Sanchez Art Center.

The summer of 2019 will be a time of focused projects.  One example is the 11th Annual Sanchez Art Center 50|50 Show at the Sanchez Art Center.  In its eleventh year, the concept for artists to create fifty 6×6 inches works over fifty days.  Juror Catharine Clark selected my proposal of braille pieces as a tribute highlighting women from herstory.

The time is now to secure and empower a comprehensive history.

From the venue’s call: “Catharine Clark is owner and director of Catharine Clark Gallery in the DoReMi area (comprised of adjoining neighborhoods Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and the Mission) of San Francisco.  Established in 1991, Catharine Clark Gallery exhibits the work of contemporary artists working across a wide range of media.  The gallery has pioneered the presentation of new media art in San Francisco and is the first commercial gallery in the area with a dedicated media room.  The gallery’s program has garnered critical attention from numerous publications, including the New York Times, Artforum, Art Review, and others…In addition to programming exhibitions, Catharine also hosts fundraising and development events for non-profits and political campaigns.”

SANDRA BLAND, clear braille on polymer.

My proposal is to create fifty braille artworks as a tribute to remarkable, influential, and trailblazing women from herstory.  The concept is inspired by how Lady Justice is a symbol of impartiality in our judicial system.  Standing stoically with a scale in one hand and a sword in the other, she is blindfolded representing that power, status, or money has no influence.  Standard custom polymer braille signs become repurposed altering function.  The artworks highlight leaders, innovators, artists, whistle-blowers, advocates, activists, and martyrs.  History must be inclusive preserving truth and justice.

WOMEN, clear braille on polymer.

The Sanchez Art Center is a stable and consistent community arts organization.  According to the website: “The mission of the Sanchez Art Center is to create community through art.  The art center provides exhibitions by emerging and established California artists; education and outreach programs designed to make art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds; and affordable studio space for up to 30 Bay Area artists.”

2019 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition.

Recently, my braille pieces WAR and PEACE were selected for the 2019 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition.  Scott A. Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, selected the artworks.  It was an incredible honor and opportunity.

WAR and PEACE, Jenny E. Balisle,

Next step is research!  How does one only feature fifty transformative women?  That will be my summer’s mission.  One piece at a time.

11th Annual Sanchez Art Center 50|50 Show.  Sanchez Art Center.  Pacifica, CA.  August 30 – September 22, 2019.







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