Monday, January 30, 2012

I can see humility--delicate and white--Agnes Martin

WCAGA “Book Discussion Get Togethers” are shaping up strongly thanks to Maggie Bethel and Vickie Martin. It is also more a discussion of art and artists than books. 

For the next discussion we are going to explore the life and work of Agnes Martin. To get the juices flowing I’ve put together todays blog post. The biographical information I collected from the sites, and of course Wikipedia. Agnes was born in 1912 in Canada. She moved to the USA in 1931. She died on December 16, 2004.
Jeffrey Lee writes the following about Agnes Martin’s work in the “weeklyWIRE” August 3rd, 1998. 
You could mistake Martin, who was honored with a Whitney retrospective in 1992 and a Golden Lion at last year's Venice Biennale, for a Minimalist. But the hard, machine-edged lines of Minimalism are worlds apart from her precisely repeated, subtly varied lines, each of which shows the human presence of her hand. The occasional, but deliberate, breaks and wobbles--only one or two in each drawing, usually tiny and easy to miss--are crucial to an Agnes Martin composition. When she writes about her work, the artist uses words like "joy" and "perfection," but the geometric purity it aspires to is a Platonic ideal, imperfectly translated to canvas or paper. With its purposeful "flaws," the quiet, joyful space between real and ideal is exactly what Martin's work celebrates.”

The Hardwood Museum of Art in Taos has an upcoming show of her work with the title “Agnes Martin: Before the Grid.”  It opens February 25 and runs thought June 17. 

Her work and life still inspire artists. Brian Bress uses extractions from her book “Writings” in the Exhibition, “Brian Bress’s ‘Under Performing’” at the Cherry and Martin Gallery in Los Angelos, CA.

Interesting tidbits:
  • She stopped painting for seven years, 1967-74.
  • Agnes Martin received the Oskar Prize from the Austrian Government in 1992.
  • She received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale in 1997.
  • She received a National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1998.
  • When Richard Polsky visited her in 1994 the only image she had on her walls was a poster of a Georgia O’Keefe painting.

I have nearly finished a biography on Louise Nevelson and I must say that I am hooked on reading the next artists story... Reading and learning about these lives, struggles and work of strong, creative and talented artist is surely inspiring. 

Look out for the date and place of the next Book Discussion Get Together.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Let's get to know our members--Flora Rosefsky

Sabbath Bride Queen

Flora Rosefsky is a long time member of the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia. She is an asset to the WCAGA. Her Jewish Heritage forms a strong foundation for all her creative work. Her body of work consists of Assemblage, Mixed Media collages, Paper, Stained Glass, and Torah Mantles. She works from her studio The Sycamore Place Gallery and Studios in Decatur, GA. 

"Work It Out"
Flora Rosefsky has an exhibition time line going back to 1992. Her latest show is “Song of the Land” at the Hebrew Union College Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, CA. This Show focuses on environmental issues in our contemporary society.  She has a solo show at the Rosenzweig Gallery at Judea Reform Congregation in Durham, NC. This is a solo show called “The Joy of Judaism: The Art of Flora Rosefsky” and is running trough February 12, 2012. She presently serves as the President of the American Guild of Judaic Art.

Jewish Celebrations Quilt

Please visit her website for more information and contact details. Flora is an inspiration to all that know her.

Kind Regards,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Press Release for the 2012 WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards

P.O Box 1498
Canal Street Station
New York, NY 10013 
 For immediate release
                                                 PRESS RELEASE

The Women’s Caucus for Art is delighted to announce the 2012 recipients for the Lifetime Achievement Awards:  
Whitney Chadwick, Suzanne Lacy, Ferris Olin, Bernice Steinbaum, and Trinh T. Minh-ha. The recipients
for the 2012 President’s Art & Activism Award are Karen Mary Davalos and Cathy Salser.
Lynn Hershman Leeson will receive the WCA Media Award.

