New Call and meeting update…

Please check out the Calls for Art page for a great new opportunity!

The next meeting of the MIWCA is coming up on April 17, 2010.  We will begin by participating in a “SlowArt” event at the Grand Rapids Art Museum at 11:00 am.  The event itself is free but museum entry is required ($8).   Below are details taken from the event site:

Grand Rapids Slow Art Day, presented by ArtPrize

Saturday, April 17, 2010
Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center
11:00AM – 12:30PM – art viewing, 1:00PM -2:30PM Lunch at the GRAM Cafe


ArtPrize (Kevin Buist and Bill Holsinger-Robinson)

Fee: You pay the museum admission yourself day of the event and also pay for your own lunch.

Participants go to the Grand Rapids Art Museum on their own at 11:00AM (there is an $8 admission fee). Then, meet up for lunch at 1:00PM at the GRAM Café for discussion. Participants buy their own lunch.

Participants will spend about ten minutes with the following five works from the permanent collection. Each is located on the third floor.

  • William Merritt Chase, The Opera Cloak (Gallery 3)
  • Richard Diebenkorn, Ingleside (Gallery 4)
  • Oscar Kokoschka, Vienna, View from Liebharstal I (Gallery 6)
  • Joan Mitchell, The River (Gallery 7)
  • Lewis Luman Cross, Bird’s Eye View of Passenger Pigeons Nesting(Gallery 2)

ArtPrize + Slow Art Day

ArtPrize and Slow Art Day share a similar goal, but accomplish it in very different ways. When we met the founders of Slow Art Day, we wanted it to happen in Grand Rapids, so we decided to host and promote the event.

In some ways, we’re opposites. Which we find really interesting. Slow Art asks you to devote a lot of time to each work, while ArtPrize challenges participants to sort through over a thousand works in a short period of time. ArtPrize pushes production of new work,  Slow Art appreciates existing work in museum collections. ArtPrize turns the city into an art gallery, Slow Art requires participants to patronize (and in a small way, fund) existing art institutions.

Join us at the museum, take a deep breath, slow down, and enjoy some art.

Immediately following we will have a brief  WCA meeting and then everyone will be free to go!  We have a limited number of slots reserved so RSVP is essential to make sure there is room.  Hope to see you there!

New Opportunity! Check it out…

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop
presents our 6th Annual Exhibition of Art by Women

Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres
(Women, Women, Women)

Our annual exhibition of art by women, Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres is always an exciting exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media work by local, national and international women artists.  The work ranges from traditional to cutting edge contemporary and brings together women artists that are daring both inwardly and outwardly – artists who continue to make art with the knowledge that art made by women has been largely ignored throughout much of cultural history.

Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres exhibition dates are May 1 through June 12, 2010.

To submit work for consideration, email us a jpeg of your work to or call us at (520) 881-5335 for more information.

Submission deadline is Monday April 19, 2010

We look forward to your submission and participation!

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop
218 E. 6th Street
(1/2 block east of 6th St. & 6th Ave.)
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 881-5335

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop is Tucson’s only Latino based nonprofit cooperative contemporary art gallery located in Tucson’s Historic Warehouse District

Michigan Chapter Update by Kathleen Letts

2010 started out with a burst of activity for the Michigan chapter of WCA.  Board President Brenda Oelbaum headed up the chapter’s organizational contribution to the National WCA Conference in Chicago in February. This  included organizing the bus tour of notable Chicago art venues for conference attendees, manning the entrance at the Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner with the able assistance of Aisling Arrington and her two roommates Sophia and Ellise Smolenyah of the Center for Creative Studies and selling art books to benefit the National WCA at the CAA Conference. Chapter members Margaret Parker and K.A. Letts were included in the JWAN WCA exhibit Drawing the Line at the Beverly Arts Center, and members Christy Kelly-Bentgen(gallery show) and Shaqe Kalaj(online gallery) showed their work in the National WCA exhibit From the Center Now, curated by well  known feminist art critic Lucy Lippard at Woman Made Gallery. Brenda Oelbaum, K.A. Letts, Margaret Parker, and Barbara Carson attended the National Conference.

The western branch of the Michigan WCA  will begin meeting regularly next month and members of the eastern branch have made arrangements to visit the newly formed group in Grand Rapids.  Susan Mulder of the western branch has started a blog to help artists  to exchange information about calls for art,  brainstorm and generally keep in touch statewide.  The Hyperlink is:”\t_blank Susan encourages all members to mail her at the new Michigan blog address.

