Sep 102011
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Katie Gilmartin – Queer Words

Join us this September to celebrate a plentiful harvest of
Art, Love, & Pleasure!

This September Femina Potens is full of new opportunities & collaborations! Our labor has come fruition  and we welcome you to join us in celebration of our brand new community based web site, exhibition opportunities for artists, and exciting programming that spans the gamut from milk, cookies and motherhood to brilliant readings and performances on sexuality, lust and desire.

This month we will be opening the doors of Femina Potens Artists Incubator to the public at Blue Dahlia Gallery where we will be exhibiting a collaboration of work melding text & fantastical childhood imagery from the upcoming children’s book, “My Mommy is a Love Artist”. These illustrations and text celebrate difference & the power of love that speak to both children and adults.

On a weekly basis we will be providing writing and art workshops for mom’s and mom’s to be. These workshops will result in an anthology of written works that portray the transitional journey of mother’s in the sex industry.

Through out the month of September purchase art works on our  web site and 100% of the proceeds will go to Lyon-Martin Health Clinic and providing free and affordable health care to the queer and women community. Are you due for a check up? An STI screening? Your annual pap smear? Drop by Lyon – Martin Health Clinic to take care of your personal health and check out our current exhibit featuring artists Kira Scarlet , KD Diamond, Katie Gilmartin, and Suzanne Forbes.

Femina Potens is partnering up with BedPost Confessions to provide a night of Sizzling erotic spoken word and performance for the bay area from local and touring authors at San Franicisco’s The Make Out Club. Make a night of it with cocktails and erotic literature that will be sure inspire a night of debauchery for you and a special someone.

In honor of artistic director, Madison Young’s birthday, help Femina Potens raise funds for our upcoming programming.  There are several ways you can help support Femina Potens programming including becoming a monthly member for as little as $10 a month or sponsoring a specific Femina Potens event or program here. Currently we are looking for support for our Building White Picket Fences Visual Art Exhibit which explores the themes of queer family featuring artists such as Midori, Mev Luna, Monica Canilao, Harrison Bartlett, Madison Young and Amelia Reiff Hill. Exhibition sponsors of $50 or more receive a limited edition autographed art work from the exhibition and access to view the creation and installation of art work for the exhibit live on the web.


  • September 7th, 14th & 28th (1pm – 4pm) - The Art of Motherhood

This is a weekly group of moms and moms to be coming together to create art, writing, and film projects that chronicles our transformation and journey to motherhood. Creative coaching, inspirational guides, guest lectures, and artistic prompts, exhibition and writing opportunities, and creative meditation are all a part of this series. This is a great way to find community support and connection with other moms, chronicle your experiences and emotions through pregnancy and motherhood by journalling, video, and art making. Each class will encourage creating art, self-portraiture, belly casts, video art, and performance as an expression and celebration of our emotional and psychological changes during and after pregnancy.

Located at Blue Dahlia Gallery (Studio 315 – 3435 Cesar Chavez (between Valencia & Mission)).


  • September 9th (1pm – 4pm) – Sexy Mama’s Social Club brunch

San Francisco’s Sexy Mama’s Social Club is a group of moms (and mom’s to be) in the San Francisco and Bay Area who are sex positive, part of alternative sex communities (kink, poly-amorous, lesbian queer), adult industry professionals, sex educators, sex writers, burlesque performers, sexual artists, sexual healers, sex workers (past or present) or allies.

Mama’s of all gender identities welcome. For location details email Madison Young at


  • September 18th (1pm – 4pm) - “My Mommy is a Love Artist” – Opening reception

On Sunday September 18th 1pm- 4pm Femina Potens presents - “My Mommy is a Love Artist” a visual art exhibit featuring illustrations and art work inspired by text written by Madison Young.  Featuring artists Casey CastilleKD Diamond, Suzanne ForbesBrit Howard and other local luminaries as part of Femina Potens’ FP Family & Youth program.

Join us for an opening reception on September 18th from 1pm – 4pm for roof garden bbq, mommy-tinis , juice boxes and birthday cake in honor of  curator Madison Young.

This is a family friendly event and we encourage families to come out with their youngsters.

Exhibit will be on display September 18th – March 2nd at Blue Dahlia Gallery 3435 Cesar Chavez Studio 315 (between Valencia and Mission).


  • September 22nd (8pm) – Femina Potens co-presents BedPost Confessions

BedPost Confessions, based in Austin, Tx, is an entertaining show where a diverse collection of writers and performers represent a wide range of sexualities through storytelling and performance.

The highlight of each show is the participation of the audience members who share their own anonymous confessions, which are collected throughout the night and read onstage by our producers.

