Presented by UniteWomen.org and Gutfreund Cornett Art ELIGIBILITY: Open to all self-identified women artists. DEADLINE: APRIL 22, 2016 VENUE: Kaleid Gallery, 88 South Fourth Street, downtown San Jose, California. The show will also be promoted nationally by UniteWomen.org EXHIBITION DATES: July 5 – 29, 2016 CLICKTO ENTERand for more information
Envision, conceive of, imagine . . . In this turbulent time of political changes, women’s rights, social, racial, gender and economic inequality, global conflicts, cultural instability, reproductive choice/health care issues, and environmental challenges of overconsumption and resource scarcity – how do we effect positive change through art? How do we listen, speak our minds, include, and act in collaboration or alone across generational differences, races, identities and cultures, to build our future, locally and globally?
VISION seeks to bring self-identified women artists into dialogue, retracing an account of the past manifesting in the present, to address major social themes, to define and bring forth what is important to themselves, their families, their communities, our nation and the world at large with art that either reflects on past injustices or focuses on a vision for a more positive, empowering future.
UniteWomen.org and Gutfreund Cornett Art ask self-identified women artists to respond to and take an active role in this conversation, to create an exhibition in all mediums and genres, art that ranges from literal to poetic, abstract to representational, and psychological, to social and political commentary, art that represents the prismatic, collective vision for our future, that inspires communities and provides a framework for true innovation in our time.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION JURORS
Three works by each juror will be chosen from the approximately thirty-five installed works to receive Special Recognition and these artists will receive an exhibition catalog. These pieces will be highlighted within the gallery, in the print and online galleries, at the top of the Gutfreund Cornett Art online gallery and on the UniteWomen.org web page.
Suzanne Gray is a partner in Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA where she also resides. She has nearly a decade of experience in contemporary fine art, representing early and mid career artists. Along with her partner Donna Seager, she is recognized for her focus in materials based work including paintings, sculptures and artist books. She represents Seager Gray Gallery at international art fairs and is a member of the Marin Art Dealers Association and ArtTable. Suzanne has juried numerous art exhibitions in the Bay Area.
Michelle Nye manages programming at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, dedicated to the support of a thriving local arts community. Michelle steers Gallery operations, manages art sales and rentals program, organizes events, and sources artwork from the network of contemporary Bay Area artists. A Bay Area native, she resides in Oakland and studied fine art and art history at the University of California, Santa Cruz College of the Arts, the Università di Bologna, Italia, and L’Academia degli Belli Arti di Bologna, Italia.
ABOUT KALEID GALLERY:
KALEID (Greek for beauty and form) was borne out of San Jose’s Phantom Galleries (art in vacant storefronts & alternative spaces project) in December 2006. Over 90 fine artists and designers from the San Jose area make use of a 6,000 square foot retail space with individual exhibits that include painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry and textile art. Located next to San Jose State University in downtown San Jose, the third largest city in California.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday Noon-7 pm and until 11pm on First Fridays as part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk.
ABOUT GUTFREUND CORNETT ART
Gutfreund Cornett Art is a curatorial partnership that specializes in creating exhibitions in venues around the U.S. on themes of “art as activism”to stimulate dialog, raise consciousness and create social change. Karen Gutfreund and Sherri Cornett are Curator/Exhibition Directors, Arts Administrators and practicing artists. 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. Sherri Cornett, with degrees in political science and art, has a long history of advocacy, activism and campaign work around issues of human rights, women’s rights, environment, education and the arts, in board leadership, as an employee and as a volunteer. She focuses on socially-engaged projects in her own art and the projects she directs. Cornett has created international exhibition opportunities for women artists as Director of the Women’s Caucus for Art’s Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art, an art-based cultural exchange in China, and as Co-Director of Women + Body, an exhibition in South Korea. She has also represented the non-profit and NGO Women’s Caucus for Art at United Nations conferences.
UniteWomen.org seeks to equip and empower women to use their strengths, talents, and skills to further their participation as equal, valued voices in their communities, speaking out about the inequity of women’s experiences as citizens in their communities, their nations, and the world. Our mission is to change the social and cultural conversation to bring about awareness of the benefits and the necessity of inclusion, providing a collective voice for women in all processes that affect their lives. Our objective is to cultivate the edification of society on these issues in order to make effective change that will improve the lives of women. Achieving these goals will allow us effectively to empower women and girls to be equal, active participants in society, as well as in the political realm of our countries. A country cannot reach its highest potential until the voices of all citizens are acknowledged and manifested in a way that will positively impact the evolution of humanity.
UniteWomen.org is the national non-partisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that works to end inequality for women that stems from prejudice and discrimination and works to advance the human and civil rights of women and girls.
For more information and to enter, please go to: http://www.gutfreundcornettart.com/vision-an-artists-perspective-2016.html