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4th Annual Juried Artists' Book Exhibition

November 4-29, 2016

Artist Reception: Friday, November 4th, 2015 6-8:30 p.m.

Exhibition: Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Throughout the month of November 2016, WoCA Projects is partnering once again with Fort Worth Community Arts Center to present its 4th Annual Juried Artists’ Books Exhibition exploring the diversity within the artist book medium. Selected artists include:

Servane Briand (Palo Alto, CA)

Whitney Broadway (Casselberry, FL)

Jordan Craig (Pleasanton, CA)

Jessica Fuentes (Fort Worth, TX)

Stephanie Hadad (Miami, FL)

Nancy Hart (Odessa, TX)

Sharon Hart (Boynton Beach, FL)

Saralee Howard (Saint Johns, MI)

Sarojini Johnson (Muncie, Indiana)

Ruth Keitz (Los Fresnos, TX)

Rose Marie Mercado (Fort Worth, TX)

Sue O'Donnell (Bloomburg, PA)

Tatiana Potts, (Maryville, TN)

Janet Reynolds (Houston, TX)

Jaime Shafe (Reno, NV)

Mark Addison Smith (New York, NY)

Elisabeth Stevens (Sarasota, FL)

Ruben Villegas (Iowa City, IA)

Awards:
One artist will receive a $500 Purchase Award and their selected work will be added to the University of North Texas Willis Library's Rare Books Collection, whose diverse and innovative artists' books collection is made accessible for students, faculty, researchers, and the public, and to view in special exhibitions in the 4th floor Reading Room. Click here to read more on the Willis Libraries Archives and Rare Books Collection.

Award Winners:

Purchase Award Winner: Servane Briand, Lempris, Materials Archival binders' board, Arches M. Durham, Anna Amalia and kozo papers, sensuede, neodymium magnets, Sennelier,  Adirondak and archival Epson inks, beeswax., 8.5" x 6.25 x 6.25"

Honorable Mentions:

Jaime Shafer, Old Geiger Grade, Rives BFK paper, ink, 6.75in x 4.375in x .25in, 2016

Jordan Craig, Translating You, Embossing drawings, drum-leaf binding, wood covers, 8x8 x 1," 2015

Sharon Hart, According to the Sky, Archival inkjet prints, bookboard, bookcloth, silkscreen, silver leafing, 6.25 by 6.25 inches, 60 pages, 2016

Jurors:

Morgan Gieringer, Head of Special Collections, University of North Texas Willis Library, (Denton, TX)

Anne Keefe, PhD, Publications Coordinator, Meadows Museum (Dallas, TX), and author of upcoming book on artists' books to be publis

Lauren Cross, Director/Curator, WoCA Projects (Fort Worth, TX)

 
Past Exhibitions:
 
 
 
prox•y
March 19-April 9th, 2016
 
The Grackle Art Gallery, 4621 El Campo, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
 
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19th, 5-11 p.m.
 
From March 19th to April 9th, WoCA Projects and The Grackle Art Gallery collaborate on a provocative exhibition, prox•y, which features eight contemporary North Texas artists whose works mediate, challenge, and advocate on behalf of various issues impacting society and culture, and speak to histories of physical, social, and cultural hostility.Featured artists include: Christopher Blay, Margaret Meehan, Vicki Meek, Rosemary Meza DesPlas, Giovanni Valderas, Bernardo Vallarino, Tammy Melody Gomez, and Lauren Woods. The exhibition is curated by WoCA Projects Director/Curator, Lauren Cross.

In addition to the exhibition's opening, there will be a spoken word event on April 8th from 7p.m.-11 p.m., and a closing reception on April 9th from 7p.m.-11 p.m. Outside of specific event dates, The Grackle Art Gallery is open by appointment. Call Lauren Cross (817) 901-7135 or Matt Sacks (817) 738-5259 to schedule an appointment.
 
ABOUT THE GRACKLE ART GALLERY
Founded in 2010 by Matthew J. Sacks. The Grackle Art Gallery is located on the cultural district's west side in the heart of Arlington Heights. The gallery promotes and serves artists in the disciplines of photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking and installations. The Grackle Art Gallery is proud to be an alternative art space serving the community.
 
