Uplift & Amplify: January #SWANSunday Artists

SWAN Day means Support Women Artists Now Day. It is an annual international celebration of women’s creativity and gender parity activism. It happens on the last Saturday in March. But we don’t have to wait. We can support women* artists every week!

Last month, StateraArts launched a campaign designed to AMPLIFY the voices and work of women artists as part of SWAN Day. The goal is to flood social media every Sunday with images, quotes, and work from women artists. Below are some of the incredible artists YOU amplified during the month of January. Who will you amplify this Sunday?

Find out more about SWAN Day HERE.

Luchita Hurtado, visual artist. (Photo by Laure Joliet)

Luchita Hurtado, visual artist. (Photo by Laure Joliet)

ARTIST: Luchita Hurtado

AMPLIFIED BY: Jackie Vanderbeck (Baton Rouge, LA)

“Luchita Hurtado. Dark Years” is on view from Jan. 31 – April 6, 2019, at Hauser & Wirth, 32 East 69th Street, New York, hauserwirth.com.

"Women artists have not had the visibility they should have and we need to protest, systematically, against forgetting — through books and exhibitions.”

Mercy Obukwa - Visual Artist

Mercy Obukwa - Visual Artist

ARTIST: Mercy Obukwa

AMPLIFIED BY: Sophie Dowllar (Kenya)

Mercy is a visual artist from Nairobi, Kenya, specializing in unique high-end luxurious art with a 3-D touch. Sophie says, “I am spoiled of choice whom i want to amplify on social media....But i have to see this piece of art (above) by Mercy Obukwa.”

Tonia Sina - Intimacy Directors International

Tonia Sina - Intimacy Directors International

ARTIST: Tonia Sina

AMPLIFIED BY: Mandy Rausch (Dallas)

Here’s what Mandy had to say about Tonia. “Not only did she lead the charge on choreographing intimacy for the stage, starting Intimacy Directors International and continue its growth, but she fights for her life every day with grace and humor and dignity, AND she’s an advocate for the bully breed with her sweet service dog, Daphne.”

Artwork by Evita Tezeno

Artwork by Evita Tezeno

ARTIST: Evita Tezeno

AMPLIFIED BY: Sarah Greenman (Eastern Oregon)

Sarah writes, “Today I want to shine a light on the incredible work of Evita Tezeno and her stunning collage portraits. Her collages are deeply enriching, joyful, thoughtful, gorgeous pieces of the human soul. I love them - each one.”

Melissa Maxwell, multi-disciplinary artist. (Photo by James Edward Alexander)

Melissa Maxwell, multi-disciplinary artist. (Photo by James Edward Alexander)

ARTIST: Melissa Maxwell

AMPLIFIED BY: Melinda Pfundstein

Melinda writes, “Lifting up multi-discipline artist: director/actor/advocate and more, Melissa Maxwell on this #SWANsunday. I never see a dragonfly when I don’t think of you.”

Emily Trask and Kitty Balay in “Shakespeare in Love” at PCPA. (Photo by Luis Escobar)

Emily Trask and Kitty Balay in “Shakespeare in Love” at PCPA. (Photo by Luis Escobar)

ARTIST: Emily Trask, Actor and Educator

AMPLIFIED BY: Kitty Balay

Kitty writes, “How lucky I am to have the extraordinary Emily Trask as an acting partner, colleague, and friend! Happy #SWANSunday!”