UN PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AND HONOREES
Born and raised in Iran, Hadieh Afshani moved to Australia and lived there for 10 years before moving to New York City.
Hadieh's works are focused on two main topics; women/gender issues and land connection. In her works, Hadieh has been examining the spaces her body has occupied, focusing on the interiors she has lived in or places that are part of human identity in different parts of the world. She emphasizes the liminal zones in those spaces: doorways, hallways, windows. Hadieh Afshani is a finalist of numerous art competitions. Her painting “Motion of the Light” became the Winner of St George Art Awards 2014 in Sydney. Hadieh's latest solo exhibition, "Self-Space Universe", took place at Redland Art Gallery, one of the premiere regional art galleries in Queensland, Australia. Along with being an artist and activist, Hadieh Afshani curates art shows for RE:ARTISTE International Art Organization,NYC, and teaches art at Union County College, NYC public schools and privately. www.hadiehafshani.com
S.A.Bachman recruits art in the service of public address while examining the ways capitalism and misogyny conspire to jeopardize women and the outnumbered. Her socio-political critique exposes the insidiousness of sexism, white privilege and conformity. Her practice resides at the intersection of art and social justice and focuses on the nexus between political power, public policy and social discipline. Bachman’s photographs and interventionist projects have been exhibited in the United States, Australia, Spain, China, and The Czech Republic and has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Center for Cultural Innovation and Massachusetts Cultural Council. Bachman’s artwork is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, The Rose Art Museum and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. www.sabachman.com
Maureen Burns-Bowie uses organic imagery and expressions of life cycles as metaphors for psychological and spiritual growth and transformation. Her art is created to convey a sense of the preciousness of life, and the power and dignity of the natural world and the human spirit.
She has studied with masters throughout the US, and has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, including Queens College, Cambridge England, Michigan University, Corcoran Gallery, AIR Vallauris, France, World's Fair, Seville Spain, Foire de Paris, Zelli Porcelain Award Show, London, Florence Bienalle, China Art Museum, Paris Fair, and US Embassies in Beijing and San Salvador.
Burns-Bowie is co-founder of International Alliance of Women in the Arts, a collaboration between artists from the U.S. and former comunist countries to address complex issues of freedom and oppression, promoting mutual understanding and respect through the arts.
She is Director of the UN Program of the International Caucus of WCA and a Representative to the United Nations. She is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
With degrees in political science and art and history of advocacy and activism, Cornett combines these in her sculptural, video and curatorial work to bring attention to social and environmental issues. With her independent curatorial partnership Gutfreund Cornett Art, she creates exhibitions on such topics as democracy, social justice, feminism and immigration. Through her role as Chair of the Women's Caucus for Art International Caucus, she was Director of " Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art", an art-based cultural exchange in China, and Co-Director of "Women + Body", a feminist exhibition in South Korea. In her hometown of Billings, MT, she directed the Flow exhibition & community events project focused on water issues and, in 2018, is co-curating a public art project around tolerance/intolerance. Her art has shown in China, South Korea, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, the Bay area, Oregon, Montana and various online venues.
Linda Rae Coughlin
Linda Rae Coughlin has a BFA from Kean University and has done postgraduate studies in fine arts at Montclair University. Shas authored two books on fiber art," Modern Hooked Rugs: Inspirational Series"and" Contemporary Collections in Hooked Rugs: Themes and Memoirs", both published by Schiffer Publishing, LTD. A curator of numerous international fiber exhibits, she is on the editorial board of Rug Hooking magazine. Linda Rae was awarded a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in 2009, and was a recipient of Puffin Foundation grants in 2003, 2008, and 2013. She exhibits her feminist art in juried and invitational exhibits both nationally and internationally and her work is in public and private collections. Much of her work has been published in books, catalogs, and magazines. Coughlin has lectured and taught classes on creativity in United States, Canada, Wales, Fiji, Japan, and Australia. www.theartrugs.com
Marjorie Wood Hamlin
Hamlin has a BA in Applied Art and Art History. She has exhibited in Western US, New York City, Florence Italy, Grenada, and Almeria, Spain. Her work was included in "Women Artists Consider Our World" a video produced by the UN Program of Women's Caucus for Art and presented at the the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Her abstract work incorporates unique techniques with copper and gold foil and brilliant color. Her art is included private and corporate collections throughout the United States. www.marjorieart.com
Carole Richard Kaufmann
Anne Kantor Kellett
Sheri R. Klein, Ph.D., M.F.A. is an artist, educator, and researcher. Her degrees include a BFA and MFA in Painting/Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in Art Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her recent works explore the theme of transitions and liminality. Her collages, paintings, drawings, visual journaling and fabric
designs are characterized by patterning using lines, shapes, symbols, numbers, words, and letters that have personal and spiritual significance. Her works have been exhibited regionally and nationally in solo and group shows, and within gallery, university and museum settings. For over two decades, she taught undergraduate and graduate art education and published on the subjects of visual art and art education. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association and the recipient of the 2018 June King McFee Award from the Women’s Caucus of the National Art Education Association. www.sherirklein.com
Alissa Beth Leavy
