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Announcing the winners of `La cultura es femenina´ 2020 Awards

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On the 15th of February 2020, at Espacio Cultural El Tanque of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain: El Laboratorio de Investigación e Innovación en Arquitectura, Urbanismo, Diseño y Turismo Avanzado (The Laboratoy of Investigation and Innovation in Architecture, Urbanism, Design and Advanced Tourism), a cultural non profit, presents its annual awards ‘La cultura es femenina 2020’ ('Culture is feminine 2020) which aknowledge the best art works and cultural initiatives for gender equality. The awards will be given during the opening of the art exhibition `La Cultura Es Femenina´ to be held et El Tanque

The nine awards La cultura es femenina 2020 ´will go to:  Cristi Pérez, a visual artist, Aline Machado & Lara Estévez Mora; Maia Koenig, a music and experimental ‘artivist’; Yanet Acota, a journalist and writer of ‘noir fiction’; Magüi González, an architect; Clara Capitão, an editor; the Newspaper EL PAÍS for its gender correspondent; HER Festival for its director Alejandra Galo and Centro de Arte La Regenta of Las Palmas de Canarias

Prizes Details: 

Eva’s Portraits by Cristi Pérez

Cristi Pérez, a visual artist is the winner of the Award to the Most Feminist Art Work, in the Art category for her photography series Retratos de Eva (Eva's Portraits) in which she represents a contemporary female figure, wrapped in her own cycles, knowing herself well and showing her inner self `with and without fear´, by breaking apart and multiplying to improve herself.

Urban Art by Aline Machado & Lara Estévez Mora

Aline Machado & Lara Estévez Mora and their entry LIBERarte (FREEart) are the winners of the Urban Art Residence La Cultura es Femenina 2020. Machado & Estévez Mora will produce a wall installation where themselves alongside volunteers will work together. They explain that `the mural will be carried out through the cross stitch technique, using a metal mesh base or nails strategically placed on the wall to work on, then fill them in a certain pattern with wool and thus collectively create an illustration that represents the current needs of female artists´.

‘Artivism’ experimental music by Maia Koenig

Maia Koenig is an experimental music artivist who builds her own instruments and interacts with sounds of all kinds. Koenig has been immersed in activities such as poetic self-publishing, fanzines, theatre, retro-games and toy recycling. She performed at festivals and cultural centres in Bolivia, Uruguay and Argentina where she presented Exe de Feminoise Latinoamérica and, in 2019 she toured with her Tour Europia through Spain, France, Austria, Ukraine and Italy. She currently resides in Barcelona, ​​where she expands her knowledge and shares it in concerts and workshops.

Residence of historical literature for Yanet Acosta

The writer, journalist and teacher Yanet Acosta is the winner of the historical literature residence. She is the author of well-known novels like El chef ha muerto (2011), No hay trabajo bueno (2013), the book Noches sin sexo (2014) and Matar al padre (2017). Acosta has collaborated with Paco Roncero, a Madrid based chef, on a book about him, titled Correr, cocinar y ser feliz (2014). The book has been awarded the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the section of Best Health and Nutrition book. She has been a contributor to different general media and magazines specialized in gastronomy. The winning proposal is entitled Las mujeres de Colón with which she will tackle the crew of Columbus's trips to the New World. The presence of women among the crew members is only documented since the second trip, but it is not ruled out among researchers there is a possibility that also on the first trip a woman was on board, when they passed the Canary Islands. 

Other awards

El Laboratorio has decided to also reward several initiatives, institutions and cultural personalities whose key element is their fight for gender equality:

The newspaper EL PAÍS for its correspondent on gender

One of the winners is the newspaper El País, a media outlet that has managed to adapt and put itself ahead of this social change. Since 1976 they have reported, when no one else did, about Spanish women taking flights to London to have legal abortions, a practice at that time still illegal in Spain. They have committed to the journey for equality since 42 years already. Also, in 2001, the newspaper pioneered in counting the number of fatalities due to sexual violence. They were even ahead of the administrations themselves. This newspaper has a clear gender correspondence, whose objective is to plan and improve the current coverage on these issues. The first correspondent is Pilar Álvarez (Granada, 1977), a journalist with a career of more than 15 years, who has covered social issues and has specialized in equality issues.

HER Festival

La Cultura Es Femenina 2020 rewards Alejandra Galo, the director of HER Festival to celebrate the influence of the festival’s initiative, from a committed but also playful perspective, for setting quotas in favour of women and so, for serving as a platform to make the art works of Canarian female artists visible both nationally and internationally. Galo states: “I thought it would be interesting to investigate what was happening, especially in the world of music, using the data that other associations are collecting and it turned out as I feared: the equality we presume is not real. Inequality continues to affect all sectors and industries, including the cultural, musical and festival industry as well. HER has grown from the desire to fight this inequality”.

