A juried show by the Women in the Literary and Visual Arts (WiVLA) will hold its opening reception at 6pm this evening at the Museum of Printing History. “Freeing The Word In Small Spaces” will showcase the work of artists challenged to reflect on and consider the possibilities of the evolution of the written word from hand-bound rarities, through the new accessibility afforded by the printing press, and on into a new paradigm that sees the printed word melding with the electronic device.
The Women in the Literary and Visual Arts was founded in the early 1990s in an ambitious attempt to create a network for writers and visual artists. The brainchild of a writer, an artist, and an art consultant, the early founders were members of a professional buisnesswomen’s organization and the benefits of a similar network for those in the creative community became readily apparent. The idea quickly gained traction and continues to provide a forum for women in Houston to nurture the creative efforts of others, collaborate artistically, and promote the work of members. Tonight’s opening reception marks another success in that journey.
Here at the University of Houston Special Collections, we are proud to make available for study the Women in the Visual and Literary Arts Records. Though relatively young in its history, the WiVLA Records provide a look at their formation, organization, and work supporting artists through the years. Materials in the collection include not only administrative documents and communications, but also information and photographs documenting events and shows through the years.
If you have not already, make plans to attend “Freeing The Word In Small Spaces.” While you are at it, why not come see what WiVLA’s history holds as well?