Changing the World: Women Role Models 

A Juried Online Art Exhibit 

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A National WCA Exhibit sponsored by the Greater Washington, DC Chapter
 
May 17 - June 30, 2021

Juror: Dr. Yemonja Smalls

Reception: June 3, 2021, 6:30p via Zoom

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The goal of this exhibition is to honor and highlight the women in our lives that have impacted us directly and indirectly that helped to shape us into the women we are today. This could range from family, friends, educators, politicians, writers, clergy,  scientists, artists, and entertainers in traditional and nontraditional roles. We are living in a time where women are making huge strides in their perspective fields. This exhibit explores the figurative form and women as role models, and challenges artists to share their stories and perspectives on how women are changing the world.

Women's Caucus for Art artists exhibiting work

Alma Grand ● Avrel Menkes ● Barbara Robinson ● Bonnie MacAllister ● Cherie Redlinger ● Constance McBride
Cynthia Brannvall ● Cynthia Farrell Johnson ● Danielle Mužina ● Deborah Walmer ● Eileen Shaloum 
Ellen Maidman-Tanner ● Ghia Haddad ● Heather Stivison ● laura paladini ● Linda Andrei ● Linda Lowery
Lisa Grand Murphy ● Lisa Noble ● Manju Sadarangani ● Marla McLean ● Pauline Hudel Smith
Rhonda Urdang ● Sarah Schneiderman ● Sinan Leong Revell ● Susan Lenz ● Tanya Momi ● Tronja Anglero

Awards

1st Place
Rise of Eve
by Tronja Anglero

Rise of Eve by Tronja Anglero

2nd Place

Kusama with Wings
by Eileen Shaloum
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3rd Place
Susanna and the Vigilantes
by 
Danielle Mužina

Honorable Mention

Juniper

by Linda Andrei

When God Was A Woman

by Linda Andrei

Ruth
by Pauline Hudel Smith

About the Juror: Dr. Yemonja Smalls

Dr. Yemonja Smalls is an artist with very little formal artistic training. Originally from Hershey, PA, but a recent Chicago, IL to Baltimore, MD transplant, she works in the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration as the State Director of Coordination for Community Services or Case management. 

 

Yemonja completed her pre-doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute and received her doctorate from Louisiana State University in clinical psychology. She is expanding her clinical skills with a master’s degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with maintained interest in addressing the importance of self-care in the workplace where helpers experience high rates of compassion fatigue and burnout due to secondary trauma. 

 

Yemonja’s creations have been exhibited in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, on the set of the famous Fox Hit TV show “Empire”, Harold Washington Library, South Side Community Art Center, Gallery Guichard, Howard University, Hill Center Galleries, the Sojourner Family Peace Center among others, and reside in various private collections across the nation.

As the author and illustrator of “The Day It Rained, Yemonja has also sought to bring creative opportunities for children and their parents to discuss the challenges that dementia presents on the family structure.

When used to define a relationship, the uttered words, “it's complicated” suggest hidden or unexplained snags, trickiness, or entanglement that blur the beauty of the bond. Yemonja selects and assembles mixed media to convey the complexities that color relationships. In many of her creations, she explores both a metaphorical and literal process of breaking, tearing, hiding, layering, and cementing to yield insight into what creates and maintains unions. 

Through deconstructed and re-assembled materials, Yemonja presents multifaceted layers of said connections with precision. She presents reflections of life/death, self-love, soul-ties, and work-life balance, to name a few, for viewer dialogue. She often examines underlying trauma and its eruption onto the public life stage of many. She then visually knits pieces to build a reflection of peace and stability birthed within chaos. The chemistry of colors combined is held together, and even in fracture, everything remains whole.

https://yemonjapaints.com/