July 16, 2021
Grand Opening & Inaugural Exhibition
As women and nonbinary artists march into the 21st Century, there are a myriad of possibilities regarding our placement in the annals of world history. We have seen promising movement forward while simultaneously watching that forward movement slip away in bits and pieces, both nationally and internationally. The proverbial two steps forward only to be knocked back four steps is an ever-present reality. The battle for equal rights seems never-ending.
We Know Who We Are. We Know What We Want. is an exhibition that examines how the idea of feminism continues to be one that has many definitions, depending on the lens through which it is viewed. Vicki Meek invited artists “whose artwork and lives intrigue me and who all take an unapologetic view of their world, to come together in a collective conversation around issues of feminism and humanism. Each of them speaks their truth about belonging or not belonging, about sisterhood, about othering, about justice or injustice, and about the amplification of their voices on all of these topics.”
Vicki Meek is a nationally recognized artist, independent curator and writer who has exhibited widely. Meek’s work is in the permanent collections of The African American Museum in Dallas, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Paul Quinn College. She is currently represented by Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX. Art League Houston just announced the selection of Meek as the 2021 Texas Artist of the Year. She recently had a retrospective exhibition of 3 decades of her work at the Houston Museum of African American Culture and a solo exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center. In 2013, she was selected as one of ten artists to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Nasher Sculpture Center with the commissioning of a site-specifific installation. She has been awarded three public art commissions with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Art Program and was a co-artist on the Dallas Convention Center Public Art Project, the city’s largest public art project. She served on the board of the National Performance Network from 2008-15 and was Chair from 2012-2014. Meek is currently a full-time artist and COO of USEKRA: Center for Creative Investigation in Costa Rica, a retreat founded by Elia Arce.
Nida Bangash, Lauren Cross, Rehab El Sadek, Angela Faz, Pallavi Govindnathan, Lahib Jaddo, Pat Johnson, Lovie Olivia, & Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga