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Women’s Caucus for Art partners with Target Gallery for new exhibition
featuring women who are leading the direction of contemporary art
Trending: Contemporary Art Now!
January 23 – February 28
Public Reception: Friday, February 5; 6 – 8 pm; Juror talk @ 5:45 pm
January 13, 2015 – Alexandria, Va. – Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, partners with the Women’s Caucus for Art to present Trending: Contemporary Art Now! The exhibition, which is part of WCA’s 2016 national conference in Washington, D.C., is on view Saturday, January 23 through Sunday, February 28, in Studio 2 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Trending features work by 12 self-identified women who are driving the direction of contemporary art. It offers a cross-section of media to reflect the leading edge of contemporary art, including video, collage, 3D photography, found objects, installation, and more.
“The exhibition title immediately brought to mind hashtag culture, where anything that is au courant can be quickly digested,” said Elizabeth K. Garvey, juror for this exhibition. “We are bombarded by so much imagery that our time is often spent quickly scanning rather than closely looking. I saw this exhibition as a small opportunity to reaffirm the importance of digging deeper and looking longer.”
Garvey, co-founder and owner of Garvey Simon Art Access in New York City, selected more than one piece by each artist, concentrating on artists whose work is unified and consistent. This not only provides wider context for each woman, but it also creates a more focused visual experience in the show.
“Art can be a powerful, productive force and instrumental in sparking change or critical thinking,” said Karen Gutfreund, national exhibitions director for WCA, who has organized 15 national exhibitions since 2009. “Art can produce a visceral response and can provoke, inspire, or disturb, and opens your eyes to worlds other than your own. We need artistic expression that helps us to understand what is happening in our society, who we are, where we come from and where we’re going. I am committed to create greater exposure for women in the arts and art as activism.”
“Working with the Women’s Caucus for Art has been a real pleasure and it’s such an honor to be part of efforts to recognize the contributions, and create opportunities for women in the arts,” said Kaitlyn Ward, director of the Target Gallery. “Elizabeth has thoughtfully chosen work that is well-crafted and speaks to our time. I hope visitors will linger and spend quality time with the art on view in the gallery.”
The participating artists are:
- Blond Jenny, NY
- Amy Cannestra, MS
- Sara DiDonato, NY
- Blythe King, Richmond, VA
- Stacy Bloom Rexrode, NC
- Trina Smith, WI
- Rebecca Starry, AK
- Kate Walker, ID
- Margi Weir, MI
- Sarah West, DC
- Sarah Boyts Yoder, VA
All artists selected for this exhibition applied via an open call. For more information about future Target Gallery calls, visithttp://torpedofactory.org/opportunities/call-for-entries/.
About the Juror
Elizabeth K. Garvey is the co-founder and owner of Garvey Simon Art Access. She has been a fine art dealer and advisor in New York City for over 20 years and leverages her professional relationships with galleries, auction houses, private dealers and artists to offer clients a relaxed entry into the often intimidating visage of the New York art world. She is a member of ArtTable, and a founding member of the New York chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers.
About Women’s Caucus for Art
Founded in 1972, the Women’s Caucus for Art is a national organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals. Its mission is to create community through art, education, and social activism. WCA recognizes the contribution of women in the arts; providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development; expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women; supporting local, national, and global art activism; and advocating for equity in the arts. As a United Nations’ non-governmental organization, WCA actively supports the UN Millennium Goals. WCA utilizes the universal language of art to engage civil society on issues such as gender equity and environmental sustainability. As a founding member of the Feminist Art Project, WCA is part of a collaborative national initiative celebrating the aesthetic, intellectual, and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present. For more information, visit www.nationalwca.org.
About Target Gallery
Target Gallery is the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through a variety of visual media in a rotating schedule of national and international exhibitions. The gallery is open daily from 10 – 6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays. More information is available via torpedofactory.org/target.
About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 working studios and six galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. For more information visit torpedofactory.org or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.
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