Two Degrees of Separation - Arte Americas


This exhibition is the second stage of a five-year project, origianlly conceptualized in response to the fact that despite Arte Americas' commitment to uplifting women, there had not been an exhibition in the nearly thirty years of the organization's existence that specifically celebrated the work of women.

For the first year, the exhibition's curators identified twelve individuals who had either
previously shown their works in our galleries or who had close connections to previous exhibitions. Each was asked to invite one other woman with whom they were personally acquainted to participate in an exhibition titled "One Degree of Separation," a group show that featured over thirty artists from throughout California.

For the second stage of this project, last year's invitees were given the opportunity to extend their own invitation to women whose work they admire and respect. 

This resulted in an avalanche of submitted works covering a wide spectrum of media, themes, techniques, and influences. The artists hail from cities in and around the Central Valley, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Stockton, New York City, Taipei, Taiwan and Fukushima, Japan.

The intention is to continue this project over the course of five years, discovering new participants using a Universe-guided system of creative inter-connectedness. It's exciting to think about how this project will continue to bring together
artists whose names, hometowns, and works have yet to be revealed. 

When the project is complete, there will be over one hundred and fifty women who will have participated. Each will be one degree from Fresno, one degree from Arte Americas and most importantly, one degree from each other.

"Kiss your own fingertips
and hug your own curves.
You are made of waves and honey
and spicy peppers when it is necessary.
You are a goddess,
I hope you haven’t forgotten."

                                    -- Emery Allen



On view from March 3 - May 22

Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm

Admission is FREE.


Two Degrees of Separation

Curated by Frank Delgado 
and Rebecca Caraveo

 2016 Participating Artists:
Emery Allen
Brenda Allison
Rosie Arenas
Rebecca Caraveo
Noelle Correia
Carolyn DeAnda
Ashley Duke
Franka Gabler
Laura Gonzalez
Raquel Gutierrez
Wei-An Huang
Aileen Imperatrice
Sonja Jamison
Joyce Kierejczyk
Luz Lua
Susan Manter-Bolen
Kathy Marks
Martina Moreno
Maribel Navarro
Margaret Niven
Jessie Olson
Maxine Olson
Margoth Pelayo-Mendoza
Nicole Pellegrino
Christina Ramos
Momilani Ramstrum
Emily Redondo
Jenn Rincon
Rocky Rojas
Carolina Ruiz
Gabriela Ruiz (aka Serpenthes)
Marianne Sadowski
Dixie Salazar
Maria Elena Silva
Daisy Simental Vaquerano
Kathleen Wosika
Soua Xiong
Miki Yokoyama
Evany Zirul

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