Lifting the Expression of the Feminine in All Forms
At Women Writing for (a) Change Jax, our vision is to lift the expression of women in all forms, starting with writing but extending to all forms of media and the expressive arts and sciences, including musical, performing, theater, film, journalism, and of course, the visual arts. We have a legion of reasons for this, but the fact that our national museums have traditionally focused almost exclusively on white men is a compelling reason enough.
Up until now, the data shows that less a ridiculously small percentage of art in our national and international museums and galleries is by women, much less women of color. We aim to change that, starting our own backyard. Each semester we hold an art show featuring local women artists, some as our primary artists but always with a “community gallery” where any female-identifying artist can submit their work. The work from these artists, and the writing it inspires each semester, is collected into an annual anthology titled, (a) river rising: Anthology of Women’s Voices. Our first anthology was printed in November of 2019, with the theme of Rise and Shine, based on our 2018-2019 art shows, and including work from the past five years of writing in the Jacksonville community.
Current and Future Art Show Themes
- Rise and Shine (2018-2019)
- Birds and Blooms (2019-2020)
- Roots and Branches (2020-2021)
- River and Oceans (2021-2022)
- And Justice…For All (2022-2223)
Spring 2020: CALL TO ARTISTS: “BLOOMS” (Community Gallery)
Exhibition: February 28, 2020, to May 16, 2019
Opening: Friday, February 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Drop Off: Sunday, January 26, 2020, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Pick Up: Sunday, May 17, 2020, 2-4 p.m.
Contact: Jennifer Wolfe: Jennifer@WomenWritingJacksonville.com or Deborah Reid: ReidArtLaw@gmail.com
Theme: We are celebrating flowers, beauty, the natural world, and all that we see blooming around us…good or bad. We have already selected six primary artists, but other individuals may contribute 1-3 pieces for a “community garden gallery.” We are imagining a lovely garden of artwork, filled with native plants and people!
Deadline: Submit online by Friday, January 25, 2020.
Entry fee: $15 for up to three pieces (for “community garden” gallery)
Max. Size: 16” x 20” max. Smaller pieces preferred.
Location: Women Writing for (a) Change, Jax, 1610 Osceola Street, Jacksonville, FL, 32204. This is a historic home where numerous writing and related events are held each semester. The writing this semester is based on writing in nature.
Guidelines: Paintings, collage, mixed media, photography and sculptures will be accepted. Artwork must be original work by the artists. Art must be properly framed with wire on the back (no saw-tooth hangers). Gallery-wrapped canvases must have all sides painted. All frames must be in good condition; worn, chipped frames and art with mats that are not clean will not be accepted. Please be sure each piece is clearly marked with a paper tag noting the name of artist, title, framed size, and medium.
Insurance: Please note that Women Writing for (a) Change will not have insurance in place to cover your work while it is in the show. Please obtain your own insurance.
Media: Artists agree that images of work submitted may be used in promotional materials for show and related events.