The Balance Project is moving forward, with most participants having finished Part 1.  Part 2 of the project is due to be completed by April 1.  The exhibition of the final work will be touring several venues during the summer and fall of 2010 including:-The Gallery in the Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan, River’s Edge Gallery, in Wyandotte, MI, Finlandia Reflections Gallery, Finlandia University, and Holland Area Arts Council, Holland,MI(tentative).  There are 38 artists participating in the project.

Support This Years Lifetime Achievement Awards!

Support the WCA-LAA and you could be the proud owner of this amazing lithograph “The Life Cycle of the Moth” by Chicago artist Eleanor Speiss-Ferris.

Fundraising Chair

The WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards are a proud 30 year tradition of
honoring women who make significant contributions to feminism and the
visual arts.  PLEASE help us in raising the  needed funds for this
inspiring event, which is funded entirely by contributions.

This year’s raffle prize, pictured below, is donated by Eleanor
Speiss-Ferris, a noted Chicago artist who’s been exhibiting her work
for over 30 years.  She’s donated a richly jewel toned  lithograph
titled “THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE MOTH”( 19″ x 19”).

1  TICKET    FOR   $ 15
3  TICKETS  FOR   $ 30
Ticket stubs and money may be mailed by Feb. 6th to our New York WCA
office :
WCA , P.O. Box 1490 , Canal Street Station, NY, NY  10013
If attending the confab in Chicago, tickets may be given directly to
the raffle committee,  Riko Takata or Dale Osterle.  Tickets may also
be given to the monitors at the WCA table in the CAA Book Fair by Feb
13th. The drawing will be held on Sunday afternoon, February 14th.

As we did last year for fun and extra incentive,  prizes will be
awarded to the chapters with the most sold tickets.
The winning
chapters will be announced shortly thereafter by email.

FIRST PRIZE        $ 125   gift card for art supplies or
exhibition card costs
SECOND PRIZE   $  75    gift card for art supplies or
exhibition card costs
THIRD PRIZE       $  50    gift card for art supplies or
exhibition card costs

Last year, St Louis earned the first prize, Washington D.C. received
the second prize and the California South Bay got the third prize.
Thanks to all who helped make last year’s raffle such a success!  Our
combined efforts  raised over $ 3000, a significant increase over the
year before,…..We’re hoping we can do as well this year.  As you
know, all proceeds go directly to the costs of the event and
catalog.   If your  chapter members purchase tickets online ,and you
wish to count them in the chapter competition, please include  their
names on the reporting sheet with  the other tickets you sell .

This year the awards will be held on Saturday Feb 13th, at 7:30 pm.
The dinner before the awards  starts at 6:00. The festivities take
place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph Street in
Chicago , during the WCA and College Art Association Conferences.
We’ll be honoring  Tritobia Hayes Benjamin, Mary Jane Jacob, Senga
Nengudi, Joyce J. Scott, and the Spiderwoman Theater, Lisa Mayo,
Gloria Miguel, and Muriel Miguel.  Please go to out website at for more information on our deserving honorees
and to purchase your tickets.

CONFAB Update info…

LAST CHANCE to book your hotel and purchase early registration for the WCA Confab in Chicago, February, 10-15.

EXTENSION ON ROOM RATES. Rates will be available until this Wednesday Jan 6,  5pm…. after that date/time, WCA rate will no longer apply.
Room rates: $125 king or 2 double beds (please indicate need), $225 suite. Reservations: 800-546-7866. Please mention code ‘Women’s Caucus.’ Room space is VERY limited! If you call the hotel and they no longer have rooms available at the WCA rate, please email
CAA and TFAP conference events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. WCA members who are CAA members, the Allegro is within walking distance to the Hyatt Regency Hotel Allegro <> 171 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
Are you looking for a ROOM MATE?? To be put in touch with others looking for a room mate email

WCA Confab
Take part in all of the WCA activities – Meet new people, network, get information, hang out, have fun.
Purchase the CONFAB deal, the WCA CONFAB Members-Only Early Registration Package for all events for only $175.. DEADLINE EXTENDED January 10, 2010 for only $175 after that only individual ticket prices will be available.

