“Women, Yes!” Art Posters on AAATA Buses

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) has partnered with the Women’s Caucus for Art Michigan (WCAMI) to feature artwork inside its buses this summer. The WCAMI held a competition for poster designs which resulted in eight finalists. Their artwork will be featured inside buses throughout TheRide’s expanded and improved service area.

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The “Women, Yes!” campaign provides exciting and thought-provoking visual artworks that represent the stories of women’s lives and how those stories change as women take charge of their own destiny. “When a woman is empowered, it transforms not only her own life but also the lives of her family, her children, and her community,” said Margaret Parker, President of WCAMI. “This is a story that the Women’s Caucus for Art of Michigan is proud to share with the widest possible audience by exhibiting this work in conjunction with TheRide’s public transportation system.”

“Women, Yes!” aims to enliven the city buses with visual art, open opportunities for women artists in Michigan, and serve as a forum to initiate positive change through art. The Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art provides leadership opportunities for women in the visual arts, professional development at every level of an artist’s career, and membership in a network of local, regional and national support. It is one of 24 chapters around the country that are part of the National Women’s Caucus for Art.

Winning Artist Bios and Statements:

Eloise Hirlemann:Dancers on Blue”

Eloise Hirlemann, a Sister of Mercy, lives and works in Farmington Hills. Her work has been exhibited in and around Detroit.

“Dancers on Blue” speaks about women enjoying lives of affectionate respect, equality, compassion and union with others.

Barbara Melnik Carson: “We are all Sisters 3”

Barbara Melnik Carson is a Detroit-born sculptor living in Ann Arbor. Her work has been exhibited in New York and around the Midwest and is held in private collections from Detroit to Ukraine.

We are all Sisters 3” represents my teachers in a diverse Detroit neighborhood, sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who taught us that educated women could be strong leaders in faith while teaching empathy and social justice.

Jane Reiter: “Think About It”

Jane Reiter is a librarian, artist and Zentangle teacher who lives in Lansing.  She creates art with mixed media collage, fiber and Zentangle, a meditative drawing process.

“Think About It” presents a woman with an intense, piercing, and strong gaze into the viewer’s eyes.

Carol Morris: “Lady in Green and Red Dress,” “Mona Lisa in a Business Suit”

Carol Morris is a published poet and multi-media artist who has exhibited nationally. She is a retired Senior Policy Analyst for the State of Michigan who lives in Ann Arbor.

“Lady in Green and Red Dress” is a watercolor collage on Yupo paper that includes an original cover illustration of a woman from Redbook Magazine, 1936.

“Mona Lisa in a Business Suit” is a watercolor collage on vintage wallpaper.

Margaret Parker: “Day in the Life”

Margaret Parker is an artist whose paintings, sculpture and installations have been shown nationally and in Canada and Mexico. Her work is in the collection of the United States Capitol, the State Department Art Bank, the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, and many private collections.

“Day in the Life” is a painting in gouache that follows a woman down all the exuberant paths of her daily life.

Cat Jackson: “Flying,” “Fab”

Cat Jackson is an artist and printmaker who lives in Norton Shores and shows her work throughout the state and on etsy under catjacksonstudio.

“Flying” is linoleum cut block print that encourages us all to be fearless and follow our path, no matter how challenging it may be.

“Fab” is linoleum cut block print that encourages fierce, beautiful and strong femininity.

More information on the WCAMI can be found at miwca.wordpress.com, and the latest information on TheRide’s routes and schedules is available on TheRide.org or by calling (734) 996-0400.


Side-by-Side, AAWA POP-X Proposal

The Ann Arbor Women Artists(AAWA) proposal, Side-by-Side, has been accepted for the juried POP-X event for September 22-October 1, 2016!

The POP-X team is inviting all AAWA members to participate in this community engagement project. Right now we are preparing for the pavilion installation to be set up in Liberty Plaza Park downtown Ann Arbor for the event.

The goal of this project is to promote community wholeness, inclusiveness and understanding by collaborating on works of art. We will be holding workshops from June 27 through August where each participating AAWA member will be paired with a community member. The pair will discuss their commonalities. The pairs will then use acrylic paint, clay, collage or mixed media to create realistic or abstract 3D portraits to express their commonalities as well as their uniqueness. Select portraits will be on display during the event.

