Women’s Caucus for Art/NH Returns to the Silver Center for the Arts through December 11

October 1st, 2010 by Adam
Sylvia Bryant
Donna Catanzano, “Giving Comfort”

Plymouth, N.H.The Women’s Caucus for Art/New Hampshire Chapter (WCA/NH) returns to Plymouth State University for a juried exhibition on view from October 19 to December 11, 2010, with an opening reception Tuesday, October 19 from 4–6 p.m. in the lobby of the Silver Center for the Arts.

“Old Wives’ Tales: What Women Know” brings together WCA/NH member artists from across the state of New Hampshire to address questions of women’s knowledge, including that passed through the generations, from woman to woman, or gained through women’s experience.

“When I came up with the title, I was thinking of a broad interpretation, rather than necessarily a literal one,” said Marcia Santore, chair of the WCA/NH exhibitions committee and Plymouth resident. “The knowledge of women, especially older women, women with families, women outside of the more urban ‘art world’ mainstream, is often dismissed in our society. This show gives women artists of all ages and situations (not just old wives, by any means) a chance to talk about what we know. Old wives tales can be seen as inherently backward, unscientific, and untrue. Some artists will want to do work about those kinds of tales. On the other hand, some kinds of knowledge women hold through our experience as women. Other artists will want to address that. So it should be a wide ranging show that approaches the theme from many different angles.”

Dr. Catherine Amidon is the juror for this exhibition. “I have worked with WCA/NH on several occasions, but have never had the opportunity to jury an exhibition for them,” Amidon said. “I love the idea of crafting an exhibition from tales and perceptions of becoming or being an older woman. Individually and collectively, works by WCA members will stimulate much needed understanding and dialogue around age and gender.”

Amidon is director of exhibitions and interim director of the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University. She holds a Doctorat from University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, is the recipient of two Fulbright awards, has lectured, published, and curated extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The Women’s Caucus for Art is a national organization for artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals, which creates community through art, education, and social activism. The New Hampshire chapter promotes advancement of women in the visual arts through professional networking, educational programs, and exhibition opportunities. For more information, visit www.wcanh.org.