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Friday, September 19, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
As summer draws to a close and the school year ramps up we wanted to take a minute and reflect on the amazing things we did this summer. While we had a couple of great events this spring and summer, our inaugural exhibition GUTSY: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism really made a splash. The exhibition, which featured 23 regional artists, endeavored to create a safe and inclusive space for artists and the viewing public to talk about current issues within the context of feminism. Highlighting the work of female artists and artists dealing with feminist issues, themes, and aesthetics the exhibition contextualized itself within the parameters of the art world and our society at large. This intention manifested itself in a number of ways throughout the exhibition with artists and artworks that represented a broad spectrum of ages, races, and backgrounds which resulted in differing approaches, mediums, and subject matter.
The exhibition also highlighted and raised funds and donations for the Baltimore-based, Power Inside, a harm reduction organization that serves women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression. They serve women impacted by incarceration, street life and abuse, offering direct services, advocacy, leadership development and public education to help women build self-sufficiency, heal from violence, and avoid future criminal justice contact.
The closing reception was a great place for all of these intentions to come together, and we had a wonderful turn out to Gallery CA, which included a dynamic live performance of No Skein of Thread to Follow, by artist Anne Boisvert, and the presentation of the first Orgs. Choice Award. A member/client of Power Inside, Ruby, presented the award to artist Quinn Palmer, for her piece Saint Bibiana, speaking poignantly about how the work moved her at a previous event in the gallery. Additionally, Jacqueline Robarge, founder of Power Inside, spoke to the GUTSY audience about the important changes her organization is striving to accomplish and the work that is yet to be done.
It was a beautiful closing to a very busy summer for our organization and we wanted to thank all of you for coming out to support these artists and The Feminist Art Project – Baltimore. If you missed the exhibition, don’t fret, we have other things in store for the upcoming fall and you can read more about the reception of the exhibition in our press section here.
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