We are super excited to be bringing BedPost Confessions to the city by the bay! We are honored to have Femina Potens as our co-presenter for this special performance. We will have readings by sex blogger Sadie Smythe, Femina Potens owner and artist, Madison Young, radical sex hacker Maggie Mayhem, 2010 International Ms Leather Mollena Williams, author and activist Thea Hillman, and Lambda Literary winner Simon Sheppard!

Follow these links for highlights of past BedPost Confessions performances~


Julie Gillis is an artist, social justice activist, and intersectionality junkie. As a parent, she believes in advocating for comprehensive age appropriate sex ed in the schools, and as a grown up she believes in sexual literacy and equal rights  in relationships. While comedy and laughter will always be tools of her performance and art, one must never underestimate how serious she is about making this world a better place for people to love and be loved.

Sadie Smythe is a writer who, when she isn’t online expressing her views on sex and relationships, is writing books about her open marriage and is a co-producer of Bedpost Confessions, an erotic reading series in Austin, TX. She unapologetically embraces her inner MILF, happily expresses her sexuality and firmly fancies empowering a female’s full-on fondness for sexual freedom. Sadie is also a big fan of alliteration.

Madison Young is an international award-winning feminist porn star, director, gallerist, artist, and new mom. She has been directing and performing in erotic films for nearly a decade and has won great acclaim for her video line, Madison Young Productions,  and her network of erotic web sites, the Feminist Porn Network. She has been awarded multiple feminist porn awards including “Indie Porn Pioneer” of the year and has received numerous AVN nominations for her films.  Her films have screened at film festivals through out the States, Europe, and Australia. Young, who has been called a “sex positive Tasmanian devil” values sexual education in her work and has taught workshops, lectures, and acted as a panelist on the topics of sexuality, feminism and pornography, and kink across the around the world including at Yale University and UC Berkeley.  Her professional trajectory spans past performing in over a hundred adult films and directing 26 films for her own production company and includes her contributions to the art world.  Madison Young, she has handled the artistic curation of over a hundred art exhibitions over the past decade for not only Femina Potens Art Gallery but also The National Queer Arts Festival, SOMARTS, The SF LGBT Center, and the Traveling Erotic Art Show.

Maggie Mayhem is a sex hacker, erotic artist, porn producer, and writer based out of Oakland, CA. She and her partner produce the website Meet The Mayhems showcasing their sexy love life.

Maggie Mayhem has served as the coordinator of a free and anonymous HIV testing clinic as well as the HIV Senior Specialist of Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Her work in HIV prevention has also taken her to Tanzania, Africa where she did grant work in HIV prevention and AIDS care in the Bagamoyo district. She and her partner also spent the summer of 2010 volunteering together to clear rubble in Haiti after the Jan, 2010 earthquake.

One of her goals is to help build a world where people are safe to express themselves sexually by providing information and resources about STI’s, abuse, assault, gender as well as fighting  negative stigmas about sex workers and alternative sexual communities.

She is also an out and loud atheist and skeptic.

Simon Sheppard is the author of Sodomy!, In Deep; Hotter Than Hell: Sex Parties 101: and Kinkorama: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Perversions; editor of Homosex: 60 Years of Gay Erotica, and Leatherman, and coeditor of Rough Stuff and Roughed Up. His work has appeard in over 300 Anthologies including Best Gay Erotica and The Best American Erotica.

Thea Hillman- -My writing has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Berkeley Review of Fiction, On Our Backs, and Cometbus, among others. I performed a birdcall on The Tonight Show, was on the cover of the Oakland phone book, but am most proud of my tag-team haiku championship title. My first book,Depending on the Light, was published by Manic D Press in 2001. My second book, For Lack of a Better Word, will be published in Fall 2007 by Suspect Thoughts Press.


  • August 7th – November 5th – Lyon Martin Visual Art Exhibit (1748 Market Street Suite 201)

Femina Potens teams up with Lyon-Martin Health Clinic to present visual art works from artists Suzanne Forbes, Kira Scarlet, Katie Gilmartin and KD Diamond using drawing, needle point and illustration to create health awareness in the queer, women and trans communities.

Our exhibition’s goal is to create an environment that is comforting and approachable through artistic expression. We art striving to make an experience that can be somewhat intimidating more friendly and informative through art.

Visit Lyon-Martin Health Clinic during clinic hours to check out our latest exhibit and make an appointment for your next check up.

KD “Megaphone” Diamond is a radical queer comic artist and graphic designer. She strongly believes in the direct cross-over of art and politics, and uses this dogma in her every-day art practice. She’s done many illustrations and cartoons about gender, sexuality, and sex education. She’s also designed many pamphlets, flyers, and posters for various local organizations.

