May 1 – June 8, 2019
Reception May 10 [6-9 pm]

The Firehouse Art Center is pleased to present Suspended Devotions: A Vibrant Femmes show,  guest curated by Kecia Benvenuto. Participating artists include Margaret Kenway Haydon, Diane Martonis, Margaret Josey-Parker, Rita Vali, Joy Alice Eisenhauer, and Stephanie Lange.

Curatorial Statement:

Vibrant Femmes: Suspended Devotions considers the work of 8 contemporary female artists working in ceramics and paper. Asked to contemplate and create their own unique interpretations of representational devotional forms, all the work was consciously limited to forms that could be hung on a wall. Each artist has created their own constellation of objects centered on the theme of reverential representation. Chosen for their variety of styles and subject matter, these 8 artists have created work that pushes the traditional boundaries of ceramics and paper into dynamic narrative and meditative installations, work that is as meditative in the making as it is in the viewing.

VIBRANT FEMMES is an initiative begun in 2016 by curator Kecia Benvenuto established to promote and evangelize the practice of female and non-binary contemporary artists. Its mission is to elevate public recognition of the work of contemporary artists and creatives; to create community and actively engage in conversation around what it means to be a female / non-binary artist and human in the 21st Century.

CURATOR BIO: Kecia Benvenuto is an independent curator and the founder of Vibrant Femmes. She has spent the last two decades working with artists in the commercial and contemporary art spheres, helping to bridge and expand upon the conversation between creativity and current cultural movements, explicit or implicit. Her goal is to help contemporary emerging artists establish a sustainable and evolving practice while creating communities and experiences around the creative process to engage the public on a transformational level.