Centro de Arte La Regenta

The of La Cultura Es Femenina rewards the contemporary art space La Regenta, a Las Palmas de Gran Canaria based organization which, in recent years, has been working towards gender equality and has presented the largest number of female artists in their exhibitions.

Magüi González and Clara Capitão, against the `glass ceiling´

Finally, the jury has distinguished two women of great importance in the cultural environment, who have managed to break the glass ceiling in this discipline. One of them is the Canarian architect Magüi González, who won the Canarian Architecture Award in 1996 and 2006, and was a finalist at FAD Awards 2006 and at X Biennial of Spanish Architecture Awards. Her work is characterized by a meditative architecture where daylight and the sea have a great influence. Throughout her career, Magüi González has won international design competitions such as the Rehabilitation of the Gabinete Literario de Las Palmas, which is currently underway, the expansion of the Centro de Arte La Regenta and the Waterfront of Puerto del Rosario.

The other professional who has managed to break the glass ceiling in her sector is Clara Capitão, the General Director of the Portuguese office of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. She shares the responsibility for the Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial with Patxi Beascoa, a member of the Steering Committee of Penguin Random House Spain. Capitão is also an Editorial Director, directly responsible for the two literary labels of Penguin Random House in Portugal, Alfaguara and Companhia das Letras.

Deadline: 
02/15/2020
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RISE: Empower, Change and Action!

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RISE: Empower, Change and Action! Deadline 4/21/18

Imagine creating positive change through art!

How do we listen, speak our minds, and collaborate across the generations, race, identity and culture? How do we build and empower our future, both locally and globally?

RISE: Empower, Change and Action! seeks to bring artists into dialogue and to bring forth what is important to self, community, our nation and the world at large through art that reflects and addresses complex socio-cultural issues and focuses on a vision for a more positive, empowering future, particularly for self-identified women and girls as well as their families. It is underpinned by the feminist principle that believes in political, economic and social equality for all.

Manifestations of empowerment can include gender equality; economic independence, education, access to health care, reproductive rights, human rights, freedom of expression, changing gender roles, and breaking gender and race stereotypes. Art submissions can range from literal to poetic, abstract to representational, and include social and political commentary. The show looks to include the more abstract ideals and universal themes of peace, exploration of belief systems, universal responsibility, and the search for beauty, and transcendence. Artists may submit works that are a source of healing, hope and compassion or instruments of growth, self-discovery, and social or political transformation. We welcome art that reflects personal as well as observed stories, whether myth, fact or fiction.

RISE aims to emphasize the commonalities of our human experience.

Art can be a powerful, productive force and instrumental in sparking change or critical thinking. Through this exhibition, we are committed to promoting and supporting local, national, and global art activism and bring to light issues and concerns, art can effect change.

 

VENUE: Whitney Modern, 24 N Santa Cruz Ave. 2nd Floor, Los Gatos, CA 95030
 

Whitney Modern Contemporary Fine Art Gallery is committed to engaging the community through the creative experience by showcasing thought provoking, collectible works of art from internationally recognized, mid-career and emerging contemporary fine artists. Whitney Modern offers an unparalleled upstairs exhibition space, qualified art consultation and staging services for established and new collectors, and professional promotion of fine art by presenting energetic exhibition schedules that introduce the Silicon Valley to the forefront of the contemporary art scene.

With the Santa Cruz Mountains as a backdrop, Los Gatos is a charming, historic community for art, wine, and shopping located in Silicon Valley​. (FYI, there is no elevator to the second floor gallery space) 

DATES OF EXHIBITION: July 18 – August 31, 2018 

RECEPTION:  Saturday, July 21, 2018 

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Entries must be completed by April 21st at 11:59 PM in your time zone. 
                                                   
ELIGIBILITY:  Artists residing in the United States. 

FROM THE ACCEPTED ARTISTS IN THIS EXHIBITION, ONE ARTIST WILL BE CHOSEN by Suzanne Whitney-Smedt, owner of Whitney Modern, TO HAVE A TWO-WEEK SHOW at Whitney Modern in the summer of 2019. All selections for RISE will be made by the exhibition curators. 

In addition, three SPECIAL AWARD JURORS will view the works and choose one piece each to receive acknowledgement, and prominent display in the catalog, website and social media sites of Whitney Modern and Gutfreund Cornett Art. 

