Emily Edwards, associate curator at Dallas Contemporary, will serve as curator of the fifth-annual Vignette Art Fair, a two-day juried event November 3-4 at Dallas Market Hall. The application deadline for submissions is August 5.
The event exclusively features works by Texas women artists in an effort to promote “exceptional yet underrepresented regional talent.”
“I’m tremendously honored to serve as curator and juror for the 2023 Vignette Art Fair,” Edwards said in a statement. “Since its inception, Vignette’s unflappable dedication to supporting women and female-identifying artists has served as a lodestar for my own curatorial practice. I look forward to surveying the breadth of artistic talent in Texas in the coming months.”
Selected artists will be notified by September 4, organizers aid. The submission fee is $36.
100% of all sales go directly to the artists
The Vignette Art Fair is among the only fully submission-based art fairs in the world that solely features the work of women artists where 100% of all sales go directly to the artists.
“We’re thrilled to have Emily on board as we celebrate fascinating female artists in one of Texas’ largest women art fairs,” Jessica Ingle, Texas Vignette Fair founder and president, said in a statement. “Female artists are vastly underrepresented in art exhibitions compared to male artists. Emily’s creativity, ingenuity and experience working with historically underrepresented artists is key as we work to expand the female footprint in the art world.”
Texas Vignette said that participants must identify as female and be a current Texas resident. Submission requirements include an artist statement, bio, CV, and a link to the artist’s website and/or Instagram handle.
Texas Vignette was founded in 2017 by Ingle and works to close the gender disparity gap as female artists are not represented in museum exhibitions, acquisitions and galleries nearly as often as their male counterparts.
For more information, go to texasvignette.org.
Edwards previously worked on curatorial team at the 9/11 Memorial Museum
Edwards is the associate curator at Dallas Contemporary, where she has curated solo exhibitions of artists Gabrielle Goliath, Natalie Wadlington, Shilpa Gupta, Ariel Rene Jackson, and Margarita Cabrera and assisted over 30 exhibitions.
Currently, she is working on presentations of artists Bianca Bondi and Chloe Chiasson to open in the fall of 2023.
Edwards is the recipient of a 2023 ICI Étant Donneés Contemporary Art Curatorial Fellowship, and she has served as a juror for the Hopper Prize and South Arts Prize.
Before coming to Dallas, Edwards worked on the curatorial team at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Texas Vignette said Edwards’ practice is dedicated to working with historically underrepresented artists whose work reflects both the surrounding communities and contemporary times.
Scenes from the 2022 Texas Vignette Art Fair. Photography by Sheryl Lanzel.
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