The Lifetime Achievements Awards celebration will take place on Saturday, February 25, in Los Angeles, CA.
The celebration will be held during the annual Women’s Caucus for Art and College Art Association conferences.
The awards ceremony, open free of charge to the public, will take place from 6-7:30pm in the Ballroom of the
Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, 120 South Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, followed by a ticketed Gala
from 8-10pm. The WCA ticketed gala event, MOMENTUM, will include a walk-around gourmet dinner with
three food stations, an open bar, the opportunity to meet the awardees, networking, and tours of the museum.
The venue for the Gala is the Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Ticket prices include reserved seating at the awards presentation at the Kyoto and the Gala celebration. For more
information or to purchase tickets visit

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were first awarded in 1979 in President Jimmy Carter’s Oval Office to Isabel
Bishop, Selma Burke, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Past honorees have represented the
full range of distinguished achievement in the visual arts professions. This year’s awardees are no exception, with
considerable accomplishment, achievement, and contributions to the visual arts represented by their professional

In addition, WCA will be presenting its first Media Award to Lynn Hershman Leeson, and a screening of her
film, !Women Art Revolution on Thursday, February 23, at 7:30pm at the Democracy Center.111 N. Central Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90012. (For tickets or more info on this event or other WCA events visit
The Women's Caucus for Art was founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA). It is a
national member organization unique in its multi-disciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians,
students, educators, and museum professionals. The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create
community through art, education and social activism. We are committed to recognizing 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 for all.

For more information:
Janice Nesser-Chu, President WCA
314 956 5036

Lifetime Achievement Awardees 2012

Whitney Chadwick is Professor Emerita of San Francisco State University. During
2011-2012, she is a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard
University. An abbreviated list of her publications include: The Modern Woman
Revisited: Paris Between the Wars (Editor, with Tirza True Latimer), 2003; Leonora
Carrington: La Realidad de la Imaginacion (Mexico City: Ediciones ERA, 1994);
Women, Art, and Society (London and New York: Thames and Hudson, 1990); and
Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement (London: Thames and Hudson, 1985).

Suzanne Lacy’s work includes installations, video, and large-scale performances on
social themes. Her recent work includes The Tatooed Skeleton for the Museo Nacional
Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid, the performance of Prostitution Notes at the Serpentine
Marathon, Anyang Women’s Agenda in Anyang, Korea (with photographer Raul Vega),
The University of Local Knowledge with the Arnolfini Gallery and the Knowle West
Community Centre and an installation in the Medellin Biennale recuperating The Skin
of Memory, with Pilar Riano. Also known for her writing, Lacy edited the influential
Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, and recently released Leaving Art:
Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974-2007. Lacy is the Chair of the
Graduate Public Practice Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Ferris Olin, Rutgers University professor, curator, arts administrator, women’s studies
scholar, librarian, and institution builder, works at the nexus of academia,
entrepreneurship, and feminist visual arts. She has played a crucial role in insuring that
the aesthetic and intellectual impact of women and diverse communities is recognized
and documented in the cultural record. Her vision in co-founding and co-directing four
institutions—the Institute for Women and Art, The Feminist Art Project, the Miriam
Schapiro Archives on Women Artists, and the Women Artists Archive National
Directory, as well as leading the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series.

Bernice Steinbaum founded her successful New York gallery in 1977. Throughout her
career, Steinbaum has demonstrated a commitment to showing the work of women
artists and creating both edgy and intelligent exhibitions. In 2000, she closed her
gallery in New York and relocated to Miami, where her Bernice Steinbaum Gallery has
transformed the arts community. Presently, Steinbaum represents leading contemporary
artists such as Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Pepón Osorio,
and Deborah Willis.

Trinh T. Minh-ha is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. She is an
accomplished filmmaker, composer, author, and installation artist. Her work has been
widely recognized and she is the recipient of fellowships from Guggenheim
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. An
abbreviated list of films includes: Reassemblage (1982), Surname Viet Given Name
Nam (1989), The Fourth Dimension (2001), and Night Passage (2004)


Karen Mary Davalos is chair and associate professor of Chicana/o Studies at Loyola
Marymount University in Los Angeles. She has published widely on Chicana and
Chicano art, spirituality, and public and museum culture. She is the only scholar to
have written two books on Chicano museums, Exhibiting Mestizaje: Mexican
(American) Museums in the Diaspora (University of New Mexico Press, 2001) and
The Mexican Museum of San Francisco Papers, 1971-2006 (The Chicano Archives,
vol. 3, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, 2010).  Her book, Yolanda M.
López, (UCLA CSRC Press with distribution by University of Minnesota Press,
2008), brings together her research and teaching interests in Chicana feminist
scholarship, spirituality, art, exhibition practices, and oral history.

