Campaign to add more women artists to Wikipedia

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ArtAndFeminism or Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women artists on Wikipedia with annual group Edit-a-thons.

For the first Edit-a-thon, about 600 volunteers showed up at Wikipedia editing workshops held at the New York art center Eyebeam, and at 30 other venues around the world, where they worked to help adjust the imbalance of listings for men over women in the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

If you have ever tried to create a new entry on Wikipedia, it’s not so easily done–each and every detail or fact mentioned must be referenced and verified and there are strict formatting rules as well.

According to Let My People Show, the Tumblr blog of arts journalist and art expert Robin Cembalest who is also former ARTnews editor-in-chief, this year, the Edit-a-Thon happened March 15 at the Museum of Modern Art and more than 70 other venues including the Walker Art Center and LACMA in the U.S.A, and other places in Toronto, Moscow, Lima, Sydney, and Brussels. They even created a Wikipedia listing for this event–read and view photos here.

At these latest Edit-a-thon gatherings, Art+Feminism volunteers put up around 100 new entries for women artists, including Australian modernists Ethel Spowers and Dorrit Black,  Catalan painter Josefa Texidor i Torres and contemporary artists Mary Miss, Xaviera Simmons, Audrey Flack, and Monika Bravo. Many other entries were enhanced and updated.

The organizers keep a running list of suggested articles to create or add upon—not only artists well-known and obscure, but also curators, movements, periodicals, and more.

They want your ideas, too, and you can add them here.

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Risk Taking Art / Technology At Eyebeam and CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Photographers & Digital Artists Deadline Today!

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From time to time, we’ve shared interesting Residency programs with our readers, such as the Eyebeam residency program for artist-innovators working in the overlap of art, culture and technology.

Eyebeam is inviting artists, digital creators, engineers, creative technologists, researchers and cultural producers to apply by November 21st. Eyebeam will grant up to $5,000 to each selected residency project, either to a single individual or a collaboration of two or more artists. Read the Full Call here.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS  Photographers & Digital Artists   ABSTRACTIONS 2014

Ed Wedman, Co-Founder of Exhibitions Without Walls asked me to share this Call to Artists this last day before the deadline.

Abstractions in the visual arts is about expressing general ideas or qualities of an actual person, object, or pure digital art.  It is about expressing ideas and emotions by using elements such as colors and lines without attempting to recreate the original image.  The basis for abstractions is to alter the reality of the subject.  This competition invites photographers and digital artists to use their own interpretations of these ideas, using any type of subject matter and using any style of photography or digital art . . . . learn more 

Over $2,000 in cash awards and prizes

 $500 cash award to Best In Competition
2nd & 3rd Place cash awards and additional prizes
Up to 7 Awards of Excellence
Submission Deadline: November 7, 2014 – 10PM
Entry Fee: $25 for first 5 images; $4 dollars for each additional image up to 10 images
Top Three Placements announced on November 17, 2014 with the opening of the ABSTRACTIONS 2014 online finalists exhibitions.
Best In Competition solo exhibition opens December 16, 2014