Some fun ways to get involved right now:
1. Sign up to pair with a community member to create 3D portraits (time commitment of 6-8 hours)
2. Help coordinate and/or facilitate/teach workshops
3. Take photographs of the workshops and portraits
4. Teach and/or create mosaic frames on small mirrors
5. Help with pavilion design and construction
6. Help coordinate pavilion activities and many more ways…

We are coordinating with a number of diverse community groups to find community member participants.
A few examples of groups that have already responded include:
1. Girls Group scheduled workshop June 271-4pm
2. Silver Club
3. Neutral Zone

The POP-X team will provide an orientation and training to all AAWA members interested.

To learn more please reply to this email or contact the project co-chairs:

Liz Wilson  info@veoartstudio.com

Mary Murphy marykmurphyart@aol.com

Lidia Kaku lidiardk@gmail.com

Or come to one of our meetings at AAWA:
Thursday June 16, 10am-12pm
Wednesday June 221-3pm
Thursday June 30, 10am-12pm

We hope you will join in!

The POP-X 2016 Team

“Women Artists” Postcard Show

image1Sunday, June 12:

First Postcard workshop, 2 to 5 pm.

4631 Hess Road, Saginaw.

Hosted by Mary Foster.

Coordinated by Laura Slider.

RSVP to Laura Slider: lauralslider@gmail.com

“Women Artists” Postcard Show

WCAMI is pleased to collaborate with the Colorado chapter on an exhibition and exchange of art postcards on the theme of “Women Artists”.  Each chapter will create 100 cards and send them to the other chapter, where they will be selected for exhibition.

You do not need to be a member to participate. Come and check us out. Honor your favorite women artists and have your work shown in Colorado.

The Colorado show will take place at the Bemis Library in Denver in December.  Our postcards will be an adjunct to their member show, and then (since sales are not permitted at the library) be moved to Colorado member sales.  We will host their postcards in 2017.  Proceeds from each show will go to the hosting chapter.

We will hold three free workshops to create cards and mail them en masse on November 1st:

SAGINAW:  Sunday, June 12th, 2 to 5 pm at Mary Foster’s studio, 4631 Hess Road.

HAMTRAMCK:  Saturday, July 9th, 1 to 4 pm at Hatch Art, 3456 Evaline.

ANN ARBOR:  Sunday, September 18th, 1 to 3 pm at Carol Morris’s studio, 912 Rose Ave.

We’ll provide the following materials, as well as light refreshments, but feel free to bring more:

  • Watercolors and acrylics
  • Glues
  • Markers
  • Rubber stamps
  • Stickers
  • Magazine images

Postcards should be standard size 4×6″, illustrated on one side and blank on the other, two dimensional.  Finished cards will be gathered at the workshops, or you may mail them in an envelope to Carol Morris, 912 Rose Avenue, Ann Arbor 48104, no later than October 28.

Postcard image by Carol Morris, go Carol!

Margaret Parker
President, WCAMI

Call for Entry: Real American

Ann Arbor Art Center is seeking work for Real American, a juried exhibition to be held in 117 Gallery at the Art Center from July 1 through August 17, 2016. The deadline for entry is June 12, 2016.  The juror is Peter Baker, an Ann Arbor photographer whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, National Geographic Traveler. All artistic media are welcome.

Entry fee is $35.00

Entry Deadline: 6/12/16

What is “Real American”? We seek to explore then generational, ethnographic, cultural, and anthropological ideals of what the word American means. From fresh apple pie to Budweiser, the Star Spangled Banner to Party in the USA, what is the modern American experience? Are we entering the sci-fi World of Tomorrow, longing for the Norman Rockwell past, or painting ourselves into an Idiocracy? If our culture is our biggest export, what kind of image are we presenting to the world? This exhibition seeks artworks that span the spectrum from whimsical to austere, nostalgic to provocative. Artworks may consist of images from popular and visual culture, contain everyday objects assembled in unexpected ways, or incorporate stars and stripes.real american

$500 Best In Show
$200 2nd Place
$100 3rd Place
Two Honorable Mentions

Artists are invited to submit up to three images as jpeg files per entry. Artworks should have been created within the past three years and not previously shown in any Ann Arbor Art Center exhibitions. All media are welcome.

