We have wonderful news! One of our most active members will be taking on an even larger role soon, leading the National Women’s Caucus for Art for the next two years.
The Women’s Caucus for Art was founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA). WCA is a national member organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals.
Our mission is to create community through art, education, and social activism. WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts; providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development; expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women; supporting local, national and global art activism; and advocating for equity in the arts for all.
As an NGO (non-governmental organization) of the United Nations, the Women’s Caucus for Art actively supports the UN Millennium Goals. WCA utilizes art as the universal language to engage artists, NGOS, and civil society on a broad range of issues such as gender equity and environmental sustainability.
As a founding member of the Feminist Art Project (TFAP), WCA is part of a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual, and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present.
We will let Laura introduce herself here:
I am excited to announce that I have volunteered to serve as President for the Women’s Caucus for Art for the 2020-2022 term and will take on the position pending the approval of the national board on June 6, 2020.
I am a fiber artist creating sculptural work but I also enjoy mixed media, printmaking and book art. My work has been exhibited throughout the United States and I completed two public art commissions for The NH State Council on the Arts. I earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked in the Chicago area as a graphic designer for several years before moving to New Hampshire. Currently, I am the gallery director for Twiggs Gallery in Boscawen, NH.
I have been a member of WCA for over 20 years and served on the national board as the VP of Chapter Relations for the past four years. I’ve learned about WCA from the ground up and served as newsletter editor, exhibitions chair, vice president and president for the New Hampshire Chapter.
My involvement at the chapter level led me the national board to advocate for the chapters in my role as VP for Chapter Relations. I learned that each chapter has its own unique approach and I understand the challenges that chapters face.
My vision for WCA…
Covid-19 has changed everything. We will not be “back to normal” for a very long time. The world has learned how to connect virtually. We can easily reach across thousands of miles to meet and work together. The barrier of time, money and travel to meet face to face has dissolved.
I deeply appreciate the fact that WCA is an AVO (All Volunteer Organization) which runs on the time, talent and generosity of volunteers. I would like to facilitate a future for WCA where national, chapters and members collaborate on projects that meet the needs of all of our members. WCA is unique in that we are an inclusive rather than exclusive organization. I think that is where our true strength lies as we move towards our 50th Anniversary in 2022 and beyond.