February 27th – December 17th



HVCCA has a history of exhibitions that feature artists from the international community, some with established careers and stellar reputations as well as those just emerging onto the art stage.  ‘WORD’ is HVCCA’s first open call juried exhibition purposed to highlight talented regional artists who prominently feature ‘a word’ or ‘words’ in their artistic productions.  Some 140 artists applied and 45 artists were selected.  These newer and lesser known works will sit side by side with works of artists such as Beatrice Coron, Dylan Graham (Netherlands), Ann Hamilton (US 1999 Venice Biennale artist), John Mellencamp, Jeffrey Gibson, Laura Kimpton (SLS Miami, Burning Man, California) and Robert Indiana.

Words have appeared historically as artistic forms in illuminated manuscripts, in Arabic text on the walls of mosques and in its mosaic murals, on Chinese calligraphic scrolls.  ‘Word’ as contemporary art form has been popularized by contemporary artists Ruche, Wiener, Kruger and Holzer, Anastasi and others.  Words have the power to hurt and to heal, to be offered as prayer or diatribe. Some of these ‘word’ facets will be explored in the works presented at the HVCCA.  Education programs, word performances and readings by renowned poets Gerald Stern and Cindy Beer Fouhy, will enhance the visual exhibition at the HVCCA.

Two featured projects in WORD are:

I’m Tired Project by British artists Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans,highlighting the lasting impact of everyday micro-aggressions, assumptions & stereotypes. Performance is fused with written word as each of the participants formulate statements completing the phrase ‘I’m tired of…” The statement can address absolutely any kind of discrimination that the individual has personally experienced or feels passionate about. The artist duo then transcribe the individual’s text onto his/her bare back, excising the tension through this very physical act.  Photography documents the final product, serving as a personal and communal diary of purification and absolution.

Visions From the Inside, a collaborative project between visual artists and detained migrants at the Karnes Detention Center. The project—a collaboration between migrant artist network CultureStrike, LGBTQ advocacy group Mariposa Sin Fronteras and immigrant justice organization End Family Detention—features the work of 15 artists.

WORD artists:

Fafnir AdamitesPaula Apkan &  Harriet Evans Victoria ArakcheyevaElizabeth ArnoldPaul Arts •  Robert BarthelmesCarly BlaisMati Bracha Jo-Ann Brody Stefan Bruggermann   Robert BrushCollective SettlementValeria Clark •  Beatrice Coron Kathryn Frund Jeffrey Gibson Sally Gil •  Nicolae GoliciDylan Graham Inguna GremzdeAnn HamiltonErica HauserRobert IndianaCarla Rae Johnson Lance JohnsonLaura KimptonJob Koelewijn Carole KundstadtNestor MadalengoitiaJean-Marie MartinBarry MasonJohn MellencampKristina & Marek Milde • Bernard Mindich Patricia MirandaOscar Murillo •  Basha Ruth NelsonAdam Niklewicz Robert OlssonPamela PearceEmma RiversLucas Rollins-PageGina ScalzaBill Schuck Mike SeriDusty SimiJulie Sittler Tom SmithWillie Wayne SmithKristin Thielking & Keven Brunett Justin Randolph Thomson & Bradly Dever TreadawayLes Von Losberg