of soul boxes at the March for Our Lives, and thought it was such  a great way to help visualize the massive numbers of gun victims.  And I also liked that this provided me a way to act  that might even have an impact  — I’m tired of being angry/depressed/appalled … at the way ‘thoughts and prayers’ after each mass shooting lead to absolutely no change”.

It takes a Village, and then a Nation

So far the vast majority of the Soul Box count has come from Portland where the word has has been passed from friend to friend, to churches, to schools to community. We know this can happen all over the nation, and when it does we need to be ready to move forward.

Although there will be events between now and the year’s end, we are intent on getting 36,000 Soul Boxes representing the average annual number of gunfire victims to display at the Oregon State Capitol on Feb.15, 2019. This date will coincidentally be the day after the first anniversary of the Parkland shooting, which will bring focus to the press coverage of this one-day exhibit.

Here is a chart of the trend so far – we need to step it up in order to meet the 36K goal and continue on towards larger national exhibits. 

As we move forward funding becomes more important. We have gone beyond the basics of website, PO Box rental, paper, etc.

Our immediate need is a space, for storage and to work on display proto-types. We also need funds and volunteers to help staff the management and promotion of the Project. All tangible donations can be tax-deductible.

Three ways to send financial contributions

Tax Deductible Contributions: We’re pleased to announce that we now have a fiscal sponsor! Fractured Atlas is “a national organization that supports Individual artists at every level of the cultural ecosystem — performing, visual, literary, design, media, and everything in between — as well as arts organizations, from one-person outfits to the biggest of the big”.
When you click this DONATE link you will land on The Soul Box Project page on the Fractured Altas site. Enjoy the short video we made to introduce the Project. Your donations to The Soul Box Project via Fractured Atlas are tax deductible

As our nonprofit grantor, Fractured Atlas deducts a 7% administration fee of which 3.5% are credit card fees. It feels right that the rest of the fee is used to help other projects find a voice through artistic expression.

Contribute directly to The Soul Box Project: If a tax deduction is not important, you can contribute directly to The Soul Box Project.

  • CLICK HERE  to use your credit card or PayPal – 3.5% fee charged
  • Or, send a check made out to The Soul Box Project to:
    PO Box 19900
    Portland, OR 97280 
  • Contributions made directly to The Soul Box Project are not tax deductible. 

We have received nearly 9000 Soul Boxes. Thank you!

In order to reach our exhibit goal we need almost 100 Boxes a day for the rest of the year. This is doable. That’s 20 random people making 5 Soul Boxes on any day, or 7 churches or schools making 100 a week.
  • If you are mailing there is no need for Priority Mail. Ground service is inexpensive and will deliver your Soul Boxes just fine.
  • If you live in the Portland area there are now 2 drop-off locations for your convenience.
  • We could use more, so let us know of other possible locations, wherever you live. 
A group in Tucson, Arizona posted: “I am beyond grateful! Today 15+ people created 142 Soul Boxes. Thank you Tap & Bottle for allowing us to take over. Keep folding friends, and let’s do it again soon!”
The creative use of a theme was used for multiple Soul Boxes from Denver, Colorado. “The Day the Music Died” honors those lost in mass shootings from years ago to the present. 
Bravo for the volunteers who organized the Soul Box making event at their local library! Twenty-two people of all ages stopped by and 144 more Boxes were added to the total.
A supporter’s wine cellar turned Soul Box storage room will be too small too soon. Who knows of a storage space that could be a tax-deductible donation to the Project?

…and on it goes!

There is so much to tell between newsletters, so now we also have a blog. This is where we have a chance to tell the background stories, celebrate what members of our team are doing, report our wins and setbacks, and share what others have shared with us (that’s an invitation).  We have just begun but we are excited about this new addition to the Project. We think you will find yet another layer of meaning and connection in The Soul Box Blog & News.
Copyright © 2018 The Soul Box Project, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:

The Soul Box Project

PO Box 19900

PortlandOr 97280

Gan Golan

  “If we can somehow observe the process that happens between a work of art and an idea

Watch Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud champ compete live at nationals, a call for grant panelists and one of our own exhibits at the Smithsonian!

April 2018

News & Updates

Watch Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud champ compete live at nationals, a call for grant panelists and one of our own exhibits at the Smithsonian!

Watch live!

Oregon POL champ competes at national contest April 24

Help cheer on Oregon’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud Champion, Sarah Calvin-Stupfel of West Salem High School, when she participate in nationals April 23-25 in Washington, DC.
Watch Sarah’s performance live between 2 and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24. If she advances she will compete in the finals April 25.Enjoy an excerpt of Sarah’s winning performance at the state contest here.
Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts​ and the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine​ in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission and other state arts agencies.

