CHICAGO —Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is proud to present the exhibition ‘Wordplay,’ an exploration of how artists intertwine text and image to deliver message and effect change. From handwriting to video, poetic thought to political activism, this group of artists incorporate letters, numbers and symbols to give meaning to their art.
Angela Amias; Marjorie Arnett; Rebecca Baruc; Emily Beck; Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura; Ruth Burke; Megan Cherry; Maryangel Garcia; Fran Gardner; Kyra Garrique; Nina Ghanbarzadeh; Naomi Hart; Maxine Hess; Leslie Hirshfield; Brooke Jana; Mary Sue Kern; Rachel Kice; Maria Kompare; Tracy Kostenbader; Dorothy Krause; Katherine Krcmarik; Carole Kunstadt; Angela LaMonte; Cynthia Lee; Minjoo Lee; Gayla Lemke; Marcy Lichterman; Jackie Lima; Ara-Lucia; Rosemary Lyons; Megan Mattax; Jenna McDanold; Mary McFerran; Pamela Penney; Cynthia Petry; Nichole Riley; Emanuelle Schaer; K. Elizabeth Sekararum; Jenny Stopher; Harriette Tsosie; and Jessica Wagner.
About the Juror: Vernita Nemec
Vernita N’Cognita aka Vernita Nemec is a visual/ performance artist/ curator who has exhibited her art throughout the world.
Her artwork ranges across a variety of disciplines, from creating installations, m/m collages and tangible art objects such as the “Endless Junkmail Scroll to the creation of performance art that conceptually investigates theatre and its edges – using language, space, and time, silence and stillness as well as movement and voice as an instrument of self-expression.
In the 90’s she served for a decade as the Director of Artists Talk On Art interviewing art world luminaries such as Irving Sandler, Rob Storr, Jerry Saltz, Nancy Spero, Peter Plagens and Robert Rosenblum. She was an independent curator at Henry Street Settlement for the Arts and currently, is the director of Viridian Artists, art gallery in Chelsea, NYC.
In 1995, she assumed the name VERNITA N’COGNITA in homage to under-recognized artists. In addition to her ongoing artistic output, she has curated and organized important exhibitions of art from recycled materials (“Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination”) throughout the U.S., for which she received a Kauffman Foundation Fellowship and a grant from the Puffin Foundation.
Nemec AKA N’Cognita has presented her art in a variety of venues: galleries, universities and experimental spaces in the US, Mexico City, Darmstadt & Frankfurt in Germany; Dublin, Ireland and Tokyo, Japan. She has received funding for her performance art from the Jerome Fnd and the NEA and in 2010 and 2015 was invited by Movement Research to perform at Judson Church where performance art came alive in the 60’s.
(Banner Art Image: Artwork by Minjoo Lee)