Suzanne Rachel Forbes was born and raised in Manhattan, and attended Parsons School of Design for two years, then finished her BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, in the Fine Art Program.

She has worked as a courtroom artist for CBS Television, as the regular artist on DC Comics’ Star Trek, The Original Series, as a book illustrator and as a portraitist.

Her paintings, comic art and courtroom illustrations are in collections across the United States. Her current work focuses on traditional portraiture with an alternative flavor and live documentation of bay Area alternative culture.

Kira Scarlet is an artist & illustrator with a passion for hand embroidery and digital art. She particularly identifies with the identities and adjectives queer, artist, feminist, bisexual, contradictory, unexpected, geek and kinky. She is currently exploring the connection between between art, hand embroidery, historical textiles, shibari, suspension and other forms and aspects of rope bondage.

Katie Gilmartin: “I valiantly attempted to embody the anguished suffering artist, but chronic backsliding forced me to resign myself to a life of delight, abundance, and gusto.  I now devote myself to the redemptive power of pleasure, creating images that celebrate mirth, ease, exuberance, and lust.   My checkered past includes stints as a buoyant union organizer, fabulous faux drag queen, bona fide sex researcher, and deeply engaged college professor. I now teach printmaking classes and create my prints at Chrysalis Studio in SOMArts.  My work makes an appearance in the Good Vibrations video G Marks the Spot — and all twenty-seven queer words, along with almost as many of my pulp prints, can be seen on my website,“.


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Sep 042011

You can’t see it, but you know it’s there…

Something amazing is about to happen, you just know it…

Someone is hinting at something and hoping you’ll get the picture…

Call for Art: “Implications” (Working Title)

Description: Calling all S.W.E.A.T. artists! We have been invited to do a two-month show at the Majestic Café in Detroit, Michigan beginning with an Opening Reception on Thursday, November 10th, 2011.

After much thought about the venue, the time of year and the potential for sales with this demographic, we have decided that this show will feature erotic art that contains implied nudes and/or implied erotic content. No art containing visible pubic hair, genitals, nipples, or body fluid will be considered.

Eligibility: Artists must be members of the Society for Women in Erotic Art Today (S.W.E.A.T.). For more information on joining, please check out our website at

Deadline: Sunday, September 25th at midnight PST.

Media/um: All visual 2-D media are invited to this Call for Art. Unfortunately, due to the venue, we cannot display pieces of art larger than 30” on any side, nor can we accept 3-D pieces. All pieces submitted MUST be offered for sale at this venue and the prices of each piece may not exceed $300.

Submission Process: Up to 10 images may be submitted to with the subject “Implications Show – Submission [Artist’s Name]” and the images must be .jpeg format labelled with the artist’s name and the title of the piece (i.e. “Lisolette_Gilcrest_Playboy” or “Lisolette_Gilcrest_Imitating_Beauty”). Files can be a maximum of 1000 pixels on the longest side. Please also indicate the physical dimensions of each piece.

Fee: There is no fee to submit to this Call for Art; however, if accepted, there is a $25 fee per artist to assist with the expenses of the show, which must be remitted within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance via PayPal.

Selection Process: Whether or not your art has been accepted, you will receive a notification of the status of your submission by Saturday, October 1st. Shipped art will be due in Detroit by Friday, October 28th and Local Drop-Off will be at the Majestic Café on Monday, November 7th.

About the Venue: The Majestic Theatre is steeped in history. Built in 1915, the Majestic Theatre was touted as the largest theatre built for the purpose of showing motion pictures and also featured live vaudeville acts. In 1987, The Majestic began featuring live music and entertainment from touring blues, rock, jazz, folk, Reggae and Worldbeat artists – and now it offers a variety of entertainment activities, making it the “Premier Entertainment Center” for adults in Detroit, featuring music, food, bowling, billiards, karaoke, and more.

The Majestic Café is open Tuesday through Sunday until 2:00 a.m. and provides food and adult beverages to those who are visiting. The main demographic of the hundreds of people who visit the Majestic each day are ages 21 to 35, the hip, the irreverent, edgy and trendy.

Sep 042011

Southern Exposure


Proof, Southern Exposure’s Entry-Fee Free Juried Exhibition
Art Work Drop Off Dates:
Friday, September 9, 2011, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 10, 2011, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

If you would like to be considered for our Entry-Fee Free Juried Exhibition, bring your artwork to Southern Exposure on our drop off days, September 9th and 10th, 2011. Smiling volunteers will receive your submissions, and the very next day they will be reviewed by Juror, Denise Markonish, curator at MASS MoCA. If your work is selected, it will be on view to the public in a major exhibition the following week!