For more information go here:




Women, Yes! Posters in AAATA Buses

Call for Entry

Women, Yes!: Bringing Art to the AAATA Community, 2016

The Michigan Women’s Caucus for Art is looking for women artists from Michigan to participate in Women Yes!, a poster competition and campaign that will bring art by talented women artists into AAATA buses in the Ann Arbor, Dexter, Saline, Milan and Ypsilanti areas. Our goal is to provide exciting and thought-provoking visual artworks in poster form inside buses throughout the system. Women Yes! will feature work by Michigan women artists and will promote awareness of the vibrant network of artists, curators, writers and arts professionals who are members of the Women’s Caucus for Art.

Empowerment of women is the theme of this poster series. The stories of women’s lives and how those stories change as women take charge of their own destiny is not just a “women’s story” but an important human story. When a woman is empowered it transforms not only her own life but also the lives of her family, her children and her community. This is a story that the Women’s Caucus for Art of Michigan is proud to share with the widest possible audience by exhibiting this work in conjunction with the AAATA public transportation system.

Eight final images will be chosen to be printed as posters for display in AAATA buses during 2016. The selected images will be reproduced within a template provided by WCAMI and printed. The image to be designed will be 14” x 9.5”. The final poster will be 17” x 11”. Each design should include the title, Women, Yes!, within the design.


Guidelines for “Women, Yes!”

Bringing Art to the AAATA Community, 2016

AAATA Standards

AAATA has these advertising standards. All selected entries will be approved by the AAATA according to these standards.

In order to minimize the chances of abuse, the appearance of favoritism, and the risk of imposing upon a captive audience, advertising in or on AAATA vehicles which does any of the following shall be prohibited.

  1. Contains false, misleading, or deceptive material.
  2. Promotes an illegal activity.
  3. Advocates violence or crime.
  4. Infringes copyright, service mark, title or slogan.
  5. Defames or is likely to hold up to scorn or ridicule a person or group   of persons.
  6. States or implies the endorsement of a product or service by AAATA.
  7. Contains political or political campaign advertising.
  8. Contains advertising that is obscene or pornographic, or in advocacy of imminent lawlessness or violent action.
  9. Promotes alcohol or tobacco products.

Design entry guidelines.

  1. Each artist may enter 3 designs within one submission.
  2. Create your designs to these dimensions: 9.5”ht. x 14” w.. Images in other dimensions will not be accepted.
  3. Create your designs at 300 dpi, no more than 5MB.
  4. Create your designs in CMYK mode, which is best for printing (in Photoshop, go to image/mode/ select CMYK.)
  5. Include the title, Women, Yes!, in the graphic, hand drawn or in typeface, as small or large as you prefer. Images without the title, Women, Yes! , will not be accepted.
  6. Interpret the theme of empowering women as broadly as your expression takes you, within the AAATA guidelines listed above.
  7. Label each image as “Title_14x9.5_year”. Save each as a jpg.

Example: Women’s-Work_14x9.5_2015.jpg

          1. Send an email to wcamichigan@yahoo.com. Put “Women Yes!” Submission YOUR NAME in the subject line.
          2. In the body of the email, give your name, address, phone number, email address, WCAMI member, new joining member, or not member. List the titles of all the images you’re entering.
          3. Attach up to 3 images for your submission to the email.
          4. Pay online using Paypal button on the WCAMI blog or send your check by mail ($5 for a WCAMI member or $10 for a non-member) to Loisann Arnold, 8569 Stonegate Dr., Northville, MI 48168. Checks due: February 23, 2016. Your check must be received before your entry will be considered.
          5. All entries due: March 1, 2016. Your check must have been received the week before.
          6. If you wish to become a WCAMI member, pay using the PayPal button on this blog. Then contact Elizabeth Wilson, at info@veoartstudio.com. If you’re becoming a new member, and wish to use the member fee of $5 for this submission, we must receive your member check before your entry will be considered.
          7. Winners will be announced on March 15, 2016. Winning entries will be posted in all AAATA busses around April 1-10, 2016. Winning designs will also be posted on the WCAMI blog and the Facebook page.

Dec. 1: Call sent out.

