Supporting Female Artists in 2017

2017 was our self-professed Year of the Woman.

Over the course of one year we curated and created work to champion feminist expressions in the realm of public art by supporting women artists, lifting up community voices, and exploring the power of female resilience and creativity.

Now + There supported five female artists with financial and technical assistance in the early stages of their concepts for complex and large-scale projects.

Two of the Year of the Woman projects remain on view through 2018.


Patterned Behavior
Silvia López Chavez
Sept. 2017— Sept. 2018

Silvia López Chavez was given the creative freedom to re-imagine a utilitarian concrete environment into one that sparks new connections with a bright, striking mural that echoes the beauty, diversity, and energy of The Charles River Esplanade and of Boston. Patterned Behavior was commissioned by the Esplanade Association and curated and produced by Now + There.

>> Located on the Charles River Esplanade near the Mass Ave. Bridge. 

The Charles River Esplanade is a place where many people and many things intersect and can connect in meaningful ways. That really speaks to me, since I am always striving to create art that builds connections.
— Silvia López Chavez
 Photo: Dave Hickey

See Her
JUN 2017—SEPT 2018

Ann Lewis, working with women in a local residential reentry facility run by Community Resources for Justice, created "See Her" to illuminate the specific realities, desires, and decisions facing women transitioning out of prison. The mural features one of the facility residents, Laura, a Boston native, as a reflection on the inherent worth, strength, and potential of all women. feels imperative to use our collaborative talents to highlight, honor, and support a community that is often invisible. Women, in particular, who are caught up in our correctional systems are often overlooked.
— Ann Lewis