Women Artists on Immigration

Call for participation for show organized by Women's Caucus for Art with the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles

Published on LatinoLA: October 4, 2008

Women Artists on Immigration

In this election year, we're seizing the moment to engage all women artists in California on the important topic of immigration. Each subtopic — Crossing Borders, Confronting Barriers, Bridging Identities — offers useful starting points for selecting or creating work for this show. Like the many current and prior related exhibitions on this subject, this show seeks to inspire an ongoing conversation and examination of the formation of our cultural, personal and political identities.

We encourage California-based women artists at all career levels whose work addresses the topic of immigration to submit work. Submissions will be selected by Alma Ruiz, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, and exhibited in the contemporary art gallery of the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles from February 20 ÔÇô March 6, 2009. The work of accepted artists will be featured in a color catalog to support the inclusion of this show in the cultural record.

The opening reception on February 27, 2009 will take place during the annual conferences of the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) and the College Art Association (February 25 ÔÇô March 1, 2009).

Women Artists on Immigration is a collaborative project jointly organized by the Southern and Northern California chapters of the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) with the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles. It is part of WCA's Art and Activism Initiative and seeks to inspire an ongoing examination of critical social issues. We encourage recipients of this email to forward it to others with a strong interest in the topic of immigration so the work in the exhibition will reflect the rich array of cultural perspectives inherent in our region.

Additional information is available online at http://www.scwca.org or email annisolde@scwca.org with any questions.

WOMEN ARTISTS ON IMMIGRATION: Crossing Borders, Confronting Barriers, Bridging Identities

Organized and presented by: Women's Caucus for Art with the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles

Exhibition Dates: February 20 ÔÇô March 6, 2009

Opening Reception: February 27, 2009

Deadline for Receipt of Entries: November 14, 2008
Juror: Alma Ruiz, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles

Alma Ruiz (pictured) is a curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. She has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art, with a primary focus on the postwar period in Italy and Latin America, as well as working with emerging artists. Ruiz has served as a panelist for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans since 1999, as grants reviewer for the U.S. - Mexico Fund for Arts and Culture in 2000 and 2001, and as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in Miami, Florida since 2006. She was born in Guatemala City, earned a B.A. in art history at the University of Southern California, and received an M.A. in Italian language and literature from Middlebury College.

The Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) is the leading national nonprofit organization for women in the visual arts professions. Founded in 1972, WCA has 27 chapters across the country (six in California) and is an affiliate society of the College Art Association. The Southern California chapter is the largest local chapter and has been providing programs, workshops, exhibitions and recognition opportunities to women arts professionals in this region for over three decades. In February 2009, WCA will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Lifetime Achievement Awards in Los Angeles by honoring Maren Hassinger, Ester Hern?índez, Joyce Kozloff, Margo Machida, and Ruth Weisberg. Visit www.nationalwca.org.

The Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles (KCCLA) is the largest facility outside of Korea that provides insights into the rich cultural heritage of Korea through sponsored events, films, and educational programs. KCCLA's spacious 2,500 square foot gallery is a venue for traditional and contemporary art exhibitions. Visit www.kccla.org.

The exhibition is part of The Feminist Art Project, a national initiative recognizing the aesthetic and intellectual impact of women in the visual arts and culture. Visit feministartproject.rutgers.edu.

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