2017 Women’s Art Fair

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Texas Women’s Caucus for Art is proud to announce Vignette

DALLAS, TX – Vignette is an alternative art fair that showcases the work of creative female, and female identifying, minds that have been under recognized by art institutions and establishments. This satellite fair will take place during Dallas Arts Week, April 5th – 9th, at the former Women’s Museum Building in Fair Park. It will be professionally curated by Chelsea Pierce and include all disciplines of fine art. All programming for the fair will be filtered through the lens of a theme chosen by the curator, and will include an opening event, and a series of panel discussions. It will be open to the public and will provide ample exposure, as it will have extensive advertising by both the organization and Fair Park.

About the Curator
Chelsea Pierce is the Curatorial Administrative Assistant for Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Since joining the DMA in 2014, she has assisted in numerous exhibitions, commissions, publications, and public programs. She oversees the annual Awards to Artists grants that provide funding to artists in varying stages of their careers. As an independent curator, she most recently organized a group exhibition of three Dallas-based artists in a downtown high-rise building, titled Primary Research: Sean Cairns, Linnea Glatt, and James Sullivan. Pierce holds a BA in Anthropology, minor in Art History from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in Museum Studies from New York University.

About Vignette Art Fair
In literary terms, a vignette is a brief description meant to give a detailed portrayal of a character or scene. One can also use the technique of vignetting, in photography, to highlight an area of an image that the artist wants the viewer to focus on. In art and graphic design, however, the vignette is a small or repetitive image often placed around borders and relegated to the background, as it is thought of as simply decorative. Vignette Art Fair was conceived along these lines as an alternative fair that highlights talent that has been under recognized and made ancillary by art institutions and establishments. This satellite fair will bridge the gap between local and international art scenes by displaying the work of creative Texas female, and female identifying, minds during a time when the international art market descends on the city.

This year’s theme, Notes from the center, pays homage to the ideas presented by acclaimed critic and art historian Lucy Lippard, who noted in her volume of collected essays, From the Center, that to obtain true equality we must reform not revolutionize. The real revolution is creating a plural system for women that exists equally and alongside the current structures. On January 21st of this year, women took to the streets in astonishing number to protest for women’s rights, a unified action that spanned the globe. The Women’s March, along with the many recent women-centric art exhibitions, are an integral part of reforming the current patriarchy by promoting empathy and inspiring change. Not just to occupy, but to build and cultivate a space for women in the world. The inaugural Vignette art fair will activate this vision and put thought into practice. It is a blank page for women’s art to be considered within its own aesthetic and material contexts and to present views from the female perspective.

Notes from the center, presents a selection of women artists operating within the current system. Visual field notes that take account of women’s artistic production and reveal creativities yet to be embraced by institutions. The cross-disciplinary survey of nearly thirty women artists is organized by three themes: Identity, Engagement, and Reflection. Identity celebrates the cultural diversities that define the identities of women artists working in the present day on the basis of sexuality, ethnicity, religion, and politics. Engagement is a room- wide installation that considers the relationship between viewer and object, and comments on participatory elements that can be expanded upon in a broader philosophical framework. Reflection is a meditation on the legacy of female participation in the arts, looking at the history through a feminist standpoint and in contemplation of a feminist future.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 5th – Opening from 6-9PM
Thursday, April 6th – Art & Community Panel – 3:00-4:30pm
Friday, April 7th – Art & Collecting Panel – 3:00-4:30pm

 

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