Proof, the theme for the 2011 Juried Exhibition, is intended to inspire and encourage a broad level of creative response across multiple media. Southern Exposure invites visual artists to submit work that responds to this theme in some way, shape or form. Southern Exposure’s juried exhibition does not require artists to pay to enter their work. The exhibition is open to any artist living in Northern California north of King City and south of the Oregon border. To obtain more information about eligibility, rules, artwork drop-off, jurying and to apply, visit our websiteand download the call for entry form.


Right about now, you’re probably asking yourself, “How do I become a part of this exciting and life-changing event?” There are plenty of ways to help out with Proof, whether or not you are submitting artwork for consideration. Below is a handy schedule of dates when we need your help! Look it over and consider which volunteer opportunities appeal to you most:

Drop off Day: Friday, September 9 – Saturday, September 10
Receive artwork and meet over 500 artists!

Jurying Day: Sunday, September 11
Work with SoEx staff and Denise Markonish as she selects artworks for exhibition. Watching the juror’s process is an awesome behind-the-scenes opportunity.

Installation Days: Wednesday September 14 and Thursday September 15
-Assist preparators in installing the selected works. Volunteers with previous install experience requested.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 16
Be a bartender for the day!

Contact Morgan Peirce to sign up! Email: / Phone: 415.863.2141

Artists on Drop Off Day, 2010


Alternative Exposure offers direct support to Bay Area based unincorporated groups, burgeoning art and gathering spaces, publications, websites, collectives, events, and independent projects that fall outside the traditional frameworks of support. In the four years since launching Alternative Exposure, SoEx has awarded $220,000 in direct funds to 69 Bay Area projects. Visit the project website for more information, then download a the grant guidelines and application, and visit the information session on September 7th to answer any remaining questions!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011
6:00 PM – 7:30 pm
Southern Exposure
3030 20th st
San Francisco, CA 94110

Next Wednesday, September 7th, is your final opportunity to attend an Alternative Exposure Information Session. SoEx staff will provide more detailed information on the application process, questions of eligibility, and appropriate uses of the grant funds, as well as answer any other questions you may have. Attendance at the information session is NOT required to apply for the Alternative Exposure grant. The information session is optional and FREE to all who attend.

Sign up to attend at or call 415.863.2141. RSVPs are optional.


Design by Zaldy Serrano

SoEx seeks youth artists age 14 – 21

Do you know any awesome young people who would like to join our Youth Advisory Board this Fall?

Youth Advisory Board is a group of artists age 14 – 21 from diverse communities throughout the Bay Area. Each semester, youth artists work alongside professional artists towards the completion of a final project on view to the public. Southern Exposure teaches YAB members to use art as a community-building tool and provides them with a space to create their own events and have their collective voices heard.

Over the course of ten weeks, YAB students visit Southern Exposure after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 – 6 pm, ending the semseter with a final public project. The fall 2011 semester of YAB begins on Wednesday, September 14. DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION to participate! Attendance is FREE!

Two of our amazing young artists, Bryce Hidysmith and Maddie Fried, posing with their time machine atThe Cries of San Francisco in June.


9/7/11: Alternative Exposure Information Session #3
9/9 and 9/10/11: Drop-off for Proof, SoEx’s Juried Exhibition
9/14/11: Alternative Exposure Grant Application Deadline
9/16/11: Proof Exhibition opening.

Support Southern Exposure.
Support Artists.
Become a Member.

by phone: 415-863-2141
by mail: 3030 20th Street, SF, CA 94110


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Sep 042011

Call For Submissions
Sex Still Spoken Here: More from the Erotic Reading Circle
Editors: Carol Queen, Jen Cross, Amy Butcher
Publisher: tbd
Deadline: Nov 1, 2011 (earlier submissions preferred)
Compensation: TBD (at minimum, each author receives a copy of the finished collection and we will be sharing profits with contributors)

Editors Carol Queen, Jen Cross and Amy Butcher are collecting submissions for a second anthology of hot writings from the latest incarnation of the Erotic Reading Circle. Have you attended the Reading Circle in the last five years? We want your stories, poems, novel or memoir excerpts. All sexual orientation, sexualities, and gender orientations welcome: we want to showcase the diversity and power of writing that has been shared at the Circle. That being said, please do not submit stories featuring sex with children. Submissions welcome and invited from anyone who has shared their work at the ERC since 2006; we will read and consider all submission, though we will prioritize work that has been read/shared at the Circle. Reprints will be considered as long as you retain the rights to the work.

This follow-up to Sex Spoken Here (Down There Press, 1998) will consist of three parts: an introduction to the Erotic Reading Circle (a conversation with the editors); an anthology of erotic writing shared at the Circle in its latest incarnation; and a how-to manual for those wishing to start an Erotic Reading Circle in their communities. We expect to release the book in both electronic and print formats.
Keep in mind that there are three chances to attend the Erotic Reading Circle before the deadline: August 24, September 28, October 26.