3rd Annual Artists' Book Exhibition
 

Opening Reception for the 3rd Annual Juried Artists' Books Exhibition
Date: Friday, December 4, 2015 6-9 p.m.
Where: Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas

Throughout December 2015, WoCA Projects has partnered with the Fort Worth Community Arts Center to present its 3rd Annual Juried Artists' Books Exhibition exploring the diversity within the artists' book medium, including both traditional book-binded forms as well as (but not limited to) those works that use books as a reference or metaphor to create other conceptual forms.

The exhibition will featured at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center from December 4-29, 2015.

Awards:
One artist will receive a $500 Purchase Award and their selected work added to the University of North Texas Willis Library's Rare Books Collection, whose diverse and innovative artists' books collection is made accessible for students, faculty, researchers, and the public, and to view in special exhibitions in the 4th floor Reading Room.

Jurors:
Morgan Gieringer, Head of Special Collections, University of North Texas Willis Library, (Denton, TX)

Lauren Cross, Director/Curator of WoCA Projects, Fort Worth, Texas

Featured Artists:
Naomi Adams (Pocatello, ID)
Nikki Arnell (Jonesboro, AK)
Mary Beth Boone (Greensboro, NC)
Janet Braun-Reinitz (Brooklyn, NY)
Servane Briand (Palo Alto, CA)
Karen Carcia (Iowa City, IA)
Sonja DeSouza (Hurst, TX)
Dorothea Fleiss (Stuttgart, Germany)
Heather Foster (Athens, FL)
Natavia Gamble (Athens, TX)
Karen Hardy (San Antonio, TX)
Nancy Hart (Odessa, TX)
Helen Hawley (Madison, WI)
Candace Hicks (Athens, TX)
Aimee Howard (Lafayette, LA)
Carol Ivey (Fort Worth, TX)
Sarojini Johnson (Muncie, ID)
Leigh Kaulbach (Lawrence, KS)
Rose Marie Mercado (Fort Worth, TX)
Emily McBurnett (Fort Worth, TX)
Chris Perry (Ridgefield, CT)
Samantha Reader (Tustin, CA)
Elizabeth Ryman (Arlington, TX)
martha schermerhorn (Rochester, NY)
Jaime Shafer (Reno, NV)
Robin Sherin (New York, NY)
Mark Stemwedel (Brookings, SD)
Corrie Thompson (Chicago, IL)
Elizabeth Williams (Austin, TX)

TAC Artists' Book Workshop
Workshop Title: Folding Books: Accordion Artists’ Book
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10-2 p.m. (Still finalizing time)
Where: Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, Fort Worth, Tx 76107

Join us for a special workshop hosted by WoCA Projects and the Texas Artist Coalition (TAC) in connection with the 3rd Annual Juried Artists’ Books Exhibition. This exciting workshop will teach participants the art of creating accordion-style artists’ books, including basic watercolor painting techniques and associated papers. All materials will be provided, no prior art-making experience required.
Cost: $10/per person
Discount: $5 for TAC members

To RSVP email info@wocaprojects.com

 

2nd Annual Artists' Book Exhibition

December 8-January 16, 2015 [Please note early closing date]

Artist Reception: December 11, 2014 6-8:30 p.m.

Through January 2015, WoCA Projects will present its 2nd Annual Juried Artists’ Books Exhibition exploring the diversity within the artist book medium, including both traditional book-binded forms as well as (but not limited to) those works that use books as a reference or metaphor to create other conceptual forms.


The exhibition was co-juried by Beverly Carver, Special Collections Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas and Lauren Cross, Director/Curator of WoCA Projects, Fort Worth, Texas

One artist will receive the $500 Walter and Marilee Landry Purchase Award, sponsored by Glenn and Sandy Landry, and the artists' selected work will be added to the University of Texas at Arlington’s Art/Art History & Rare Books Collection.

