Exhibit by the Jewish Women Artists’ Network

 

Exhibit by the Jewish Women Artists’ Network Opens at American Jewish University

Exhibition Dates: February 22 – April 5, 2009
Meet the Artists - Brunch/ Reception: Sunday, March 1, 11:30AM – 1:30PM

The Jewish Women Artists’ Network, JWAN, is pleased to announce its annual juried national exhibition of painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, photography, video and installation by artists from across the United States. With a variety of media and a diversity of interpretation and presentation, 30 selected artists respond to the theme, Like Water on Rock. The exhibit opens during the College Art Association and Womens’ Caucus for Art national conferences.

The title of this exhibit relates the phenomenon of the soft continuous drip of water that eventually erodes a hard rock to personal, familial, communal or global challenge and change.  The poetry and image of Like Water on Rock provoke a variety of responses and suggests a relationship between time, the human process, the persistence of change and the many layers of meaning that speak to each artist in her own way.

Dr. Barbara Gilbert, Senior Curator Emeritia of The Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, selected the work for this exhibition. Excerpts from Gilbert’s catalogue essay point out the great diversity in this exhibition as well as the wide range of personal expression:  “Beginning in the nineteen-sixties when artists in greater numbers began to explore the potential of their Jewish heritage, most efforts were identity-based. Like Water on Rock provides an opportunity for artists to transcend this earlier approach, challenging them to think expansively and take ideas and values inherent to Jewish tradition, adapting them to concerns of the larger society.”

The participating artists are Linda Arreola, Ruth Askren, Madeleine Avirov, Helene Aylon, Carol Buchman, Emily Corbato, Anne Doris-Eisner, Harriet Finck, Karen Frostig, Teresa Gale, Sari Gilbert-Batchelor, Fay Grajower Beth Haber, Katherine Janus Kahn, Rachel Kanter, Julie Klaper, Wendy Sue Lamm, Elaine Langerman, Aline Mare, Freyda Miller, Priscilla Otani, Margaret  Parker, Roxanne Phillips, Cindy Rinne, Launa Romoff, Dawn Saks, Masha Schweitzer,  Margaret Silverman, Simone Soltan and Marian Yap.

The Jewish Women Artist’s Network is a special interest group within the National Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) and is the only organization of professional Jewish women artists in the United States. This exhibit travels to the Finegood Gallery, Jewish Valley Federation Valley Alliance, West Hills, CA June 7 - August 24 and then to the Gotthelf Gallery at the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, La Jolla, CA September 10- October 30, 2009.

Gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday 10 am to 4 pm, Friday 10am to 2 pm. Parking is free. For more information about Like Water on Rock, or to schedule a guided tour, please call (310) 476-9777 ext. 201.

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