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
Admission is FREE.
Two Degrees of Separation
Curated by Frank Delgado
and Rebecca Caraveo
2016 Participating Artists:
Gabriela Ruiz (aka Serpenthes)
Maria Elena Silva
Daisy Simental Vaquerano
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