Cathy Salser has dedicated the last 20 years to working with battered women and
their children, offering art as a catalyst of healing and empowerment. In 1991, Cathy
began A Window Between Worlds as a one-summer art project intended to share art
in a way that “might make a difference.” What she saw, and what made
A Window Between Worlds grow to reach over 60,000 participants annually today,
is the confirmation again and again that even a single art session could change a
survivor’s live forever.  In 2007, Salser was the recipient of the Bank of America
Local Hero award, and in January 2008 she was selected from tens of thousands of
applicants and honored with the prestigious Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund Award.

Lynn Hershman Leeson is a recipient of the 2010-2011 develop digital art and the
2009 SIGGRAPH Lifetime Achievement Awards. Hershman also recently received
the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Over the last three
decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally
acclaimed for her pioneering use of new technologies and her investigations of
issues that are now recognized as key to the working of our society: identity in a
time of consumerism, privacy in a era of surveillance, interfacing of humans and
machines, and the relationship between real and virtual worlds.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Lets get to know our members - Marjett Schille

Marjett Schille says she wants her work to serve as a voice for the environment. Through watercolor, mixed media, oils, charcoal and fired clay she creates images and sculpture that illuminate and focus on  Nature’s Life Force. Her Muses are the Landscapes of the South and Northwest of the United States. She pulls inspiration from the images and histories of animals, plants, and indigenous peoples. 
Marjett Schille received her MFA in painting, drawing and ceramic sculpture from the University of Idaho. She started her career as an artist and illustrator in 1973. Various Galleries in Northwest of the United States and Southeast Georgia represent her work. She has various work in public collections for the King County Arts Commission, Harborview Hospital, Graham Libraries and the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. 

For more information and contact details please visit her Marjett Schille's Website

Kind Regards,

Friday, January 13, 2012

Two new Happenings for 2012 - Drawing 2012

drawings by Picasso, Matisse, Da vinci and Michelangelo

We certainly start off 2012 with a kick!

We have the Book Discussion on January 22 and the Deadline for the members Show submission on January 15. Now we are also going to take part in Sketchcrawl, a worldwide event on January 21. Then there is the WCAGA Drawing Marathon for 2012 deadline on January 30.

Barb Regh is putting together the Drawing Marathon Program for 2012 and needs to know if you are interested. It is a year long project that takes place at different locations and dates. You can be a hosting studio, where artists come over to your studio and draw. You can be a participant by being a marathon drawer. You can also be both a host and drawer.

Marilynn Brandenburger organized a the SketchCrawl #34 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on January 21. You can come whenever you want to after the Garden opens at 9 am. The Artists meet at noon for a snack at the Metrofresh Cafe.

Drawing forms the foundation of art, whether you like to scribble on a napkin or make realistic emulations, or abstract marks on paper with pencil, charcoal, and pastel, please join us for the Drawing Marathon and the Sketchcrawl.

Contact details are available on the Calendar Page. Members also received email letters with more information. Please check out the mailchimp emails from WCAGA


Friday, January 6, 2012

Lets get to know our Members: Jessica Burke

Another of our brand new members is goal driven Jessica Burke. She has outstanding drawing and painting technique that she shares with students at the Betty Foy Sanders Art Department at Georgia Southern University. She does take portraiture to a higher level by not just giving you a copy of a photo but delivers social commentary and an opportunity to put yourself in the shoes of the illustrated or painted person. She considers a wide range of issues in her work, touching on gender, race, class and sexual orientation.  

Jessica Burke has an array of wonderful solo and group shows. The titles gives food for thought: “Popped Culture: New York” Odd Girl Out” Queer Me: Gender, Art & Politics” Vintage Vices. Music to my ear.

Her latest work examines the role television, computer games, and social media plays in the development of our identity. Looks can be deceiving but the identity that people around us perceive, is forever molded in our clothes, our make-up, and our accessories.

More art work, more information are available on her website and her blog.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 Starts with more art shows, more art events and more art friends.

2012 recipients for the Lifetime Achievement Awards

Our first Book Discussion Get Together is January 22 at 3pm.
The WCAGA Member Show “correcting the drift” is still open for submissions until January, 15 2012. Please submit, we want you to be a part of this show.
For more information on the above events, check out the Calendar tab or read the January 2012 Newsletter edited by Kate Colpitts

See what other WCAGA Members are doing in the monthly Members Listing cumulated by Michelle Stein.