Neda Moridpour is a socially engaged feminist artist, advocate and educator. Born and raised in Iran, a strong awareness of gender discrimination, inequality and censorship permeates Moridpour’s methods and philosophy. She approaches art as a social practice, crossing disciplines and boundaries to explore social issues while establishing dialogue and mobilizing communities. Her art reorders entrenched cultural gridlock via bold round-table talks, visual and performative interventions and lens-based practices. Her collaboration with A Window Between Worlds, I CAN WE CAN, engaged more than 20,000 participants globally and her work with the [P]Art Collective brings together artists and professionals to exchange ideas about social issues in Iran via artmaking. Moridpour’s work is in the collection of the L.A. County Museum of Art and was recently exhibited in Islamic Art Now, Part 2: Contemporary Art of the Middle East. www.nedmorid.com
Mary Bates Neubauer
Mary Neubauer has shown her work widely. Her sculptures and prints can be found in a number of public and private collections, and she has completed many public art projects in the western states, including several interactive sculptural works involving light and sound with collaborator and media artist Todd Ingalls. In the past ten years, her sculptures and digital images have appeared in a significant number of international exhibitions, including venues in New York, Paris, Beijing, New Delhi, Florence, Singapore, and Adelaide. Working at the intersection of art and science, she is active in organizations including Ars Mathematica and Art-Science Collaborations, Inc. She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, a Fulbright Fellow in Cambridge England, and a Ford Fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington. Recent residencies include Garfagnana Innovazione 2013 to 2018 (Digital Stone Carving in Italy), the Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, the Tyrone Guthrie Center at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, the and the John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry Residency at the Kohler Foundry. She was a member of the Arctic Circle 2016 expedition and was in Antarctica in 2017. She is a President’s Professor of Sculpture at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, where she is program coordinator of Sculpture and is involved in the Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling.
Helen Poole Newman
Eva tells stories through designing masks and sets for theater, as well as fashion pieces. She creates mixed media art of recycled materials, found objects, textiles, photos and torn paper. Eva's portfolio includes national and international articles and interviews. Her fashion lines "Ananya 318 Handbags" and "A'Vance 318 Men's" have been featured in 'Haute Handbags', 'Altered Couture' and 'American Style'. Both fashion lines appeared in Philadelphia Fashion Week and many runway shows. She has collaborated and exhibited with art groups, artist colleagues, fashion houses, and accessory companies. Her artwork has been displayed in numerous galleries and museums, including the Philadelphia Free Library, Smithsonian Institute, American Women's Heritage Society, Art for AIDS, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, and The Department of Commerce Travel and Exhibits in the Carribean. Eva has received numerous awards for her art and community service including the "Jewel Award" from the City of Philadelphia, and five awards from the State of Pennsylvania at the 2012 Women's History Image Awards.
Seda Saar is an international artist and designer, working in the field of themed environment design, painting, photography, installation and most recently interactive sculpture. Saar was born of Armenian decent Seda Shahinian in Teheran, Iran, and raised in the UK, studying interior architecture and furniture design at London Metropolitan University. Later she immigrated to the US with her family, and spent two decades designing themed architecture and environments for commercial and location based entertainment for major Hollywood studios. Her current work explores the physics of light and dimensional form, as well as interactive experiential design. Saar works in diversified media often using multiple mediums to convey her stories: Real and virtual painting, real and digital sculpture, photography installation and theatrical set design utilizing technology and innovation.
Bonnie Jean Smith
Kebedech Tekleab was born and raised in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. She studied visual art at the Fine Art School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and also earned both her BFA and MFA in painting from Howard University in Washington DC. Tekleab is a published poet, a painter, and sculptor as well as installation artist. Currently, she is a fulltime faculty member at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York.
Tekleab has received institutional recognition for her work through exhibitions, commissions and purchases. Her works are included in permanent collections at several places among them, Archives Navy Memorial Washington DC, the Holocaust Museum in Chicago, Illinois, American Embassy in Addis Ababa and Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC.
Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Joyce Ellen Weinstein received her MFA from CCNY; attended The Brooklyn Museum Art School and The Art Students League. She received fellowships to Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem; The Social-Cultural Center, Prague; Blue Mountain Art Center NY; chaNorth, NY, Europos Parkas Museum of the Center of Europe, Lithuania; Vermont Studio Center. She painted a mural in Prague. Permanent collections include National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC; Hebrew Union Institute of Religion Museum, NYC; YIVO Institute NYC; Hebrew Home for the Aged, NYC, Arts in the Military, housed in George Mason U VA, The University of ND; Dakota State University, SD; The Florida Holocaust Museum; Gallerie-Junge KunstWerkStart, Vienna, Austria; The Social-Cultural Center, Prague; Terezin Holocaust Museum, Czech Republic; Amnesty International; Einchen Americe, Princeton, NJ; Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, Lithuania. Included in Fixing the World: Jewish American Artists of the Twentieth Century, by Ori B. Soltes, New England University Press; The Book as Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts. Named A Fulbright Senior Specialist Candidate, three times finalist, one time winner of the Metro DC Dance Awards for Scenic Design. Website: www.joyceellenweinstein.com
Negin Sharif Zadeh
Dara Herman Zierlein
Zierlein's paintings explore topics such as equal rights, women's rights, gender identity, environmental catastrophes and the negative consequences of plastic pollution. She has been published in international magazines: "My Plastic Free Life", "One Million Women" (Australia), "Earth Issue" (London), and "Resist" (edited by Francoise Mouly of the New Yorker).