Featured Artists:
Krissty Batres (Houston, Texas)
Carlos Baz (Fort Worth, Texas)
Lynne Bowman Cravens ( Denton, Texas)
Julia Bradshaw (Corvallis, Oregon)
Servane Briand (Palo Alto, California) * The Walter and Marilee Landry Purchase Award Winner
Anne Cubbage (Arlington, Texas)
Nancy Hart (Odessa, Texas)
Susan Hensel (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Candace Hicks (Athens, Texas)
Sarojini Johnson (Muncie, Indiana)
Jihae Kwon (Alexandria, Virginia)
Rose Marie Mercado (Fort Worth, Texas)
Julia Nelson-Gal (Palo Alto, California)
Sarah Nguyen (Warrensburg, Missouri)
Maureen O'Leary (Mount Sinai, New York)
Lisa Beth Robinson (Greenville, North Carolina)
Jillian Sokso (Newberg, Oregon)
Betsy Stirratt (Bloomington, Indiana)
Rhonda M. Thomas (Flagstaff, Arizonia)
Sheryl Yeager (Crafton, Pennsylvania)

MATERIAL MATTERS

October 31–December 6, 2014

*Press Preview: Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 31st, 2014, 6-8:30 p.m.

 

 

JURIED EXHIBITION BRINGS IN ARTISTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY USING EXPERIMENTATION AS SOCIAL COMMENTARY.

 

Fort Worth, Texas (October 20, 2014)– WoCA Projects will hold an opening reception on Friday, October 31st, 2014 from 6-8:30 p.m. for the international juried exhibition, Material Matters, exploring the practice of material and medium experimentation as a platform for social and cultural commentary. Material Matters was juried by Erin Cluley, Owner and Director of Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and features selected artists examining structure, mark-making, memory, abstraction, space, and texture (amongst many other themes) through a variety of mediums.

 

In this exhibition representing 15 artists from across the country, Material Matters showcases a diversity of thought and application; in which art is used to expand our literacy and references for society. Featured artists include: Roman Arevalo (Miami, FL), Samantha Dorgan (West Chester, OH), Alex Ebstein (Baltimore, MD), Erin Ethridge (Tyler, TX), Dana Harper (Columbus, OH), Justin Korver (Sioux Center, IA), Dave Kube (West Peoria, IL), Hildy Maze (East Hampton,  NY), Samara Rosen (Houston, TX), Chris Thorson , Vonda Yarberry (Springfield, MI), and Dana Younger (Austin, TX). Join us for the opening reception on Friday, October 31st, 2014 from 6-8:30 p.m.

 

*We invite members of the press to join us for a press preview with light brunch reception on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 from 10 a.m.-12p.m. RSVP to info@wocaprojects.com by Monday, October 27th, 2014.


For more information call (817) 901-7135 or visit www.wocaprojects.com/

 

About Juror

Erin Cluley is the owner and director of Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, Texas, a contemporary art gallery exhibiting emerging and mid-career artists from Dallas and the United States. Erin served as the Director of Exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary from 2009 - 2014 where she worked on the production of exhibitions by Zoe Crosher, Gabriel Dawe, K8 Hardy, Georg Herold, Aaron Parazette, Richard Phillips, John Pomara, Rob Pruitt, Jennifer Rubell, Julian Schnabel, Juergen Teller, Walter Van Beirendonck, Inez & Vinoodh, Erwin Wurm and others.  Erin Cluley also worked with artists and their crews producing murals by Shepard Fairey, Soner, JMR, Sourgrapes, Faile, Michael Sieben and JR. 

 

September 6-October 18, 2014

Prayers: Flags & Fibers by Nicole Dane

 

Through October 18th: WoCA Projects features Prayers: Flags and Fibers by Nicole Dane, an exhibition highlighting the works of fiber artist Nicole Dane. Dane’s work uses of a broad range of artistic media such as hand-woven and dyed textiles, metalworking, and various sculptural techniques. Her current body of work explores the concept of prayer and the transient quality of material and self in the context of existence. Expressed through her sculptures and wall-hangings, prayer is the exploration and sharing of a material manifestation of hope.

Prayers will be the featured exhibition during the Fort Worth Art Dealer's Association's Fall Gallery Night on Saturday, September 6th, from 2-9 p.m. Additionally, the Riverside Arts District will have its second Better Block event, Embrace the Street 2, on the same day from 11-9 p.m. So come out and enjoy a day full of art-making, food, and fun.