Exhibit your work in the Video Exhibit at the 40th Anniversary Gala
In honor of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Women's Caucus for Art, all WCA 2012 members are invited to submit images of their work to be exhibited during the 40th Anniversary Gala at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday Feb 25 in Los Angeles, CA.
The main room at the Gala will have two large screens: one displaying the art work of our current members and the other displaying photos from 40 years of WCA. 
Be a part of this celebration by submitting one or two jpegs of your work, 300 dpi no larger than 8" in any directions  In the body of the email please include your name, your chapter, the title and medium. 
Deadline to submit is January 25 5pm EST.

Until next time,

Monday, January 2, 2012

Members' Exhibition Listings for January 2012

Artists: Flora Rosefsky, Mona Waterhouse, Marie Weaver
Artist Website:,,
Show Title: Little Things Mean A Lot
Location: Swan Coach House Gallery
Address: 3130 Slaton Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone Number: 404-266-2636
Show Dates: November 17, 2011 - January 7, 2012
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 4 pm

Artists: Maxine Hess, Flora Rosefsky, Simone Soltan
Show Title: Song of the Land
Location: Hebrew Union College - Institute of Religion
Address: 3077 University Avenue - Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone number: 213-765-2106
Artist’s Reception: February 23,2012 - 5-7PM
Show Dates: January 20-May 31, 2012
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9am-5pm; Fri. 9am-3pm; closed Sat. and Sun.
(Closed for Jewish and National holidays)

Artist: Helen DeRamus
Artist Website:
Show Title: "Passages" A Solo Exhibition
Location: dk Gallery
Address: 25 West Park Square, Marietta, Georgia 30060
Phone Number: (770)427-5377
Opening/Closing Reception: Friday, January 6, 2012, 6-9PM
Artist’s Talk/Book Signing: Sunday, January 8th, time TBA
Show Dates: January 6 - 20, 2012
Hours: 11-5pm, Tues.-Saturday

Artist: Maxine Hess
Artist Website:
Show Title: Imaging The Sacred Art of Chant
Address: The Artist Registry, The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts, Inc.,
815 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017
Show Dates: Online through January 31, 2012

Show Title: 6 pieces on display
Location: The Comfortable Chair Store
Address: 30 E. Crossville Rd., Roswell, GA 30075
Phone Number: 770-518-8518
Show Dates: Ongoing
Hours: T – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM

Artist: Jane Allen Nodine
Artist Website:
Show Title: Coming Out of the Closet: Clothing Art as an Emergent Form
Location: Mary Brogan Museum of Fine Arts
Address: Kleman Plaza, 350 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL
Phone Number: 850-513-0700
Show Dates: November 4 - February 26, 2012

Artist: Flora Rosefsky
Artist Website:
Location: Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University
Address:735 Gatewood Road NE - Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Phone Number: 404-963-2548
Show Dates: August 5 throughout the 2011/2012 academic year
Hours: M-Th 9:30am-6pm; Fri. 9:30am-4pm
Open for activities and special events. See calendar.

Show Title:The Joy of Judaism: The Art of Flora Rosefsky
Location: The Rosenzweig Gallery at Judea Reform Congregation
Address:1933 West Cornwallis Road - Durham, North Carolina 27705
Phone Number: 919-489-7062
Closing Reception: February 12, 2012
Show Dates: December 7,2011 - February 12, 2012
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9am-5pm; Fri. 9am-3pm

Artist: Aviva Stern
Artist Website:
Show Title: Art of the Golden Generation
Location: Marietta Cobb Museum
Address: 30 Atlanta Street Marietta, 30060
Phone Number: 770-528-1440
Opening/Closing Reception: January 14, 2012 - opening reception
Show Dates: 1/14/12 - 3/25/12
Hours: Tue.-Fri.11:00-5:00; Sat.11:00-4:00; Sun.1:00-4:00

Artist: Rosemary Benavides Williams
Artist Website:
Show Title: Capturing the Light
Location: George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center
Address: 55 Highway 23 N.E.; Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone Number:770-932-4423
Show Dates: Dec. 1, 2011 – Feb. 28, 2012
Hours: M-Th, 9:00am-8:00pm; F, 9:00am-4:00pm; Sat, 10:00am-6:00pm