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Announcing Voices: An Artist’s Perspective

Announcing Voices: An Artist’s Perspective

Voices: An Artist’s Perspective is a feminist exhibition with 26 women artists raising their voices to tell individual stories that advocate for the fight for social, cultural, economic and political rights and the inclusion of all voices in its push for gender equality and identity using a woman’s voice as the visual narrative to effect change.

Exhibition-related Programs:

Live exhibition: Art opening is Thursday, April 2nd from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and runs through April 30th at NAWA, 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405, New York, NY 10011, ph. 212-675-1616 http://thenawa.org/nawa-gallery

View online catalog with artist statements here

Online exhibition: View and purchase the artists’ work here

Works in all media are displayed that speak to, examine and explore the social, political and economic issues related to women’s activism; art that expresses the women’s perspective on issues of identity, gender, women’s rights, political rights, reproductive rights, and issues of societal control and justice. The art ranges from literal to poetic, abstract to representational, and psychological, to social and political commentary. Many of the works explore the concepts of being a woman in today’s global society and how social constructs define their experience whether internal, external, imagined or imposed, and how this defined and shaped identities, relationships, ideas and politics.

It is the intention of UniteWomen.org and Karen Gutfreund Art to present these issues in visual form, creating a public forum for action, reaction, and informed discussion.

Joan McLoughlin, McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco and Amanda Uribe, gallery nine5, NYC, jurors for the exhibition, chose top three works each to be honored. Karen Gutfreund, Curator and the Executive Committee of UniteWomen.org, Karen Teegarden, President of UniteWomen.org and Renee Davis, Board of Directors, UniteWomen.org selected 26 works for the NAWA Gallery and an additional 102 for the online gallery and exhibition catalog.

The artists exhibiting at the gallery are: Shonagh Adelman, Carrie Alter, Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, Gwynessa Balvanz, Joanne Beaule Ruggles, Lorraine Bonner, Krista Cibis, Katie Cooney, Sherri Cornett, Elena De La Ville, Cat Del Buono, Donna Festa, Joan Bemel Iron Moccasin, Veronica Jaeger, Judy Johnson-Williams, Marky Kauffmann, Meg Madison, Jessica Maria Manley, Allison McElroy, Freyda Miller, Soubie Pizzuti, Trix Rosen, Sondra Schwetman, Cristina Velazquez, Adriana Villagran, and Corinne Whitaker.

Juror’s picks were: Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, Joanne Beaule Ruggles, Cat Del Buono, Donna Festa, Allison McElroy and Sondra Schwetman.

ABOUT KAREN GUTFREUND ART: Karen Gutfreund is an independent curator focused on promoting women in the arts and specializes in creating exhibition opportunities for artists on themes of “art as activism” to stimulate dialog, raise consciousness and create social change. Gutfreund has worked in the Painting & Sculpture Department for MoMA, the Andre Emmerick Gallery, The Knoll Group, the John Berggruen Gallery, Arc Gallery and the Pacific Art League. With degrees in Fine Arts and Art History, she is a consultant to galleries and for private and corporate collections. Over the past six years, Gutfreund has focused on creating exhibitions for women artists that travel around the country. She is on the Board of the Women’s Caucus for Art, the Northern California Rep for TFAP and a member of ArtTable.

ABOUT NAWA: The purpose of the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.) is to foster public awareness of, and interest in, visual art created by women in the United States. The Association promotes culture and education in the visual arts through exhibitions of its members’ works, educational programs, scholarships, awards, its historical archive, and other appropriate means. While encouraging contemporary and emerging artists, the Association honors and continues the long and important contribution of women to the history of American culture and art. Through N.A.W.A.’s exhibitions, programs, events, education programs and archive, the Association fosters awareness of the monumental contribution of women to the history of American culture and art. The organization is inclusive and serves professional women visual artists of all backgrounds and traditions that are at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. N.A.W.A. is a 501©3 not-for profit, tax exempt organization.


Voices: An Artist’s Perspective is accompanied by a full color catalog designed by Karen Gutfreund and Priscilla Otani, with essays from the jurors, artists and UniteWomen.org. Contact karengutfreundart@gmail.com for information.

One Comment
  • February 8th, 2015 at 5:53 AM

    Often art can express feelings more powerfully than the spoken word – in a medium everyone can understand.

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