Nicole Dane was the winner of WoCA's (Inter)Connections exhibition "Best of Show"  in October 2013, winning an opportunity for a solo-exhibition at the gallery.

Artist Reception will be Saturday, September 20th from 6-8:30 p.m.
 
TRANSPARENCY: WORKS BY SANAH BROWN
Caption: Sanah Brown, New American Beauty, 2014
 

July 28-August 31, 2014

 

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 9, 2014, 6-8:30 p.m.

 

Fort Worth, Texas—July 18, 2014— ARTIST SANAH BROWN USES PERSONAL LIFE EXPERIENCES TO MOTIVATE AND EMPOWER.

 

Transparency: Works by Sanah Brown features works that reflect the artist's personal life experiences using texture, words, and collage techniques with motivational themes. Brown considers her process of making art to be a "blueprint" and merges various art-making processes, technology, and resources into her paintings.

 

Born in New York City, Sanah Brown was raised by a family of artists. She found her passion while attending Washington Irving High school, where she began to dabble in photography and art and began receiving awards. Sanah attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, majoring in Fashion Photography and Fine Arts. Brown moved from New York to Fort Worth, Texas in 2001.

 

Sanah creates paintings using a wide range of materials including acrylic paint, fabrics, buttons, beads, scrapbook paper and many other found objects while also using personalized quotes, poetry and scriptures in some of her work. Sanah gleans inspiration from fabrics, the vintage era, color, and creates images that are intentionally playful.

 

In addition to her studio art practice, Brown is an arts entrepreneur and owner of A WOMAN WITH A BRUSH, creating commissioned wedding portraits for local patrons, and Salvation Thru Art, a creative ministry bringing inspirational messages through art. Sanah has also worked teaching art classes to people of all ages in the DFW area.

 

The artist reception for Transparency is Saturday, August 9th from 6-8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. The exhibition closes on August 31, 2014. The Faith & Art panel discussion to accompany the Transparency exhibition will be on Saturday, August 30th from 2-4 p.m. See the Events page for more details.

 
 
 ‘Auto-biography’: Artists (Re)Writing and Telling Histories

May 9-July 7, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, May 9, 2014, 6-8 p.m.

 Fort Worth, Texas—May 5, 2014— Group Exhibition explores Artists framing and reframing personal and biographical narratives through art.

‘Auto-biography’: Artists (Re) Writing and Telling Histories is a cross-cultural exhibition of local, regional, and national artists who work in the realm of auto-biographical/biographical inquiry or whose life stories, philosophies, and actions are traced within their arts practice. Featured artists are: Christopher Blay, Michael Farmer, Jan Ayers Friedman, Jessica Fuentes, Pallavi Govinathan, Letitia Huckaby, Mona Kasra, Jack McGilvray, Devon Nowlin, Bill Porter, Raul Rodriguez, and Red Yellow (a.k.a Susan Sponsler and Kathy Lovas).

The opening reception for Auto-biograghy is Friday, May 9th from 6-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. The exhibition closes on July 7, 2014. Featured programming for the exhibition includes a workshop with exhibiting artist Jessica Fuentes on Sunday, June 1st at 2 p.m. Additional programs TBA.

 
 
About The Hoodie Project

From March 21s-April 25th, WoCA Projects presents a themed solo exhibition by Dallas-based artist Susan Sponsler featuring her new work entitled, "The Hoodie Project," which is a series of memorial portraits and artworks inspired by the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin. 

In The Hoodie Project, Sponsler widens the discussion by giving voice to other innocent young men who were violently harmed either by mistake or by prejudice like Vincent Chin (beaten to death by two autoworkers who blamed the Japanese auto industry for their layoffs) and Brandon Robinson (unarmed college football player shot by police). The portraits represent individuals who want to keep Trayvon Martin and other victims' memories alive and who feel that the Stand Your Ground Law provides a loophole for violent and fatal confrontations.
 