Payment: Because we don’t yet have a publisher confirmed, payment is still being determined; we will share profits with contributors, and all contributors will receive at least one author’s copy of the anthology on publication. Contract is for one-time rights.
How to submit: Include story title, byline, and the date when the piece (in any form) was shared at the ERC (if it was) at top of first page. Send double spaced Times or Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document (.doc only, NOT .docx) OR RTF of 1,000-4,000 word story. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) required. In the body of the email, please include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, and 50 word or less bio in the third person to If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as.

Sep 042011

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Call for entries | Extended deadline | Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid



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Call for entries | Extended deadline
Until September 10, 2011
for the Rencontres Internationales which will be held in Paris at the Centre Pompidou in Nov. 2011

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The call for entries is open until September 10, 2011, for the ‘Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid’ which will be held in Paris at the Centre Pompidou on Nov. 18 to 26, 2011, and in Madrid and Berlin in 2012.
The event will feature an international program focused on film, video and multimedia, gathering works of artists and filmmakers recognized on the international scene along with young artists and filmmakers.

CAN SUBMIT ONE OR SEVERAL WORKS. THE CALL FOR ENTRIES IS OPEN TO FILM, VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA WORKS, without any restrictions for length or genre. All submissions are free, regardless of geographical origin.

– any film and video format
* Video / Experimental video
* Fiction, exp. fiction / Short, middle and full length
* Documentary, exp. documentary
* Experimental film
* Animation

* Video installation, multimedia installation * Net art * Multimedia concert, multimedia performance


You may choose between two types of registration:
• Entry form to use with regular mail
• 100% online entry form, without postal sending

PLEASE FORWARD this information to art and film organizations, art networks, production organizations, artists and filmmakers you are in contact with.

The ‘Rencontres Internationales’ offers more than just a simple presentation of works. It introduces an intercultural forum gathering various guests from all over the world – artists and filmmakers, institutions and emerging organizations – to testify of their reflections and their experiences, but also of artistic and cultural contexts that are often undergoing deep changes.
The ‘Rencontres Internationales’ reflects specificities and convergences of artistic practices between new cinema and contemporary art, explores emerging media art practices and their critical purposes, and makes possible a necessary time where points of view meet and are exchanged.
The event aims at presenting works to a broad audience, at creating circulations between different art practices and between different audiences, as well as creating new exchanges between artists, filmmakers and professionals.
It seeks to contribute to a reflection on our contemporary culture of image via a compelling program opened to everyone..


In 2007, the Rencontres Internationales, which initially took place in Paris and Berlin, opened up to a third city: Madrid. This event now constitutes a unique artistic and cultural platform in Europe for artists, professional networks and various audiences. The venues in the three cities are in particular the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Reina Sofia National museum and the Spanish Cinematheque in Madrid.

The ‘Rencontres Internationales’ is a non-commercial event without competition, supported by the Centre Pompidou, the French Ministry of Culture – DRAC Ile-de-France, the Regional Council Ile-de-France, the City of Paris.

Until October 10, 2011
Pass/accreditations (only press and professionals) grant access to the whole program: screenings, exhibitions, concerts and performances, video library and debates.
Accreditation application

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Sep 042011

12″ of Sin – So Much Art You Can Barely Fit It All In is an international juried erotic art show to be held at Sin City Gallery in February 2012.

Yes, we believe SIZE does matter and all art submissions are to be 12″ and under in size. It can be any medium and theme. $12 per entry, maximum of three submissions. Submission deadline is October 31.

25 Finalists will be chosen to exhibit at Sin City Gallery in February 2012.The Best of Show winner will receive a solo show at Sin City Gallery in January 2013 and will be flown to Las Vegas for their exhibition. The 25 finalists and the Best of Show winner’s exhibition will be featured in Sin City Gallery’s 12″ of Sin art book.

Please visit for additional information and submission details.

** Submit before September 15, 2011 for one free additional entry.**

Be sure to tell your friends around the world about the competition!

Sep 042011

Torrance Art Museum’s 2011 Annual
South Bay Focus

Presented in conjunction with the Torrance Artists Guild and the South Bay Watercolor Society

November 29 – December 16, 2011
Reception Party – Saturday, December 3, 6-9pm

To apply to participate in this great exhibition of local artists from all over the South Bay:

Email only one jpeg image for each of the 2 works you wish the Juror to review to:
Download, fill out and print application form at

Send the processing fee of $30 and completed application form to
TAG, c/o Penny Kastagir, 22623 Evalyn Ave, Torrance, CA 90505

DEADLINE for applications is October 15th

Artists will be notified by November 5th
Delivery of accepted artworks is Saturday November 19th

Artists must live or work in these South Bay cities to be eligible to participate:
El Segundo, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Torrance

The Juror for this years exhibition is Carl Berg of Carl Berg Projects at the Pacific Design Center.

