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In a world dominated by pop culture, society and the media -- how is identity defined?

This exhibition exposes the extremism of a consumer culture dominated by western ideals of beauty and the pursuit of idealized feminine perfection coupled with the drive and desire for female autonomy, power and self-reliance by exploring themes of power, female representation and objectification. The female body is commoditized in all areas of society and used as a mechanism for power. When artists manipulate the boundaries of power and explore deeper themes of control, fetishism, and objectification, the viewer is challenged to confront his or her own gaze on the body and to reflect on aspects of the female persona.

Female identity is often formed and realized through the male gaze, and it is usually depicted to appeal to male fantasies. As a consequence, women have often become asexual, believing this would warrant equality. This resulted in the division of femininity and sexuality.  In our current era of reexamining female sexuality, can we as women now have an unmoderated and unfiltered voice in defining ourselves and desires, when we are still so heavily influenced by a patriarchal society? We ask women to imagine the female persona from a feminist perspective and to address the complex nature of women with their longing to enjoy their sexual bodies and to be desirable beyond any defining limits of gender.


We are seeking works from self-identified women artists that address these issues and define identity through acceptance or rejection of society's view of women and their place in the world, whether as an object of desire or the objectified self. Push the envelope and use your voice, choosing your individual path.  Identity seeks subversive and enticing contemporary artworks in all media that address female identity, elicit a dialogue that honors sexuality, and mold the definition of the powerful feminine. 


JURORS:  Anne Swartz and Maria Elena Buszek


Anne Swartz is a professor of Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  She focuses on contemporary art, especially feminist artists, critical theory, and new media/new genre, in her writing, curating, and public lectures. Her main focus has been to support and advance innovative and transgressive work of both emerging and established artists whose art has not been fully examined. She's currently co-editing The Question of the Girl with Jillian St. Jacques and writing The History of New Media/New Genre: From John Cage to Now, a survey of developments in recent art. 


Maria Elena Buszek, Ph.D. is a scholar, critic, curator, and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado Denver, where she teaches courses on Modern and contemporary art. Her recent publications include the books Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture and Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art; contributions to the anthology Punkademics: The Basement Show in the Ivory Tower and the exhibition catalogue In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States; and articles in Art Journal and TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. Her current book project explores the ties between contemporary activist art and popular music.


 EXHIBITION VENUE:  Gallery nine5, 24 Spring Street, NYC 10012

 ABOUT THE GALLERY: The gallery focuses on an international roster of artists who possess an inherent alternative edge and develop new methodologies and processes, encompassing everything from painting to digital media, from flat planes to multi-dimensional forms. Through carefully curated exhibitions, public installations, and private consultation, gallery nine5 breathes a new vitality into traditional ideas, reshaping and challenging conventional procedures in reinvigorating ways. By creating an atmosphere for intimate conversation, gallery nine5 continues its commitment to provide accessibility, transparency, and quality, fostering relationships and pioneering innovative approaches.

Working with both primary and secondary markets, gallery nine5 seeks to create and intensify ongoing participatory dialogues within the global art world. With access to world-class modern and contemporary works in the secondary market, our specialists provide in-depth research and sharp expertise to our clientele.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER:  Sebastien Le Pelletier, who founded gallery nine5 in 2008, has close to twenty years of art-world experience spanning three continents. Born and raised in Paris, Le Pelletier worked extensively in modern and contemporary art galleries in Europe, Asia and New York from the mid-nineties to 2003. Le Pelletier then worked several years as an independent dealer and consultant, solidifying relationships with artists, collectors, and connoisseurs, which naturally led him to establish his gallery.

DATES OF EXHIBITION:  May 22 to June 29, 2014


ARTIST RECEPTION:  Saturday, May 31, evening.


ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all self-identified women artists.


SUBMISSIONS:  Artists may submit up to three works per entry with three separate entries (total of 9 images with three separate entries).  All media is accepted except giclees of original work.


DIMENSIONS:   There are NO size restrictions on the size of works that can be submitted. If your work is framed, please include the framed size. Artists are responsible for the shipping costs to/from the gallery.


VIDEO:   Enter in .mov or mp4 format up to 200 mb. If accepted, artists must supply ALL their own equipment to display their video. The gallery does not have equipment to lend.


ENTRY FEES:  Payment of $30 per entry for WCA members, $40 for Non-members through PayPal for 3 images.  You may can submit up to three separate entries for $30/$40 for each 3 images (which means with 3 separate entries you can submit a total of 9 images).


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  You must complete submission by Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM in your time zone.


SALES OF ART:  A 50% commission will go to Gallery nine5 and a 50% will to go the artist.  All works sold must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. A check will be issued to the artist within 30 days of the close of the exhibition.




SHIPPED work should arrive at gallery nine5 from Wednesday, May 14 to Friday May 16th only. Schedule accordingly with your shipper of choice. Shipped works will be boxed and returned the week of June 30th.


Hand delivered works may be brought to the gallery on Sunday, May 18 or Monday, May 19th from noon to 4:30 p.m. only.


Hand delivered works must be picked up on Monday, June 30, 2014 from noon to 4:30 p.m. and shipped works will be shipped back that week.


All shipped works MUST include a return prepaid shipping label.


INSURANCE & LIABILITY:   All exhibited works must be self-insured by the artist.


AGREEMENT & RELEASE:  By submitting this application the Artist confirms they read and agree to the conditions set forth in this prospectus for Identity. Permission is granted to WCA and the gallery nine5 to use images of artwork accepted into the exhibition for publicity purposes. One or more artworks may be chosen for the cover design of invitation for the exhibition. They also may be featured on the organizations websites.  Artists agree to allow reproduction of their digital files and/or photographs taken of their art for educational, publicity, and archival purposes. The Artist hereby releases and discharges representatives, employees and volunteers of National Women's Caucus for Art and gallery nine5 from any and all claims occasioned by loss or damages of said work while in the possession of the gallery nine5.




WCA was founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA). WCA is a national member organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals.


The mission of WCA is to create community through art, education and social activism. WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts, providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women, supporting local, national and global art activism and advocating for equity in the arts for all.


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Best regards,


Karen Gutfreund


Vice President and National Exhibitions Director


Women's Caucus for Art




No. California TFAP Representative


The Feminist Art Project







Pen and Ink
Color Pencil
Traditional Photography
Digital Photography
New Media
Digital Art
Printmaking (hand pulled)