A portion of artwork sales from The Hoodie Project will be donated to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

The Opening reception for The Hoodie Project will be on Friday, March 21st from 6-8 p.m. The artist will set up a pop-up studio in the gallery to photograph those interested in participating in the project wearing a hoodie. Hoodies will be provided or wear your own hoodie. No logos or text can be on the front of the hoodie. Participants receive a signed print of their hoodie portrait.

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. The exhibition closes on Friday, April 25th.

About The Artist 
Susan Sponsler earned her MFA in photography from Texas Woman's University and was a fellow at the American Photography Institute National Graduate Seminar at New York University.

Her work explores issues related to identity, being an Asian American international adoptee and consists of photo-based artworks which include quilts, color and black-and-white photography, encaustic paintings, sculpture and installation.

Sponsler's works have been shown in Seoul, South Korea; Panama City, Panama; and in many US cities including Los Angeles, New York City, Fort Worth, Denton and Dallas. Her work is held in several private collections and in the permanent collections of the Korean American Museum in Los Angeles and Texas Instruments in Dallas. She is married to independent filmmaker John Carstarphen.
 
 
 
 
Tuba Oztekin Koymen
February 3- 28, 2014
 
Opening Reception and WoCA One Year Anniversary Celebration: Saturday, February 15, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
Depicting everyday scenes in her native Turkey, Tuba Öztekin Köymen presents universalizing themes highlighting human commonalities regardless of race, gender, religion, and national origin. With their enigmatic quality, these haunting images draw viewers in, causing them to create meaning derived from their own experience. This mid-career retrospective highlights recurring themes within her various photo-projects while displaying her experimentation with the medium, ranging from multiple exposure pinhole photographs to digital images. Exhibition curated by Katherine Siegwarth.

Tuba Öztekin Köymen is an artist and designer living in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Born in Turkey, she graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Bilkent University (1995), later receiving a MFA in Photography and Digital imaging at the Maryland Institute College of Art (1999).  Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University, Light Factory (North Carolina), and the Museum Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. Köymen has participated in various workshops, collaborative projects, as well as organized and assisted with exhibitions of photography and art, including the Istanbul Biennial. An Adjunct Professor of Photography at the Texas Christian University, Köymen is currently a visiting professor at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. 

 
 
Coco Rico
Te Cantare Mis Recuerdos
( I Will Sing You My Memories)

March 3-15, 2014
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 15th, 2014, 6-8 p.m.

Coco Rico documents her memories of vegetation and her parents’ work in agricultural and farming industries through lithographs, drawings, and text. Rico's work bears the symbolic gestures of her personal narrative and is coded with allegorical meaning.

Born among a proud mexican culture in Los Angeles, California; Coco Rico grew up with little knowledge of the power of education. She uses her arts education as a tool to reconstruct her ‘role” within a traditional Mexican family. Rico is a MFA Candidate in Printmaking at University of Dallas in Irving, TX.

Rico's exhibition will be open through March 15, 2014. Closing Reception is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Thurs-Sat from 12-3 p.m. and by appointment.
 
 
Andi Arnovitz, "Yetzerbook Moving Parts"
 
December 13-January 17, 2014
A Seat At The Table: An Exploration Through Artists' Books
 
 A Seat At The Table is a conceptually-driven, juried exhibition of artists' books, which gives voice to concepts, ideas, behaviors, beliefs, and experiences that relate or speak to everyday social life. The artists' books in this exhibition open dialogue about the human experience through multiple interpretations of the artists' book medium, including traditional book-binded forms and works that use books as a reference or metaphor to create other conceptual forms. 

Selected Artists:

Naomi Adams
Kalee Appleton
Andi Arnovitz
Nava Atlas
Victoria Bjorklund
Mary Beth Boone
Lynne Bowman
Rebecca Chamlee
Jill Cooper
Pamela Dodds
Lindsey Dunnagan
Joshua Fetzer
Kirsten Furlong
Thomas Geiger
Karen Hardy
Lyall Harris
Aaron Krach
Rachel Mauser
Rose Marie Mercado
Nevin Mercede
Carlos Pacheco
Yoonshin Park
Jenna Rodriguez
Jaime Shafer
Cat Snapp
Jen Urso
Julie VonDerVellen
Doris Yanger
 
 
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