Affecting change in a community or in the world takes a great deal of strength and power. What does that look like to you as an artist? A very common catch phrase of late, heard online and on the radio, “Man Up!” is even a title of a TV show. Is doing one’s best gender specific? As women and artists do we have to “paint like a man” in order to make truly great art as was deemed by our fore-bearers?
“Man Up!”will be part of the national WCA Summer Board meeting to be held in Southeast Michigan this July. In our strolling convergence through Ann Arbor, we will see that much has been accomplished in the field of the arts by women. From a collector’s passion at the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan, to the formation of the Percent for Art Program by the City of Ann Arbor’s Public Art Commission, the arts are often driven by the dedication and encouragement of this most dynamic and inspiring arts community. “Man Up!”will be the finale of this impressive tour.
In this call for art, we are asking artists to create work that visualizes the essence of power and the notion of “besting” oneself, other artists or men as a whole. Is power gender specific? We hope that you will interpret this call widely. The ability to elicit change does not need to come from the front end of a bulldozer; it can also be found in the quietest voice in a board meeting, forcing all in attendance to strain their ears to hear some pearls of wisdom. What is your strength? Where does it come from? What does it look like? What does it mean to you to “MAN UP!”
- Open to all self identified women artists nationwide.
- All media including works of video and performance
- Submit up to three works
VISUAL ENTRY PROCEDURE:
Apply online at http://www.entrythingy.com
- Artist blind statement 530 characters maximum. This statement will be used by the Juror to help in the selection process.
- Provide dimensions of each piece as follows: H x W x D. If your work is framed, include the frame in the size.
- Submit images in JPG files, high resolution approximately 4” W x 6” H” at 300 dpi. In order for images to upload successfully they must be at lease 900 pixels wide.
- Color profile for JPG files should be RGB color mode. CMYK will not upload in this program.
WCA Members in good standing $35.00
The WCA Michigan will notify you by email upon acceptance of your artwork. In person deliveries will only be accepted July 9 & 10. Artwork delivered by UPS or FedEx must arrive between June 29 & July 3.
Please note: All artwork shipped by UPS, FedEx or any other mail carrier must be accompanied by proper paperwork with pre-paid return shipping label from the original carrier otherwise artwork cannot be accepted. No checks or cash accepted for return mailing.
Upon acceptance, all visual art must arrive ready for display. Pictures and fiber art must be wired and ready for hanging. Sculpture must be stand-alone and secure. Hardware must be supplied for hung sculptures. Artist is responsible for stability of artwork. Final acceptance of large-scale work is contingent upon gallery space. WCA Michigan reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work that does not meet criteria or match the quality portrayed in the application.
Entry Deadline: 11:59 PM, May 15, 2012
Notification Date: June 1, 2012
Arrival of Shipped Work: June 29 through July 3, 2012
Hand Delivery of Work: July 9-10, 2012
Opening: July 12, 2012
Artist’s Reception: Friday July 20, 2012, 2-9 pm
Closing: Aug 9, 2012
Pick Up Artwork: Aug 10-11, 2012
Return Shipping: Aug 10, 2012
ABOUT THE WCA AND WCA MI:
The Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art was founded in 2007 and became a non-profit organization in 2010. Like the national organization our mission is to create community through art, education and social activism. WCA is 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. WCA supports local, national and global art activism that advocates for equity in the arts for all. As an NGO (non-governing organization) of the United Nations, the Women’s Caucus for Art supports the UN Millennium Goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases and ensure environmental sustainability. As a founding member of the Feminist Art Project, WCA is part of a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history and art practices, past and present.
To join the WCA, go to www.nationalwca.org and for more information about “MAN UP!” contact Margaret Parker or Gabrielle Pescador at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE JUROR:
Born in Detroit, Suzy Lake now lives and works in Toronto Canada. She was among the first female artists to adopt performance, video and photographic work to explore the politics of gender, the body and identity in Canada.
Lake was the subject of a major mid-career retrospective organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1993. In 2007-2008 she was one of 119 women in the historical show WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution 1965-1980. The exhibition originated in Los Angeles at MoCA Geffen Contemporary and toured galleries and museums in three major US cities as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery. Suzy’s early work was also included in Jori Finkel’s Identity Theft: Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman and Suzy Lake 1972-1978 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2007. More recently Lake’s work was the subject of a themed survey show entitled Political Poetics at the University of Toronto Art Centre this past May. The show will travel to four other venues across Canada.
Suzy took early retirement from the University of Guelph in 2008 to work in her studio full time. She is currently in production for a retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario scheduled for the spring of 2013. Her work is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto, Galerie Donald Browne in Montreal and Michael Solway in Cincinnati.
THE VENUE AND SHIPPING ADDRESS:
Gallery in the Duderstadt Center
The University of Michigan
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2094