Your generous support will make possible documentation of American Culture through the Visual Arts by my continuing to make portraits with a current emphasis on women artists. The ultimate goal is to realize 70 New Portraits of Women Artists.
The new Portraits of Women Artists project was begun with support from the Leff/Davis Fund for Visual Artists in October, 2014 through the Sacramento Region Community Foundation which funded the first 30 portraits.
Estimated time to complete 70 portraits, 1 year.
WHAT EACH WOMAN ARTIST PHOTOGRAPHED WILL RECEIVE:
When I realize the $26,740 asked for, 70 New Women Artists will receive with your generous support:
A portrait session with me in the personal space of their choice.
An 11 X 14 inch archival permanent pigment print of the portrait we make together.
Free use of the portrait for self promotion and documentation.
Funding above $26,740 of $42,000 or higher would also support mounting an exhibition and producing a catalogue of all 70 new portraits, with stories about them and their work. Reaching this ultimate goal of $42,000 or more would insure each artist also receives:
A place in the exhibition of 70 new portraits of women artists.
A copy of the catalogue containing their portrait.
WHY CONCENTRATE ON WOMEN ARTISTS:
When I began making portraits of artists in 1979, sharing artists with the public in a personal, revealing way was my primary goal. My subject choices were made then seeking the most accomplished and well-known artists of the time as role-models for aspiring artists. What I discovered was that by doing this I was following the level of gender acceptance and appreciation in a world that left women begging for equal time and eye for their work. The most famous proved to be predominantly men. For example, I was given a list in 1980 by the curator for my first exhibition of artist portraits. The list contained 128 Northern California artists from which I could choose 35 to photograph for the 1981 exhibition. Only 30% on the list were women. That is how things were and I am working to make changes for women artists with this project.
MY PERSONAL REWARD:
To date there exist 102 portraits of women and 172 of men in my archive. Making 70 new portraits of women artists will bring my archive begun in 1979 into gender equality in addition to the pleasure of working with them.
30 NEW PORTRAITS OF WOMEN ARTISTS:
Two years ago while giving a gallery talk at one of my exhibitions a woman asked me why there were not more portraits of women artists in the exhibition. This woman proved to be the messenger that shifted the focus of my project of photographing artists to women. She helped me to become more aware of the problems women artists face. I then applied for the Leff / Davis grant. The new series or portraits of women artists was begun October, 2014.
Since then there have been two exhibitions, one at Archival Gallery in Sacramento, CA in February, 2015 of the first 30 Portraits of Women Artists. A second exhibition was held at Transmission Gallery in Oakland, CA. It contained the first 30 Portraits of Women Artists and 21 vintage portraits of women artists from my archive for a total of 51. Some of the print rewards are from this list. One of the book rewards is the catalogue, "51 Portraits of Women Artists", produced for that show.
In practice, each time I make art in the portrait manner I partner with another human being. Working with women artists has helped to raise my understanding of their concerns on gender equity in all things and not just their positions in the world of fine art. One of the most important parts of the project is to share what I learn.
My portraits of artists are usually made in the artist’s studio, their most personal and intimate space. Rarely does the public gain access to such spaces. The studio is where artists develop their ideas both conceptually and physically. Photographing artists where they actually make art can shed light on their influences, desires and creative processes. I want to share women artists with the public through 70 new portraits, making each artist more accessible and understood as the dedicated human beings they truly are.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE:
I want to thank you in advance for your support of my effort to balance things a bit for women artists by making 70 new portraits. Without your help this would not be possible. I hope you are pleased with my goal and the rewards I have outlined to be returned for your donations.
Print rewards of portrait prints of women artists will come from what you see in this presentation.
REWARD PRINTS, BOOKS, AND POSTCARDS:
Above are the prints that are available as rewards at various levels.
Above are 2 of the gallery announcement cards mentioned in the rewards. The show at Archival Gallery showed the 1st 30 new portraits funded by Leff/Davis Grant, February, 2015. The show at Transmission Gallery in Oakland, CA, 6/7 2015 exhibited the 30 new portraits and 21 vintage women artist portraits from my archive.
Above are the women artist portraits that appear on the (12) 5 X 7 postcards mentioned in the rewards area. They can be mailed or saved.
Above is "Portrait of The Artist", the first catalogue I created in 2008 for a show of 22 new portraits of artists, both men and women, at the Gregory Kondos Gallery at Sacramento City College. This show was funded by a grant from Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.
Above is "51 Portraits of Women Artists" book, the catalogue for my show at Transmission Gallery in Oakland, CA, June/July, 2015 containing portraits of the first 30 portraits of the project Portraits of Women Artists and 21 vintage women artist portraits.
Above is "Artists Portraits New York 1982" book containing 44 portraits of New York Artists accompanied by short stories, made in May of 1982.
Above is "Art in Residence: West Coast Artists in Their Space". This book was printed as a limited edition of 1500 in April, 2000 and has been out of print since. It contains a foreward by Henry Hopkins, then director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where I had an exhibition in 1983. There is also an introduction by Cole Weston. New copies are now rare.
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
I have no doubt that the deadlines set will be met and the rewards will be received by you, my partners in this project, in a timely manner. That will be my first goal. Should I receive the additional funding I hope for, the exhibition and catalogue production can go forward as well. I will keep you posted as to the progress of the project so that you can share in the excitement of what your donations have helped to create, portrait by portrait.
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