January 14 – April 9, 2017
Workhouse Arts Center Vulcan Gallery, Building W-16
Reception: February 11 6-9pm
Performance: Erin Devine, February 11, 6-9pm
Performance: Emily Francisco, March 8, 6-9pm
1917, American women were incarcerated at the Workhouse prison for attempting to have a voice, a right to vote. 100 years since these women, the Suffragists, first arrived at the Workhouse, the Workhouse Arts Center presents “Women Now” – exhibiting the voice of emerging and globally-established contemporary female artists. The exhibit is an opportunity to explore great women artists working now while allowing the viewer to reflect on the past and future 100 years.
The exhibit features well known figures of the contemporary art world including Jennifer Bartlett, Jenny Hozer and Mickalene Thomas along with influential artists Helen Frederick, fresh from a solo exhibit at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and Lynn Myers with a current solo exhibit at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Viewer will also discover growingly influential artists such as Christie Neptune, recently awarded “Artist In Market Place (AIM)” from the Bronx Museum of Art in New York, Charlotte Potter, with recent solo exhibits in Taxis and New York and recently featured in Virginia Living magazine, as well as Emily Francisco, Erin Devine and more!
Erin Devin, sculpture, performer, Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Virginia Community College and Director at The New Gallery for Contemporary Art at NOVA-Woodbridge will premiere a new work exploring the Suffragists history at the opening reception on February 11th, 6-9pm. Emily Francisco, a sculptress, interactive generator of sound and recent resident artist at Artisphere in Arlington VA, will perform a sculptural object sound work as part of the Workhouse Second Saturday on March 8, 6-9pm.