Mr. Berg previously ran the Irvine Fine Arts Center as its Curator and has over 15 years experience as a Curator and Juror.



The TAM is currently crowdsourcing proposals for long-term volunteer curation of its video art program, VideoRow. There are 6 opportunities for the 2012 year. Send proposals to TAM Curator Max Presneill at MPresneill@TorranceCA.Gov


CURATORIAL OPEN CALL – Performance art programming

The TAM is currently crowdsourcing proposals for long-term volunteer curation of performance art events to coincide with concurrent exhibitions. There are 6 opportunities for the 2012 year. Send proposals to TAM Curator Max Presneill at MPresneill@TorranceCA.Gov


OPEN CALL – Interventionists
Crowdsourcing From Street To Museum

In the continuing development of exhibition programming that explores new methodologies in curation we are introducing Interventionists. This crowd sourcing project asks you to send us a proposal of how you might transfer a street art or public art intervention into the museum.

We are looking for artists who can take their normal art practice from the studio into the streets, or from the street, and then envision a way to transport it into an art museum context. These proposals can be from art that is based on conceptual approaches or from the walls in the street, and should raise questions regarding this transfer, the contextual alterations to meaning posed by the project and acknowledge the wider meanings of Street Art and Public Art.

Although shipping budgets are constricted we will review proposals from anyone, anywhere in the world in the expectation that anyone selected will have covered their own expenses via grants, etc from their home countries. Deadline for sending proposals is December 1st, 2011. Selected artists will be notified by the end of the year.

Send proposals to TAM Curator Max Presneill at MPresneill@TorranceCA.Gov

The Torrance Art Museum is program of the Cultural Services Division, Community Services Department. Creating and Enriching Community Through People, Programs and Partnerships. For information about the City of Torrance and other programming at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, go to or call 310.328.5310.

Sep 032011

Call for Submissions – Public Art in Munich

Friday 26.08.2011

Martin Krenn / Oliver Ressler: Eurpean Corrections Corporation

‘Aspects of Appearance and Design in Public Space’ 



„Public Art’ – call for submissions of project proposals for up to € 150,000
For the year 2012 on the subject: ‘Aspects of Appearance and Design in Public Space’
Deadline: Friday, 21 October 2011


Erwin Hartel

0049 (0) 89 233 25453

0049 (0) 89 233 21269


City of Munich, Department of Arts and Culture

Burgstr. 4
80331 Munich

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The shape and appearance of public space, its architectonic composition and visual design – by means of functional elements, commercial media and advertisements, objects of beautification and representation – are expressions of a people’s culture. Additionally, other aspects such as fashion and means of transport used by people in public places determine the latter’s perception and character.

In line with ‘Public Art – a Programme by the Department of Arts and Culture’, in 2012 the City of Munich subsidises projects dealing with the issues mentioned above, with a budget of up to €150,000 per project. The proposals submitted should particularly focus on the creative nature of public space and include aspects of design, architecture, fine art, fashion and light. The implications of public space on social life and communication should also be considered.

Professionals from different areas such as design, architecture, fine and performing art, fashion, landscape and light design, music are explicitly being invited to submit proposals. The City of Munich wishes to support co-operative as well as interdisciplinarily developed projects making use of various types of media and having a process-oriented and temporary character.

Submitted proposals should show consideration of education and communication strategies, as these are a crucial part of the realisation of art projects – especially in public space.

Requirements (for formally correct applications):

1. a coherent concept in writing (up to three A4 pages, images/visualisations if possible, either in German or in English)

2. a specification of the project’s duration/ time span

3. an indication of location or at least thoughts on possible locations (potentially a first assessment of necessary authorisations/ licenses and viability)

4. a list of costs/ budget
4.1 project costs: e.g. planning, realisation, licenses, dismantling
4.2 operational costs: e.g. servicing, supervision, insurance
4.3 artists’ fees
4.4 communication activities
4.5 other sponsors, total funding

5. significant vita of the applicant/s or participating individuals

Deadline for submissions: Friday, 21 October 2011

The submission of proposals in a pdf format via email is preferred. Please make sure that the total size of the attached documents does not exceed 10MB.

Email address:

Postal address:
Landeshauptstadt München
Abteilung 1, Herr Erwin Hartel
Burgstr. 4
80331 München

The mailbox at the town hall entrance (Rathauspforte), Marienplatz München can also be used for submission.

