Persistence – A National Exhibition Celebrating Women’s Empowerment will open in the NEON District at d’Art Center during Women’s History Month
Norfolk VA, Thursday March 14th from 5:30 – 7:30pm – d’Art Center invites the community to it’s opening reception for Persistence for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and award announcements. The reception is free and open to the public. Juried by Lori Pratico and curated by d’Art staff, Persistence received 643 submissions from 245 artists nationwide. The call reached 39 states in total, and Pratico selected 46 works by 42 artists from 20 states, 10 of which are local artists.
Lori Pratico is the founder of the Girl Noticed Community Mural Project and was in Norfolk last October during NEON Festival when she painted local Hampton Roads women on a blank wall near the intersection of Boush and Olney Street. These women were chosen by Pratico after community members nominated them because of their work in empowering others. Her murals are temporary to inspire viewers to “notice” women in their community for their achievements and contributions. “Most girls and women compare themselves to unrealistic norms society has put into place [so] we strive for perfection, and live in a constant state of I’m not good enough,” says Pratico, “it is the time we notice what makes every girl extraordinary, because everyday a girl or woman is left unnoticed, is a day too long.”
Persistence features functional, non-functional, 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine craft in all mediums. In honor of Women’s History Month, this exhibition was only open to female artists in the United States. The exhibition will be in d’Art Center’s Main Gallery from March 9th to March 30th, and exhibition posters will be available for purchase at the center. “I’ve always wanted to put together an exhibition like this at our center,” says Amanda Bradley, d’Art Center’s Gallery Manager and Graphic Artist, “I was elated by the overwhelmingly positive response to the call and how strong the submissions were. Lori absolutely had her work cut out for her.”
“I was honored, humbled, and above all proud to jury the show Persistance,” says Pratico, “the over 600 entries revealed not only beautifully detailed craftsmanship and artistry but also reflected each artists personal journey; their pain, their struggles, their perseverance and their triumph. It was a near impossible task to choose.”
As the NEON District’s community art center, the d’Art Center proudly serves the greater Hampton Roads area by connecting the community with the visual arts. A non-profit 501c(3), d’Art offers art education, programming, outreach, exhibitions, and events, many of which are free and open to the public.
“My hope is that when you attend the show you will walk away feeling you have experienced 46 unique, relevant, and powerful expressions of woman.” – Lori Partico