I am pleased to announce that I was recently one of 12 Los Angeles area artists to be awarded a fellowship from the Investing in Artists program through the Center for Cultural Innovation*. I received this fellowship to purchase a large-scale professional printer, to support and continue my social justice art project titled “(en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project”.
The Gallery Tally project is an international, crowd-sourced initiative in which participants collaborate to collect and visualize data pertaining to gender inequity in the contemporary commercial art galleries. Data is collected pertaining to the gender of artists represented at galleries around the world, and participating artists then produce visual representations of that data in the form of a poster. I began the project in September of 2013, and it has been steadily growing ever since. So far, 22 Chapman students and alumni have participated in the Gallery Tally. To date there are 1400 members of the project from 10 countries, over 365 posters have been produced, and hundreds of galleries have been tallied. Posters from the project have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Irvine, and Columbus, OH, and are slated for exhibitions in Miami and Puerto Rico in December, 2014 and Berlin in 2015. The project has received critical acclaim in magazines and newspapers around the world, and has enjoyed over 20 print articles and countless blog reports.
Here are a few of my favorite articles about the project:
- Tallying Art World Inequality, One Gallery at a Time, by Jillian Steinhauer, for Hyperallergic
- Galleries Are a Man’s World, and Micol Hebron is Keeping Score, by Carolina Miranda (arts writer for the LA Times), for KCET Artbound
- Super Inequality, Micol Hebron Challenges the Gender Ratio, by Carol Cheh for Artillery Magazine (cover story)
I strive to include and collaborate with students and colleagues on my public art projects, and I am excited to welcome any student, faculty member or staff to participate in the project! Instructions for participation can be found on Facebook, or on the Gallery Tally Tumblr page or you can email me directly at email@example.com (no prior design experience necessary!)
I will be showing a short documentary about Gallery Tally, and talking about this project, and issues of gender inequity and the challenges of tallying, analyzing and visualizing data pertaining to gender and identity politics during my presentation for the Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Breakfast series on November 20th from 8:30 – 10am.
*The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) is a non-profit supported by the James Irvine Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, with a mission to promote knowledge sharing, networking and financial independence for individual artists by incubating innovative projects that create new program knowledge.