Feb. 23: New member checks due, entry fees due.

Mar. 1: All entries due.

Mar. 8-15: Jury selects 8 finalists. AAATA approves selections.

Mar. 15: Winners announced

Mar. 20: Artwork goes to printer.

Apr. 1-10: Posters go up in buses.

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WCAMichigan wins MCACA Minigrant

We are very pleased to announce that WCAMI has been awarded a MCACA Minigrant for 2016 to help send 2 Michigan members to the national WCA Conference in Washington, D.C.. Congratulations to all involved! The $700 award will be matched by private donations. We would like to thank the MCACA and Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County for this support.

Our thanks goes to the Michigan Council for their support of the visual arts, and through WCAMI to individual women artists in Michigan.
Our thanks goes to the Michigan Council for their support of the visual arts, and through WCAMI to individual women artists in Michigan.


Our thanks to the Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County!
Our thanks to the Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County for their assistance in receiving this grant!


This grant will strengthen national connections, strategies and feedback to our members and, through them, to the Michigan community.

The National WCA Conference is a great way to meet artists, curators and arts professionals from around the country. It runs concurrently with the College Art Assoc. Conference, the largest gathering of it’s kind for working artists in the country. It’s held every February for 4 days of WCA meetings along with national juried shows, art tours of regional specialties planned by the local WCA chapter, panel discussions in collaboration with the Feminist Art Project, and many networking opportunities. Go to www.nationalwca.org for more information and sign up now!

Call for Art Matthaei Botanical Gardens Ann Arbor

University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens has issued a juried call for art to be installed in the garden’s conservatory November 28-January 3 as part of their winter exhibit. The theme is Forest and Tree: A Multitude of Gifts, and the show is open to all media. Artworks will be displayed throughout the conservatory building. Interested artists may send 3 images (72 dpi, maximum 1MB each) to mdbetz@umich.edu.

There is no fee to enter, deadline for entry is October 16. For additional information go to: http://bit.ly/1Kk7eCy

August WCAMI Meet-Up

Studio visits give you a chance to see women artists at work, how they organize their space, time and surrounding life. It also supports working artists of WCAMI. This month Elizabeth Wilson will open her space, VEO Art Studio, to talk about her work and give a demonstration in her sculpture techniques.

Studio Visit: VEO Art Studio
with Elizabeth Wilson
Sunday, August 23, 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m.
114 North Main Street, Suite 8, 
Chelsea, MI 48118
 (please note the “North” Main to be sure 
you are going to the right address)
Free parking on all street 
and in nearby parking lots. 
Meet Elizabeth Wilson
In 2012, after working at the University of Michigan for many years in research, medical education, and information technology, I returned to making art. My main focus is on figure sculpture however I enjoy watercolor painting and charcoal figure drawing. As to the subject matter – I want to offer an alternative expression, in my female figure sculpture, to that of the male view on the female figure. I teach portrait and figure sculpture, basic drawing, and figure drawing at VEO.
VEO Art Studio offers a variety classes and workshops ranging in topic from drawing, sculpture, painting, creative studio process, art of mandala, jewelry/healing beads, mixed media and more. Classes and workshops are taught by a number of local artists. At this time most offerings are for adults (13 years or older). We have just started youth programs this spring and we plan to add options for all ages in time. See the website, www.veoartstudio.com for more information and online register.

Window Installation Opportunity in A2

Rustbelt Arts

mike-sivak-aquariumSorry for the rather poor quality of this photo, but I took this picture on my phone while walking around in downtown Ann Arbor.  This is an installation by talented A2 artist Mike Sivak whose beautifully crafted artworks often refer to devotional objects such as reliquaries and altars, all in the service of his reverence for art.

This installation is part of an ongoing program of  Ann Arbor Art Center which selects  artworks to appear in the “Aquarium” microgallery on Ashley Street near Liberty, adding some much-needed visual liveliness to an otherwise featureless  city block. The space is 8′ x 8′ x 2.5′

To quote the accompanying wall copy:

The Aquarium is a microgallery that hosts ten exhibitions annually.  The mission of the Aquarium is to showcase the work of regional artists working with alternative media such as installation, moving image and performance.  Artists are invited to fill the gallery in its entirety with a work of…

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