Art & Community

The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism.  Southern California Women’s Caucus for art is a vital support network for women art professionals in Southern California.


She Votes Altered Book Project

Art by Maria Grazia

This project is timed to run concurrent with the Feminist Art Coalition, a national project by U.S. art institutions to mark the Centennial of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. There will be many exhibitions and programs this year. Many will address its failure to protect women of color and spotlight enduring inequities across the nation. Locally, MOCA, the Hammer, ICA and others are participating.

  • What: SCWCA artist and board member Bonnie J. Smith is creating an altered artist’s book to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, a woman’s right to vote. Bonnie J. Smith is the editor and coordinator of this project with support from the SCWCA board
  • Deadline: All works of art must be received no later than June 10, 2020.
  • Who: Open to Women’s Caucus for Art members in good standing.
  • Specifications:  Create an original work of art to be pasted into a leather-bound volume. Prints, collage, paintings, drawings, mixed media, fiber and photographic artworks are all acceptable. Abstractions, text, narratives are all welcome that address this theme.
  • Size : May not exceed 4” x 6” x ¼ .”
  • Artists may submit a second work of art for possible inclusion in the book. Unused works may be included in exhibits or returned to the artist. 
  • Mail:  Each artwork and Signed Release Form must be mailed directly to Bonnie J. Smith and received by June 10, 2020. Attach a label on the back of the artwork.
  • Address: Bonnie J. Smith, 1237 S. Victoria Avenue, #426, Oxnard, California. 93035.
  • Email JPEG: Send JPEG bjs9034@gmail.com sized 4×6 @ 300 dpi labeled your name and title of work. Example: Smith_VotingHeaven.jpg.

Other

  • Artworks will be scanned so copies may be used in an exhibition, video  or printed volume.
  • The original book will be displayed at various events, exhibitions  and venues.
  • The book will also be submitted for inclusion in a museum archive, such as the Getty Research Institute that holds our chapter papers or similar.

Fees: There are no submission fees associated with this project.

Download above description and image release form here.

She Votes Description and Release Form


Strategies for Inclusion: Then and Now

POSTPONED – MARCH 14th Date Cancelled

Join our lively public conversation on cultural equity and representation. 

Curator jill moniz will engage with prominent activist leaders from diverse cultural communities of Los Angeles. Together we will revisit the history of cultural inclusion /exclusion in the LA art scene and see what resonates today. This participatory event is inspired by SCWCA’s recent publication of interviews from the 1990s and many of the book participants will be in attendance. A reception in their honor will follow the public program.

About jill moniz: jill moniz’s interests focus on building understanding, creativity and inclusivity through the arts. In 2016, she cofounded Quotidian, a curatorial investigative space in Los Angeles that supports local artists and builds visual literacy through thematic group installations. She holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Indiana University and lives in Los Angeles.

Personal Voices / Cultural Visions: Conversations in the Visual Arts Community, Los Angeles 1994-1996 was edited by Ann Isolde. Published in 2018, it also includes more than 125 images of artworks, catalogue covers and exhibition flyers. It is available on amazon.com.
Book Participants:  Roberto Bedoya,Charles Canales, Martha Abeytia Canales, Barbara Carrasco, Yreina Cervántez,Kyung Sun Cho, Dale Davis, Cecil Fergerson, Harry Gamboa Jr., Karin Higa, Candace Lee, Samella Lewis, John Outterbridge, Ann Page, May Sun, 


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