2018 Poetry Out Loud champion Sarah Calvin-Stupfel, right, with runner-up Amy Jarvie from Oregon School for the Deaf.

Amanda Wojick exhibits in Governor’s Office

Eugene artist Amanda Wojick will exhibit “The space is always” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through May 31.
Wojick’s work explores a collision of abstraction and everyday life. Using layered texture, vibrant colors and irregular shapes, she weaves together elements of painting, sculpture and collage. “The Space is Always” includes works inspired by common materials found within the space of her home.
An exhibit in the Governor’s office is considered a “once in a lifetime” honor.
Read the full release.

“Bricks on Yellow,“ 2017. Wood, paper, paint. 22 x 30 x 1 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo Jonathan Bagby

Grant panelists needed to review, score proposals

The Arts Commission invites those interested in serving as grant panelists to submit a nomination form.
Selected panelists will read, review and score applications on-line and meet once by teleconference to provide final application ranking. Commission staff will provide a panelist orientation and training.
Individuals with experience in a variety of arts and non-profit disciplines including music, dance, film/media, interdisciplinary arts and arts learning are needed. Panelists from different artistic disciplines who bring a regional perspective from throughout the state, and a variety of backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to participate.
Contact [email protected] with questions.

One of Oregon’s own exhibits

at Smithsonian!

Tyler Fuqua, an artist from Eagle Creek, has one of his creations displayed as part of the “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” exhibition through Jan. 21, 2019.
Tyler’s project, “Thorax: Ambassador of the Insects,” is made from mostly reclaimed materials including more than 50’ of EL wire, a color changing chest emblem and four fully articulated wings.
“No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” brings the large-scale, participatory work from the famous desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.

“Thorax: Ambassador of the Insects” by Tyler Fuqua, now on display at the Smithsonian.

Upcoming grant deadlines

Oregon Arts Commission | Phone 503-986-0082 | www.oregonartscommission.org

Wordplay Call for Art from Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery

Wordplay

Exhibition Dates: July 6 – 28, 2018

Final Entry Due Date: April 28, 2018
Juror: Vernita Nemec

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT WORK
https://womanmadegallery.submittable.com/submit Intertwined throughout history, text and image have been used to deliver message and effect change. From sketchbooks to video, poetic thought to political activism, artists have added letters, numbers and words to give meaning to their art.

This exhibition serves to highlight the voice of all female identified artists who use text and image or text as image as a means of creative expression. Works in all media are welcome and encouraged.

The application fee for our juried exhibitions is $30 for up to three images of work, plus one detail image if necessary. A limited number of artists who experience financial hardship may be exempt from paying the entry fee; please send us an email to request a fee waiver:[email protected]. All applicants should submit an artist’s statement about their body of work. Accepted artworks must not exceed 72″ horizontally and must not have been previously shown at WMG.About the Juror: Vernita Nemec

Vernita N’Cognita aka Vernita Nemec is a visual/ performance artist/ curator who has exhibited her art throughout the world.

Her artwork ranges across a variety of disciplines, from creating installations, m/m collages and tangible art objects such as the “Endless Junkmail Scroll to the creation of performance art that conceptually investigates theatre and its edges – using language, space, and time, silence and stillness as well as movement and voice as an instrument of self-expression.

In the 90’s she served for a decade as the Director of Artists Talk On Art interviewing art world luminaries such as Irving Sandler, Rob Storr, Jerry Saltz, Nancy Spero, Peter Plagens and Robert Rosenblum. She was an independent curator at Henry Street Settlement for the Arts and currently, is the director of Viridian Artists, art gallery in Chelsea, NYC.

In 1995, she assumed the name VERNITA N’COGNITA in homage to under-recognized artists. In addition to her ongoing artistic output, she has curated and organized important exhibitions of art from recycled materials (“Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination”) throughout the U.S., for which she received a Kauffman Foundation Fellowship and a grant from the Puffin Foundation.

Nemec AKA N’Cognita has presented her art in a variety of venues: galleries, universities and experimental spaces in the US, Mexico City, Darmstadt & Frankfurt in Germany; Dublin, Ireland and Tokyo, Japan. She has received funding for her performance art from the Jerome Fnd and the NEA and in 2010 and 2015 was invited by Movement Research to perform at Judson Church where performance art came alive in the 60’s.

http://www.ncognita.com/

Image below: Artwork by Trina Merry – https://womanmade.org/is-there-a-mother-in-the-house/

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2150 S. Canalport 4th Fl, Chicago, IL 60608
Enter through Parking Lot at North Entrance on 21st Street
312.738.0400 | Email | Website
Gallery Hours: Thur-Fri 12 – 6pm & Sat-Sun 12 – 4pm

ABOUT WOMAN MADE GALLERY
Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its mission is to support, cultivate, and promote the diverse contributions of women in the arts through exhibitions and other programs that serve, educate, and enrich our community. We rely on membership contributions and individual donations to create the programs that support our mission.