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Women to Watch 2019-2020

Women to Watch is an exhibition program, held every two to three years, developed specifically for NMWA’s national and international outreach committees. Each of these exhibitions features emerging and underrepresented women artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees.

Women to Watch 2020is the sixth installment of NMWA’s exhibition series that features emerging or underrepresented artists from the states or countries in which the museum has outreach committees. It will be presented in NMWA’s temporary exhibition space on the second floor, and will be on view from mid-June through mid-September of 2020.

The exhibition will focus on the transformation of paper into complex works of art. Paper is a ubiquitous medium that is made from a variety of materials, and the artists represented by the national and international committees in Women to Watchwill exemplify this variety of production. To reveal the broad range of possibilities of paper art, works in the exhibition may be delicate and light as seen in the suspended cut-out tapestries of Tomoko Shioyasu, or dense and heavy like Jae Ko’s built environments. They may use innovative technology similar to Nazgol Ansarinia’s 3-D printed architectural forms made of paper pulp, or employ more traditional methods like Liliana Porter’s tromp-l’oeil effects that obfuscate reality between the image and the physical surface of the paper. Paper can also speak to more personal reflections; Ursula von Rydingsvard infuses objects of sentimental attachment into her handmade paper, while Maren Hassinger twists and shapes newspapers as politically-charged symbols.

Women to Watch 2020 will demonstrate that paper is not always the overlooked support for drawings, prints, and photographs, but instead a medium in and of itself. Other examples of contemporary artists who create paper art include Karla Black, Nathalie Boutté, Zoe Bradley, Ambreen Butt, Tara Donovan, Rebecca Hutchinson, Asya Kozina, Howardena Pindell, Jasmin Sian, Kara Walker, and Kumi Yamashita.

In Georgia, five female artists working in paper will be selected for an upcoming show at MOCA GA  as well as promote them on our website and in the media to further our mission of supporting NMWA and bringing national and international attention to Georgia Women artists. The show at MOCA GA will run from January 16, 2020- March 10, 2010.


2017 Georgia Women to Watch

Lola Brooks

Lola Brooks is an artist, metalsmith, clotheshorse and sometimes writer who studied Fashion at Pratt Institute and received her BFA in Metals at SUNY New Paltz. Her work is influenced by the Victorian obsession with death and sentimentality, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the American Studio Jewelry movement that followed WWII, when artists resurrected an appreciation of the handmade by rejecting the principles of mass production. Lola’s work has been included in many publications and can be found in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Chuzhan Du

Originally from Changzhou, China, Chuzhan Du is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Jewelry at the Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating Fall 2016. Her work has an inseparable relationship with her Chinese heritage, symbolizing her own indigenous cultural identity and personal idiosyncrasies. She uses the fragments from found objects in her work to convey emotional attachment and as metaphor to interpret the perception of memory.

Didi Dunphy

Didi Dunphy received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.  Ms. Dunphy and her Modern Convenience studio have shown at the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) for three years as well at the West Coast Independent Design show, CABOOM 2005. Selected Museum exhibits include, Push Play, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Chairs Project, Emory University, and Sexual Politics, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Currently Ms. Dunphy lives with her painter husband Jim Barsness and 11 year old daughter in Athens, Georgia. Ms. Dunphy also teaches part time at the University of Georgia Art School in the Digital Media Department. 

Rachel Garceau

Rachel completed the Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts (NC) in 2013 and has been a resident artist at Vendyssel Kunstmuseum (DK) and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN).  Currently living and working in Atlanta, GA, Rachel utilizes slip-cast porcelain forms to create site-specific installations.

Julia Woodman

Julia received her BFA and MFA in metalsmithing under the tutelage of Richard Mafong at Georgia State University. Following her schooling in Atlanta, Julia won a Fulbright Scholarship to spend a year studying in Finland at the Lahti Polytechnic Design Institute, Upper Goldsmith School, where she became the first American to be certified a Finnish master silversmith. Julia teaches at Spruill Center for the Arts, Chastain Arts Center and specialized workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Florida Society of Goldsmiths. She has won several national awards and her work is in private collections throughout the US and in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.