L to R: Lynda Benglis, Beate Minkovski, Gladys Nilsson, Lorraine O’Grady, and Linda Vallejo.
Photo credit for Benglis: Grace Roselli, Pandora’s BoxX Project Lynda Benglis,Cerrillos, New Mexico, 2021
The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2022 WCA Lifetime Achievement (LTA) Awards: Lynda Benglis, Beate Minkovski, Gladys Nilsson, Lorraine O’Grady, and Linda Vallejo. The recipients for the 2022 WCA President’s Art & Activism Award and the new WCA Emerging Artist Award will be named late September.
The celebration kicks off on the evening of Saturday February 19 with a pre-cocktail reception from 4:30–5:30 pm. The Awards ceremony celebrating the life and work of these extraordinary women in the arts takes place immediately following the pre-reception from 5:30–7:30 pm and is free and open to the public. Doors for the awards ceremony will open to the general public beginning at 5:15 pm. A ticketed reception will take place from 7:30–9:30 pm. Guests purchasing reception tickets will be treated to food stations, butlered treats, an open bar, and the opportunity to meet and congratulate the awardees. Tickets will be available for purchase mid September.
Linda Vallejo creates work that visualizes what it means to be a person of color in the US. Her work reflects the experiences and knowledge gathered over four decades of study in the Latino, Chicano, and American indigenous communities.
In 1970–1980s Los Angeles she worked in the Chicano community with Self Help Graphics; the feminist community at the Women’s Building and African American community at William Grant Still Community Arts Center and Brockman Gallery. She owned Galeria Las Americas presenting contemporary Latino and Chicano artists and established A to Z Grantwriting beginning a lifelong career as a nonprofit consultant, instructor and coach.
In 2018, she participated in seven Getty Pacific Standard Time Initiatives, co-curating “Day of the Dead: A Legacy, Past, Present and Future” at Self Help Graphics and presenting the opening ceremony for the “Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Women’s Building.” She was a visiting instructor for Otis College Public Practice MFA Program, a mentor for Mujeres de Maiz feminist collective; and volunteered for Native and Chicana Indigenous circles with a fifteen-year commitment to incarcerated women.
In 2022, “The Brown Solo Project” will be presented at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA. Past solos include La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Texas A&M University; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Lancaster Museum of Art and History and the Soto Clemente Velez Cultural Center. Publications include The New York and Los Angeles Times, ArtNews, LA Weekly, and Artillery.
Permanent collections include the Museum of Sonoma County, Museo del Barrio, and National Museum of Mexican Art. Her archives are available digitally online and at UC Santa Barbara, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives.WCA Announcement