December 2011 Newsletter

Item Date: 
Thu, 12/01/2011 (All day)
End Date: 
Sat, 12/31/2011 (All day)
December 2011 Newsletter

As the days grow shorter and colder, it is wonderful to reconnect with friends and colleagues, see some art and perhaps meet some new members. Please join us for our annual member meeting on 12/10 in conjunction with a SCWCA plan fest at Otis College of Art and Design. Immediately following, we are excited to have some of the artists from the Women's Building join us for a special walk-thru of Doin' It In Public Feminism and Art of the Women's Building. I look forward to seeing you there.





Dear SCWCA Members:
As a chartered non-profit organization, SCWCA is required to hold an Annual Membership Meeting at which time officers are elected for the coming year. The candidates are presented below.  To give SCWCA your proxy vote, please submit your vote via SurveyMonkey by Thurs. 12/8. Let me know if you have any problems using SurveyMonkey please contact Libby Hartigan.  


Looking forward to your vote and to seeing you on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at Otis..


Libby Hartigan
Executive Secretary  


Niku Kashef - PRESIDENT 

Niku Kashef is a visual artist and educator living and working in Los Angeles. Her research deals with identity, memory and visual literacy. Most of her artworks are paper-based: photographs, monoprints, and installations dealing with ideas of displacement and the uncanny. Niku has shown work at the Monterey Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts & Crafts-ITAMI (Japan), Symbol Art Gallery (Hungary), SCA Gallery, Arena 1, and the Yucun Museum of Art (China).  She serves on both local and national committees for the arts, including the College Art Association's Student and Emerging Professionals Committee, on the Board of the National Women's Caucus for Art and as the current President of the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art (SCWCA). Niku has held artist talks, workshops and presented papers at both National and International venues and institutions including the University of California, Santa Barbara; the London College of Communication; the Vermont Studio Center; the Yucun Museum of Art (China) and the Hungarian Multicultural Center (Budapest), the later two of which retain collections of her work. With an MFA in Visual Communication she is currently a Lecturer at California State University, Northridge and a Participating Adjunct at Woodbury University.

 Ann Isolde

Karen Schifman - TREASURER
Karen Schifman is an art historian who has been teaching art history at CSU Northridge for over 10 years. Her research has focused on women artists and the representation of women in visual culture. She curated "Memory's Touch" for SCWCA in 2010 at CSU Channel Islands. Additionally she is the current columnist for the "Women Around Town" column for our newsletter and is working on several other writing projects in her field. She has been a SCWCA board member for the last year. Karen is also an interior designer who is currently embarking on a new venture in that field.



Deborah Thomas is an artist, college teacher and independent curator who currently lives in Los Angeles; she has also lived and worked as an artist in Geneva, Switzerland and New York.  With an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an MA and ABD from the University of Pennsylvania, Deborah currently teaches art history and contemporary art and theory at Pasadena City College, Glendale College and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art.  She is a longtime member of the SCWCA EcoArt group and one of the chairs of the WCA national Eco-art Caucus; she also helped to organize "Elements," an eco-art conference produced by the Pacific Region WCA chapters last year in Berkeley. Deborah's recent artwork includes a series of conceptual installations and mixed media pieces using photographic images and found text; her work on environmental themes typically explores place and the environment metaphorically and builds from a personal point of view using domestic objects.  She has also developed and curated several recent exhibitions: "Day of the Dead Planet," "Bringing the Past to Light: New Art from Old Images," "Intimate Geography: Getting To Know a Place" and "Estate of Mind."


Pacific Standard Time Related Events and Offerings   

More details in the WAT column below with a full list online at  




We will host an all members meeting on Saturday, December 10th from 1:30 to 4 pm at Otis College of Art and Design. The afternoon will include networking, elections, a mini-Plan Fest and walk-thru of the exhibition "Doin It In Public" with short vignettes from members who are featured in this show - be sure to include that in your RSVP to  


LOCATION: The Forum on the ground floor of the Ahmanson Building.


DATE: Sat. Dec. 10, 1:30 to 4 pm. 


RSVP: please email SANDRA MUELLER   by Thursday, Dec. 8th. 


BRING: A light dessert or appetizer to share and any special story of the "Women's Building."   


This is a great time for new members to come and learn more about our chapter. 


RENEW Your SCWCA MEMBERSHIP in December & get Artists Registry Benefits!

Renew in December and join the Artist' Registry for just $10 (regular $20) or receive one free update.
You can send a check made payable to SCWCA to Memberships, 13909 Valley Glen, CA 91401. Be sure to indicate if your contact info has changed.  Or, pay online with a credit card at the national WCA website  - just be sure to select "CAS" as your chapter. You can also update your contact info online



Members Kathi Flood and Selma Moskowitz recently completed their Artists' Registry pages with selected images below.  Contact Ann Isolde  to join the SCWCA registry or to update your page.  

Ann Isolde
Hide Here by Kathi Flood
Ann Isolde
03-08 by Selma Moskowitz 



















SCWCA EcoARTS group wil meet on on Thursday, Dec. 1st at MEG MADISON's home in the La Brea / Hollywood area with FRANCE WHITE facilitating. Members of this group share their ecological practices and artwork with one another. Open to all SCWCA members. 


Member News: Send notices of your shows and member events to shown on  space available basis -  JPEG announcements will not be reproduced in the newsletter.      


CALLS FOR ART:             

CAA Calls and Opportunities. Ongoing.      

SNAP TO GRID: LACDA. by 12/1.       

Anima.  California Arts Council. By 12/9.   

LA Artist Opportunities. Ongoing  



Women Around Town by Karen Schifman - December 2011


"Posing Beauty in African American Culture" was curated by Deborah Willis at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Thru 12/03/11.


"Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987,"  Thru 12/04/11 at LACMA.  


University Art Gallery at UC Irvine features Barbara T. Smith in "The Radlaticalization of a '50s Housewife." Thru 12/4/11. 



"Red Time" at Roberts and Tilton gallery offers a  site-specific installation by Betye Saar. Thru 12/17/11.


hlPaintings by Hung Liu are featured  at Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City. Thru 12/20/11.   

Paintings, drawings and collages from 1990 to the present by Sue Williams  at Regen Projects. Thru 12/22/11.


Older sculptures and new photograms by Katie Grinnan are at the Armory Center for the Arts. Thru  01/22.

PACIFIC STANDARD TIME SHOWS: "Doin' It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building" at Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis. Thru 2/26/12.   


LACE presents  "Los Angeles Goes Live. " Thru 01/29. "Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980" at the Hammer Museum. Thru 1/06.


The Craft and Folk Art Museum features works by June Schwarc in  "The Alchemy  of Enamel Vessels from the Forest."  Thru 1/08/12.


"Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970" at the Getty Center. Thru 2/05/12.   


"Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement" at the UCLA Fowler Museum. Thru 2/26/12.


"Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence" with Kim Abeles at the Skirball Cultural Center. Thru 02/26/12. "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" curated by Karina White at the Skirball Cultural Center. Thru 3/11/12.


"Beatrice Woods" continues at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Thru 03/2/12.


Wishing you a wonderful art-filled holiday season!