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Persistence: A National Exhibition Celebrating Women’s Empowerment 

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Description: Persistence is an exhibition that features work from female artists from across the country. This exhibition is open to functional, non-functional, 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine craft in all mediums. In honor of Women’s History Month, this exhibition is open to all female artists living in the United States,  and is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios and provides a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk.

Juror Biography: Lori Pratico is the founder of the Girl Noticed Community Mural Project. Girl Noticed is a community-based arts outreach program that through self discovery uncovers and showcases the unique strengths, contributions and abilities of females, illuminating their greatness and its value in society. Nominations cover a wide spectrum, from overcoming personal struggles to momentous achievements. The individual chosen represents many others like them and has brought attention to subjects such as Asperger’s Syndrome, racism, poor body image, domestic violence, education, breast cancer awareness, and LGBTQ rights to name a few. The murals are done in charcoal, which will fade off the wall, adding a sense of urgency to “notice.” Notice the girl and what she values in herself, what makes her feel good about herself, before those things change or fade away. It is a temporary mural with a positive and permanent message. Girl Noticed has been to 13 states. For Lori, her artwork is not only her passion but also her voice. She is driven to inspire people to recognize that no matter what, there is always something about them extraordinary and worth noticing. As a teenager Lori’s life was greatly affected when a teacher nominated her for The National Honor Society and let her read the nomination letter. The small act of someone taking notice had a great impact on her life. “Most girls and women compare themselves to unrealistic norms society has put into place. We strive for perfection, and live in a constant state of I’m not good enough”, says Pratico. Girl Noticed reminds us to pause, acknowledge and appreciate others and ourselves. Aside from Girl Noticed, Lori serves on the Broward County Public Art and Design Committee.

Exhibition dates:        Saturday, March 9th 2019 - 

                                  Saturday, March 30th 2019

Reception:            Thursday, March 14th 2019, 5:30-

                             7:30pm

Call Open:            Friday, January 4th 2019 -      

                            Thursday, February 7th 2019

Notifications (by email):         By 5pm, Tuesday 

                                               February 19th, 2019 

Accepted works arrive by:   March 5th, 2019

Submission fee:             $35.00 for up to 3 works  

Awards:

1st Place:            $500.00
2nd Place:            $300.00
3rd Place:            $150.00