Sep 032011


US Capitol Christmas Tree




Dear California Artists, 


California and the Stanislaus National Forest have been asked to provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree (“the People’s Tree”) for 2011. This provides a very unique opportunity for California artists who are interested in creating art that represents this event. The selected artist’s rendition of the tree will be displayed in the Capitol Christmas Tree Gallery located at the Chief of the United States Forest Service’s Office in Washington, D.C. The artist will be flown to Washington, D.C. to do the official unveiling at the Chief’s Reception prior to the Tree Lighting ceremony in early December.


We are asking for your participation by providing your artistic talents and imagination depicting the 60-foot tree and showcasing all that is special about California. California Artists should have their finished pieces of art available to be judged by August 31, 2011. Images of the top 10 pieces of art will be made into note cards/holiday cards to be sold as a fundraiser for the project. Information about each artist will be printed on the back of the note cards, to provide added recognition to the ten artists.


To have the artwork reviewed by the selection committee, it must meet the following requirements:

• Any medium may be used: including but not limited to: acrylics, oil, watercolor, textile, metals, photography, stained glass, etc.

• Pieces should be no larger than 35 inches high & 30 inches wide

• Framed if appropriate, or otherwise designed to be easily hung on a wall.

• Deadline to have a digital photo of the artwork to us will be August 31, 2011


The theme of the 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project is “California Shines”. You can learn more by visiting the project website at


Please e-mail or call Shandy Bearden at (209) 532-3671 ext. 232 or if you have any questions.


Thank you in advance for your participation in this exciting event!



Maria Benech, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree 2011 Coordinator



Calling all California Artists: 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree Juried Art Exhibition Submission Deadline Extended  



The 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree, sponsored by the US Forest Service, will be a gift from one of California’s National Forests. In honor of the occasion, the Stanislaus National Forest is hosting a statewide, juried art exhibition to select a submitted artwork that will represent the 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree.

Traditionally, the official Capitol Christmas Tree artwork is presented to the Chief of the Forest Service and will hang in their office for one year. The artwork will ultimately be exhibited in “The Tree Gallery” adjacent to the Chief of the Forest Service’s office in the Yates Building, as part of the national permanent collection featuring previous Capitol Christmas Tree winners.



Open to all California Residents, 18 years of age or older. Any art medium may be used. Finished artwork should be no larger than 35 inches high by 30 inches wide with framing optional. Artwork must be designed to hang on wall.

One time use: The winning artist must agree to convey to the U.S. Forest Service the right to reproduce the image in a one-time printing to be sold to fund this program.



Deadline to submit is August 31, 2011



Submit high quality digital image of artwork: jpg format/4×6 inches minimum/300dpi

Image file name: LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg

Digital image and entry form may be emailed to:

Subject heading should read: “Christmas Tree Art”


CD with image and entry form may be mailed to:

Christmas Tree Art

Stanislaus National Forest

19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370


Additional Information available at:

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On Twitter:!/CalShines





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Artist Statement for Becoming MILF
written by Madison Young


Becoming MILF is an examination of the journey to motherhood surrounding the balance of one’s identity as both a sexual being and a mother. The exhibit showed on April 19th  – May 1st 2011 at Michelle Oconnor Art Gallery in San Francisco California, and was presented by Femina Potens Art Gallery with funding by the California Arts CouncilSan Francisco Arts Commission, and Zellerbach Foundation. Thirteen new art works were created for this exhibit by myself and in collaboration with other local artists including Nancy PeachAnnie Sprinkle PHD, James Mogul, Malia Schlaefer, and my daughter, Emma Mogul, in mediums ranging from textile, video and photography to paint, soundscapes and found art.

At its core, Becoming MILF is an art exhibit about identity that navigates issues of motherhood and sex in an attempt to reclaim the word MILF to encompass a woman’s transformation into their post-partum sexual identity. It is a snap shot of the visual and sculptural manifestation of the first several weeks of motherhood.

One of the works of art in the Becoming MILF exhibit (which is one of a series of four photographic pieces) entitled “MILFing Marilyn” became a topic of controversy.


MILFing Marilyn – Madison Young & Malia Schlaefer


Marilyn Monroe – Richard Avedon © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation


In this image I reference a well-known Richard Avedon portrait of Marilyn Monroe. This sexual iconography is used to explore my own morphing identity from a feminist sexual personality to nurturing mother by depicting myself as Marilyn Monroe breast feeding her child.


Bathtub Confessionals – Nancy Peach & Madison Young

This portrait allows the viewer into a moment of transformation, questioning, fear of the unknown, a mourning of her past and gazing into the future while embracing and  nourishing her baby.

