Art In City Hall Celebrates The Power Of Female Artistic Agency With NOW!
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) will host a free reception and gallery talk for NOW! on Wednesday, February 6 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in City Hall, Room 116. NOW! is a collaborative group exhibition presented by the Women's Caucus for Art - Philadelphia Chapter (WCA Philly) and Women Holler!
Coinciding with National Women's History Month in March, NOW! features the work of 17 female and female-identifying artists members from WCA Philly and Women Holler! The exhibition presents a wide range of artistic disciplines and reflects the missions of these partner organizations. The title and theme of NOW! demonstrates an urgent call for change through the power of female artistic agency.
"Each exhibition at City Hall provides an opportunity to gain insight into Philly's diverse creative community," said Tu Huynh, City Hall Exhibitions Manager. "In NOW! we are reminded of the power of art as a platform for sharing experiences through personal artistic explorations, where art serves to amplify and bridge the voices of individual women artists in our paradigmatic, eventful times."
NOW! is the catalyst for bringing WCA Philly and Women Holler! together for the first time. In the spirit of inclusivity and building community, NOW! recognizes the need to expand our conversations - through art - about the important and changing roles of women in our society.
WCA Philly Chapter President, Liz Krick and the founder of Women Holler!, Pauline Houston McCall sought to bring their organizations together to expand the network and creative opportunities available for members of both groups. Using a blind jury, entries from Women Holler were selected by Natalie Merritt and Virginia Maksymowicz from the WCA Philly, while entries from the WCA Philly were selected by Pauline Houston McCall and Sheena Garcia of Women Holler!
This reception and gallery talk are free, open to the public and will include light refreshments. NOW! is on display in City Hall, Room 116 through March 22, 2019.
About Women's Caucus for Art - Philadelphia Chapter
The Women's Caucus for Art, a national all volunteer organization and a registered NGO with the United Nations, was founded in 1972. The organization's mission is to create community through art, education, and social activism. WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts; providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development; expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women; supporting local, national and global art activism; and advocating for equity in the arts for all. The Philadelphia Chapter, with support from the National WCA, is committed to inclusivity, outreach and collaboration to welcome and nurture all female identifying and gender non-conforming artists.
About Women Holler!
Founded by artist Pauline Houston McCall in the early 2000s, Women Holler! is a grass roots, Philadelphia-based group of women artists. Women Holler! has created a network of support for multiracial female artists, who face similar dilemmas of balancing the responsibilities of career, marriage and motherhood. By making art collectively, the members of Women Holler! have found inspiration and support to pursue their individual practices. The group has also provided opportunities for its members to organize and curate exhibitions, which have been mounted in many venues throughout the city.
About Art in City Hall
Bringing the people's art to the people's building, establishing a presence for the visual arts in one of the city's most important civic spaces and providing space for the local cultural community to display their work. Art in City Hall showcases juried exhibits united around a single community-driven theme or idea and may feature local emerging and professional artists, or a partnership with arts and culture institutions, schools, and community organizations. The exhibitions highlight the diverse cultural vibrancy of Philadelphia and showcase artwork by professional, emerging, and aspiring artists.
About City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) supports and promotes arts, culture and the creative industries; develops partnerships that ensure culture and creativity are essential components of Philadelphia's community revitalization, education, and economic development strategies; and links Philadelphians to cultural resources and opportunities.