This project will include a fundraiser for a nonprofit focused on women and girls’ empowerment focused on bringing awareness to issues of self-identified women and a variety of programming. Details will be provided as these are developed. 

 

EXHIBITION CURATORS:
Works will be selected by the four curators for the exhibition. From this selection, the Special Award Jurors will each choose a piece they feel exemplifies the theme of this exhibition. All decisions are final. One artist will be chosen by the Whitney Modern Gallery for a two-week exhibition in the summer of 2019. 

Suzanne Whitney-Smedt is Owner and Director of Whitney Modern Contemporary Fine Art Gallery (see Venue information). She is past Vice President of the Whitney Foundation, which helps fund and supplement those educational, health and housing projects that bring about positive changes in peoples’ lives.

Marianne McGrath is Curator of Art at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU). Her passion for art and art education motivates her work as a curator, consultant and art advisor. Prior to her position at NUMU, she served as Education Curator and Associate Art Curator at The Museums of Los Gatos. Her professional experience includes work as an independent curator, art historian, teacher and designer.  Ms. McGrath has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and holds a Master of Arts in Art History. 

Gutfreund Cornett Art is an independent curatorial partnership between Karen Gutfreund and Sherri Cornett which specializes in creating exhibitions on themes of “art as activism” to stimulate dialog, raise consciousness, encourage social change. Past exhibitions have focused on democracy, social justice, feminism and immigration issues. GutfreundCornettArt.com. 

 

SPECIAL AWARD JURORS: 
 

Joan McLoughlin
Owner, McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco.
The McLoughlin Gallery is contemporary art gallery serving as a site for exhibitions and public programs working with established international and local mid-career and emerging contemporary artists. We represent and promote artists working in a wide array of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. The mission for the gallery is to promote works and exhibitions with a social conscience and with plans to give back to the community. The gallery features established, European artists and emerging artists in the United States.

Jessica Porter
Executive Director of NY Artists Equity Association and Owner, Porter Advisory, New York City
Jessica L. Porter is the Executive Director of New York Artists Equity Association, Inc (NYAEA) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1947 by artists and art patrons with the mission to promote opportunities for artists. It operates Equity Gallery, an art space located on the Lower East Side of New York City.  Porter maintains her own consulting company since 2001, Porter Advisory, working with organizations and other galleries as an independent curator, creating exhibitions in alternative spaces and exposing emerging artists to unique opportunities. She advises emerging artists on career development, marketing and strategic growth and guides collectors and institutions through art selection processes and investment. From 2006 to 2017, Porter founded and directed Porter Contemporary, a Chelsea art gallery, where she was responsible for the overall strategy, business development and market growth, marketing and communications as well as talent acquisition and development of the gallery.

David Weinberg
Executive Director, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago.
David Weinberg is the Executive Director of a contemporary art gallery originally debuted in 2006 as David Weinberg Collection in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.  In 2016, the space became Weinberg/Newton Gallery, having taken on a new mission focused on social justice issues. The change reflected and acknowledged the influence of attorney and philanthropist Jerry Newton on the gallery’s work, particularly in building relationships with partner non-profit organizations. Newton actively has been involved with organizations including the ACLU of Illinois, Human Rights Watch, and Personal PAC for more than four decades. Together, David Weinberg and Jerry Newton have guided the Weinberg/Newton Family Foundation since 2009. David’s commitment to educational reform and passion for social justice is at the core of the gallery's mission. Weinberg/Newton Gallery aims to create space for dialogue about the many social justice issues that concern our local Chicago community and beyond. In collaboration with artists and non-profit organizations, we work to cultivate a culture of consciousness and inspire change by way of exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, artist talks, and more.

 

NOTIFICATION OF SELECTIONS: May 18, 2018 
 

MEDIA ACCEPTED: 
Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, video, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, glass art, performance, artist book. No giclees of original works are permitted. Giclees as part of a mixed-media work are acceptable. 

​Gallery will exercise the right to reject any work that does not accurately represent the submitted image. 

NONREFUNDABLE ENTRY FEES: 
$35/entry [students email us at GutfreundCornettArt@gmail.com for reduced $15/entry instructions]
Fee is per entry for up to three pieces of art per entry. Payments to be made through PayPal only. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay through PayPal. No refunds will be made after the jurying process has begun. 

CATALOG: We will create both print and online catalogs. Print catalog will be available through Amazon.com 

SALES OF ART: All sales will be handled by Whitney Modern with 50% going to the artist and 50% to the gallery. 

 READ MORE AND ENTER HERE: https://www.gutfreundcornettart.com/call-for-art-rise.html

 

 

 

Deadline: 
04/21/2018
Fee Detail: 
$35
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