Register online at

Please note: Registration packets will be available at the Hotel Allegro from Wednesday, February 10  beginning at  5pm through Saturday February 14. Please stop by the concierge desk to be directed to the ‘Women’s Caucus for Art’ registration table and information/message board.

Happy 2010 from MIWCA!!!

It is a new year with lots of new things to add-like calls for art!  There are new calls for art so check out the calls page but here is one to prime the pump.  Hope you can all submit and represent MI!!

Sponsored by The Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art
Location: ARC Gallery in Chicago
Exhibition Dates: Feb 03-27
Jan 15 Deadline for receipt of jpeg
entry (3 image maximum)
Jan 20 Jurying notification on line
Jan 29 Art Delivery Deadline to:
ARC Gallery
832 W. Superior Street
Chicago, IL
Feb 03 Exhibition opens
Feb 05 ARC Reception 6–9 PM
Feb 12 CWCA Artists’ Reception
6–9 PM
Feb 27 Exhibition last day
Feb 28 Pick-up artwork
Kathleen Carot is Professor of
Speech and Theater and Coordinator
of Women’s and Gender Studies at
Oakton Community College.
Aron Packer is the co-owner of
Packer Schopf Gallery
Ann Rosen is the former director
of The Art Center in Highland Park.
Ann Rosen worked for 18 years as
the Executive Director of The Art
Center Highland Park presenting
monthly exhibits and art programs.
She is now pursuing her own work as
well as supporting efforts to promote
art and artists.
If you are shipping your work: All art
work must be delivered to ARC by
Federal Express, UPS or another
shipping company at your cost. We
do not recommend using the U.S.
Post Office as ARC has experienced
difficulty with past postal deliveries.
Note that ARC does not have the
personnel to go to the Post Office
to pick up undelivered, registered
or certified mail or to remove crates
from a shippers’ truck. The artist is
responsible for any special delivery
instructions or arrangements. Please
remember to inform the shipper of
the gallery hours. (Wed. thru Sat.
12–6:00 pm; Sun. 12–4:00 pm)
All artwork must be at ARC Gallery
by Friday, January 29. Do Not
use packing peanuts in any of your
Each artwork must have a label
on the back with the name of the
artist, title of the artwork, and
phone number.
Funding for CWCA programs and events is partially
funded by a City Arts Grant from The Chicago
Department of Cultural Affairs.
832 W. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60622
phone: 312.733.2787
gallery hours for ARC are:
Wed. thru Sat. 12–6:00 pm;
Sun. 12–4:00 pm.
The theme of the 2010 WCA National
Conference, being held in Chicago at
the same time, is “From The Center.”
In response, this show is called
“Off Center”, which could mean, for
example: out of focus, quirky, or off
the beaten path. The significance
of the theme “Off Center” is open
to individual artist’s interpretation.
A statement up to 40 words,
accompanying art work, is optional.
SubmIt Entries by e-mail only to:
Please include optional 40 word
statement and the following
information with your on-line jpeg
For each work, up to a maximum of 3,
• jpg file name:
• title of artwork
• medium of artwork
• dimensions of artwork
• price of artwork
Size your images no larger than
1920 pixels x 1920 pixels.Your jpgs
should be under 2 megs each.
Juried Mid-West Region
WCA members’ exhibition
Open to all WCA members living in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois,
Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska,
North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
OF WCA if work is accepted.
• WCA MEMBERSHIP application is
available on the CWCA website:
or on the national WCA website:
• MEDIA: All media accepted: 2D, 3D, 4D;
if mixed media, be specific.
Juried by jpegs
• SIZE LIMIT: 72” in any direction.
Artist needs to be present to assist with
the installation of large or awkward sized
work. Artist should check with ARC.
work will not be hung.
shipping costs and return shipping
arrangements and cost; and insurance.
• $25 HANGING FEE due upon acceptance
of work. Check made payable to CWCA
and mailed to:
Judith Roth, 1801 W. Larchmont Ave.
#410, Chicago, IL 60613

