The Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, DC invited members of the National Women’s Caucus for Art to submit artwork for a juried online exhibition entitled "See My Color," WCADC’s Social Justice Art Exhibition. "See My Color" will explores artists' relationships with racial injustice, police brutality, and criminal justice reform through visual art. The show aims to confront the current social injustices surrounding the deaths of people of color in the United States by law enforcement, as well as systemic racism as a whole. “I don’t see color” is not an acceptable response. 

Fees from the Call raised funds for an Art Scholarship to a female identifying BIPOC (black, indigenous person pf color). You can still contribute a non-tax deductible donations here: 

 

 

Juror/Curator's Statement

Firstly, I want to thank Sandra Davis, a Black woman artist with the Washington, DC chapter of WCA for reaching out and pushing for the selection for me, an independent Black woman artist, dealer and curator, to jury the call for See My Color, a show which not only wanted to provide artists an opportunity to speak around issues of American justice, and gave voice to Black and minority/POC voices while also including an action item to the call. Whether you were selected or not, your contribution is an actual revolution and we thank you.

 

In 2020, African-American Black artists only attribute to 1.2% of ALL ART in American art museums. Most Black artists and artists of color I encounter tell me a story about being young and going to museums and not seeing their story told. I was very excited about the theme of this show because it invited artists not to shy away from a tough subject matter, it gave voice for artists of color to speak about their experiences and it gave space for Black artists in particular to speak around how they feel about the current events. For these reasons I feel that the inclusion of Black jurors, Black curators and Black artists is essential to organizations such as WCA and I appreciate them answering the call for Black inclusion in these times by actually positioning and empowering Black artists.

 

I am a fan of portraiture. I love seeing people and being able to connect to them. I enjoy abstract work with strong color theory and movement. I love art that feels like people from all backgrounds are able to tell their truths, particularly about complicated issues such as race and class relations in America. I want to be able to see a piece of art and read the title and understand what the artist is saying. Sometimes the background and process of creation really make a piece make sense. The pieces I chose fit the theme and created an emotional narrative around the theme, See My Color, which pushes against the dismissal of stories of Black Americans and POC identified artists.

As a curator I divided the work into 3 movements. First, I wanted viewers to see The People. The faces. I want viewers to see the subject matter and see the COLOR and the identity and relate and connect to the stories. I started with the faces and challenged viewers to begin their experience by connecting to the actual people we are talking about.

Second, we arrive at what I called the American Awakening. These are pieces that explore identity and the voices of those who have had privilege in America addressing why that is problematic. There were courageous voices of allies of POC alongside the stories of existence. These stories fade into the violence of 2020. We cover the police murders and provide a unique multi-racial and socio-economic response.

 

Lastly, we peruse work that examines the complicated history of America and what led us to these moments in 2020. I wanted to bring us back to an uplifting and explorative space. We are trying to find answers as a whole and there is beauty in that.

 

Ultimately, it is our responsibility as jurors, curators and arts-based organizations to shed truth on the American narrative. But even further, to shed truth on the ways the art scene empowers or silences voices of color and specifically Black voices. Not just in 2020 when it is popular, but as an approach to arts as a whole. I hoped my selections reflected an overall effort to speak to politics, social and racial justice and identity and American narrative which includes Black voices specifically. I hope my curating provides an opportunity to see humans, hear their unique and important perspective and create policy and movement which supports forward movement in the visual arts community.

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Juried Artists Displaying Work

Afi Ese

Allicette Torres

Angie Meche Kilcullen

Avrel Menkes

Bess French

Bonnie Askowitz

Camilla David

Carol Williams

Carolyn Bell

Carve Stone

Cherie Redlinger

Cindy Warch

Debbie Gibbs

Deborah Walmer

Dellis Frank

Eileen Shaloum

Ellen Maidman-Tanner

Gale Gladney-Anderson

Jenny Wilson

Jinny Isserow

Juliet Hossain

Karen Cohen

Kathy Turner

Linda Joy Kattwinkel

Linda Lowery

Lucy Julia Hale

Lynda A Levy

Madison Bolls

Mara Odette Guerrero-Williams

Margaret Parker

Marie Allen

Marla McLean

Maryann Riker

Maundy Mitchell

Megan King

Raven Featherstone

Rosa Ines Vera

Sandra Davis

Sarah Jones

Susan Lenz

Theresa Brown

Tronja Anglero

1st Place
Mr. Jim Crow on my Shoulder
by Bonnie Askowitz
2nd Place
Two As One
by Linda Joy Kattwinkel
3rd Place
Freedom
by Marie Allen
Honorable Mention
Pieces of Us
by Alicette Torres
1st Place
1st Place

Mr. Jim Crow on my Shoulder by Bonnie Askowitz 25x40" A black man in Miami is disturbed by racial discrimination. Mixed Media Quilt

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2nd Place
2nd Place

Two As One by Linda Joy Kattwinkel This portrait celebrates the nearly 30-year friendship across the racial divide between my friend, a Black woman (right side) and myself, a white woman (in the shadows on the left side). While we face racism together, she is the primary portrait because she is the primary target of racism. Together we stare at the viewer, challenging the viewer to engage with our determination to confront racism. 12x12" NFS

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3rd Place
3rd Place

Freedom by Marie Allen My pop art conveys a powerful message through Accessorizing 22x12" $500

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Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention

Pieces of Us by Allicette Torres This work is a social commentary, a poem and story about the violence and collision of forces against people of color. We are constantly and consistently shifted back and forth, wanted, dominated and then rejected, as needed, by cultures of dominance. We are locked into this, perpetually. VIDEO Contact Artist for Price To view video, go to exhibit below.

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Exhibition Images

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