This work is reminence of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills in which Sherman photographed  herself as stereo-types or characters such as “house wife, actress, prostitute, woman in distress” to possibly explore these different characters that exist with in all of us.

This photographic work of myself and my daughter is a piece in which I constructed with the collaborative efforts of professional photographer and General Manager at Femina Potens Art Gallery, Malia Schlaefer.


Additional works in the exhibit included:

Bathtub Confessionals: I teamed up with painter Nancy Peach and photographer James Mogul to create a larger than life painting based on a photograph of me 9 months pregnant in my favorite pink slip in the  bath tub. This painting was coupled with a soundscape of confessions about my relationship to my body during pregnancy.

Breast Milk Shakes: A performance art piece in which I sat in a corner of the Becoming MILF art opening, hand whisking whipped topping for milkshakes while pumping breast milk which was added to the desert.  This performance uses traditional women’s work and the re-appropriation of breasts for nourishment to address our thoughts on breast-feeding. It spurred some fascinating conversations around nurturing versus sexualizing of breasts in the context of breast feeding and motherhood.

Porn Star Panty Quilt: This is a textile piece in which I sewed colorful panels of material together forming a small 5′x5′ quilt.  On the quilt I sewed into the piece panties  that I chronologically wore from my first trimester, second trimester, third trimester and post-partum.  The panties tell a story of change, transformation and healing.  Quilts are traditionally given as gifts at birth’s, are made with our hands and tell a story.

Post-Partum Pin-Up : In this photograph, I pose in a traditional pin-up fashion while wearing my nursing bra and full bottom panties.  On the photograph I write out my flaws, insecurities, and battle wounds and embrace this change as part of my awkward transformation to motherhood.


See Full List of Exhibited Works

* Note due to time constraints several works listed in the original Press Release for Becoming MILF were not exhibited or performed including 30 Actions to Becoming MILF and Feminist Jazzercizing Pornographer


About the artist, Madison Young: My arts training and background informs the mediums in which I tackle both social issues as well as provides a vehicle of expression for processing my ever changing identity as a woman, mother, adult performer, and multi-dimensional human being.

I graduated with honors in the top ten percent of my class from art school at Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts  and majored in women studies and the arts at both Columbia College and Antioch College.  I have exhibited my own visual art works across the country and have worked professionally as an artist for the past decade while also serving as the Executive Director and founder of the non-profit  LGBT community art gallery, Femina Potens.

My professional trajectory spans past performing in over a hundred adult films and directing 26 films for my own production company and includes my contributions to the art world.  Under the name Madison Young, I have handled the artistic curation of over a hundred art exhibitions over the past decade for not only Femina Potens Art Gallery but also The National Queer Arts Festival, SOMARTS, The SF LGBT Center, and the Traveling Erotic Art Show.




Controversy arose when the Avedon inspired photograph “MILFing Marilyn”, shot by Malia Schlaefer, began to circulate on the internet.  The black and white portrait portrays Madison, wearing a period dress, gazing quizzically to the side while breast-feeding her diapered child.

The image created a flurry of combative and vocal view points on numerous news sites and blogs on topics such as breast feeding in public, the sexualization of women documented breast feeding their children, and a child’s consent to participate in either political or artistic works or performances.

Says Young of the image, “An image which explores the identity of any sexual being is not inherently an erotic image. This portrait that depicts my sexual identity while breastfeeding is not intended to be erotic, its intended to demonstrate a shifting, transformation in identity.”

Young comments, “Consent is an essential part of any healthy form of communication or expression including art.  This is why releases of either your subject or your subject’s guardian is essential in communicating the conceptual and contextual elements of the work in question.”

Young plans to publish a document regarding consent in relation to the creation of art with children including input by California Lawyers for the Arts and fellow professional artists that work with children as their subjects.


Other artists that have included their children in their art work and performance include Yoko Ono, whose daughter was a part of the famous Bed In and Sally Mann who was dubbed as the “Worlds Greatest Photographer” by Time Magazine for the intimate photos of her family including her 3 daughters and husband.

Young also plans to work with Femina Potens’ FP Family program, on providing a skill share and lecture with local lactation specialists and post-partum doulas who will provide resources on lactation support and laws around public and documented breast feeding (both in and out of art galleries).

Breast feeding is not new to the art world.  The Gugenheim Museum has displayed photography of well known artist Catherine Opie breast feeding, while celebrity photographer Annie Liebovitz has photographed Playboy model, Jerry Hall, breast feeding for Liebovitz’s latest photography book “Women”.  The cover of W Magazine portrayed Angelina Jolie breast feeding her twins, which inspired several art works including a nude public art sculpture by New York City based artist, Daniel Edwards.


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