Sponsored by The Chicago Women’s Caucus for ArtLocation: ARC Gallery in ChicagoExhibition Dates: Feb 03-27CALENDARJan 15 Deadline for receipt of jpegentry (3 image maximum)Jan 20 Jurying notification on lineJan 29 Art Delivery Deadline to:ARC Gallery832 W. Superior StreetChicago, ILwww.arcgallery.orgFeb 03 Exhibition opensFeb 05 ARC Reception 6–9 PMFeb 12 CWCA Artists’ Reception6–9 PMFeb 27 Exhibition last dayFeb 28 Pick-up artworkJURORS:Kathleen Carot is Professor ofSpeech and Theater and Coordinatorof Women’s and Gender Studies atOakton Community College.Aron Packer is the co-owner ofPacker Schopf GalleryAnn Rosen is the former directorof The Art Center in Highland Park.Ann Rosen worked for 18 years asthe Executive Director of The ArtCenter Highland Park presentingmonthly exhibits and art programs.She is now pursuing her own work aswell as supporting efforts to promoteart and artists.DELIVERY of ACCEPTED ARTIf you are shipping your work: All artwork must be delivered to ARC byFederal Express, UPS or anothershipping company at your cost. Wedo not recommend using the U.S.Post Office as ARC has experienceddifficulty with past postal deliveries.Note that ARC does not have thepersonnel to go to the Post Officeto pick up undelivered, registeredor certified mail or to remove cratesfrom a shippers’ truck. The artist isresponsible for any special deliveryinstructions or arrangements. Pleaseremember to inform the shipper ofthe gallery hours. (Wed. thru Sat.12–6:00 pm; Sun. 12–4:00 pm)All artwork must be at ARC Galleryby Friday, January 29. Do Notuse packing peanuts in any of yourpackages.Each artwork must have a labelon the back with the name of theartist, title of the artwork, andphone for CWCA programs and events is partiallyfunded by a City Arts Grant from The ChicagoDepartment of Cultural Affairs.ARC GALLERY INFO832 W. Superior StreetChicago, IL 60622phone: 312.733.2787email: info@arcgallery.orgwww.arcgallery.orggallery hours for ARC are:Wed. thru Sat. 12–6:00 pm;Sun. 12–4:00 pm.EXHIBITION THEMEThe theme of the 2010 WCA NationalConference, being held in Chicago atthe same time, is “From The Center.”In response, this show is called“Off Center”, which could mean, forexample: out of focus, quirky, or offthe beaten path. The significanceof the theme “Off Center” is opento individual artist’s interpretation.A statement up to 40 words,accompanying art work, is optional.ENTRY SUBMISSIONSubmIt Entries by e-mail only include optional 40 wordstatement and the followinginformation with your on-line jpegsubmission.For each work, up to a maximum of 3,indicate:• jpg file name:yourlastname-firstnameinitial-1.jpg;yourlastname-firstnameinitial-2.jpgyourlastname-firstnameinitial-3.jpg• title of artwork• medium of artwork• dimensions of artwork• price of artworkSAVE JPEG AS: RGB ColorSize your images no larger than1920 pixels x 1920 pixels.Your jpgsshould be under 2 megs each.PROSPECTUSJuried Mid-West RegionWCA members’ exhibitionOpen to all WCA members living in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois,Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska,North Dakota, South Dakota, and WisconsinREQUIREMENTS• ARTIST MUST BECOME A MEMBEROF WCA if work is accepted.• WCA MEMBERSHIP application isavailable on the CWCA website:www.chicagowca.comor on the national WCA• MEDIA: All media accepted: 2D, 3D, 4D;if mixed media, be specific.Juried by jpegs• SIZE LIMIT: 72” in any direction.Artist needs to be present to assist withthe installation of large or awkward sizedwork. Artist should check with ARC.• WORK MUST BE READY TO HANG orwork will not be hung.• ARTISTS RESPONSIBILITIES: ALLshipping costs and return shippingarrangements and cost; and insurance.• $25 HANGING FEE due upon acceptanceof work. Check made payable to CWCAand mailed to:Judith Roth, 1801 W. Larchmont Ave.#410, Chicago, IL 60613

New WCA President

MI WCA extends their congratulations to the new WCA president!


The votes have been received and counted and we are pleased to announce
Priscilla Otani as the new President-elect.
She will serve as President after Janice Nesser’s two-year term, which
starts in February 2010 at the Chicago conference.
Priscilla’s presidency will run from February 2012 to 2014.

Priscilla belongs to the Northern California Chapter and is a wonderful
collage and multimedia artist. Luckily for WCA, she comes with a strong
background in administration and has worked extensively with industrial
workplace compliance issues.
She is excellently suited to lead our group into a new era of art activism.
We have many great hopes for WCA with Janice and Priscilla leading us into
the future of the organization.


Yuriko Takata
WCA Nominations Chair