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Winter Exhibition Celebrates Women in the Arts

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, January 9, 2014 • 1:46pm

SUMMIT, NJ - This Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will present "Women Choose Women Again", revisting the historic ground-breaking exhibition from 1973, Women Choose Women.  Presented at The New York Cultural Center, the show was instrumental in breaking down barriers for female artists.  Co-curated by Mary Birmingham and Katherine Murdock, the new exhibition commemorates the fortieth anniversary of Women Choose Women and celebrates the community of female artists.  Thirteen of the artists who participated in the 1973 exhibition were each invited to show a recent work and to choose another female artist worthy of recognition.

The exhibition will utilize all three Art Center galleries and, like its predecessor, will incorporate a diverse range of artwork and media including painting, works on paper, photography, sculpture and video.  With the help of some of the original exhibiting artists and related programming, the exhibition will reaffirm the importance of activism, collaboration and networking—all ideas that are still relevant and necessary today.

Featured artists include: Pat Adams, Virginia Cuppaidge, Lois Dodd, Audrey Flack, Mary Frank, Yvonne Jacquette, Joyce Kozloff, Faith Ringgold, Arlene Slavin, Joan Snyder, Pat Steir, Michelle Stuart, and Nina Yankowitz. Additional artists chosen by the original participants include: Clytie Alexander, Sandy Gellis, Julie Heffernan, Judith Henry, Judith Hudson, Sarah Leahy, Henrietta Mantooth, Beverly McIver, Ann Messner, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Debra Pearlman, Antonia Perez, and Elke Solomon.

A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition will include color reproductions of the works shown in 1973, along with works in the current show. The publication will also include essays by Anne Swartz, Professor of Art History at Savannah College of Art and Design and the exhibition curators.

Elena Caravela: Girls in Sight

Also on view, Girls In Sight, an exhibition of Elena Caravela’s mixed media portraits of young female artists.  Caravela stresses the importance of encouraging these young women by collaging the backgrounds of the portraits with images of their artwork.

Elena Caravela received her BFA from The School of Visual Arts in NYC and for the past twenty years has worked as an illustrator, fine artist and arts instructor.  She has illustrated two award winning children’s picture books, The Birds of the Harbor, and A Night of Tamales and Roses. Her recent publications include 3x3 Magazine for contemporary illustration and a collaboration with a young artist for BIG Kids Magazine.  The works in this exhibition are illustrated in Portrait of a Girl and Her Art, Caravela’s non-fiction picture book about young female artists, which has garnered many positive reviews.  She has received numerous corporate and private portrait commissions and has widely exhibited her work. She has also been awarded several mini grants for her work in the local visual arts community in Summit.

Women Choose Women Again:

Opening Reception: January 26, 1 - 4 p.m., free and open to the public

On view January 17 – April 13, 2014

Gallery Hours: Monday – Wednesday and Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m – 8pm.; and

Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m..  Please call 908-273-9121 to confirm holiday hours.

Recommended Admission: Adults $5; Seniors/Kids $3; Art Center Members free.

Programs Related to Women Choose Women Again:

Joyce Kozloff: Past, Present & Future

The artist addresses her need to push forward and explore, coupled with a desire to incorporate and extend her past. Free program. Part of the Thursday Evening Salon Series, sponsored by the PNC Foundation.  February 6, from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Members Mark: Art Event

Members will enjoy an exclusive docent-led tour and participate in several art-making projects. Free for members. February 9, from 2 - 4 p.m.

Art Afternoon: Gallery Walk and Talk

All are invited for a unique opportunity to discuss the exhibition and artwork with the artists and curators.  Free with gallery admission.  Members are always free.  Sunday, March 30, from 2 - 4 p.m.

Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, the WJS Foundation, Audrey & Zygi Wilf and the Wilf Family Foundation, and Art Center members and donors. 

 

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