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.
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.
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.