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Our President's Message

Cynthia Kenderson #IAMCynt ®️ 
President since January, 2024

"Everybody has A role to play, ART is to remind us of the PURPOSE of playing that role"

Saul Williams

 

As the President of Women of Visions, I am honored to lead this esteemed organization of gifted and talented women. Growing up as a child, I had the privilege of being around the Founders because my father was a photographer at the Selma Burke Art Center, where most of these women taught. As I looked up to them as beacons of inspiration, resilience, and creativity, blazing a trail of artistic excellence for generations to come, I never imagined that one day they would extend an invitation to join, and now to lead.

 
My vision is to extend our story beyond Pittsburgh, as America's longest-running African-American Women's collective of visual artists in the United States, with 40-plus years of history. By showcasing our work on a broader stage, we will not only amplify our voices but also enrich the cultural landscape of our nation. Our art has the power to spark conversations, challenge perceptions, and foster unity, transcending boundaries and bridging communities.

 
I also desire to collaborate with other organizations within the arts and other nonprofits, creating a collective spirit and passion for artistic expression to serve as a testament to the enduring power of creativity to inspire positive change in our world. And last but not least, to establish our roots in a space to spotlight individuals as well as the collective. And to be able to offer classes sharing old and new techniques and forms of art.

 
I'm proud of our successes over the years, particularly in providing more opportunities for meaningful engagement of our members. From having our 40th anniversary celebratory exhibit at The Carnegie Museum, The Red Dress Project at The Frick Museum, and being a summer sub at The Bunker Projects, just to mention a few.

 
Thank you for your continued participation and incredible support. Finally, I'd like to give a special thanks to Marimba Milliones and The Hill CDC for allowing us to use their space for meetings. 

 

W.O.V. Executive Board

Ashley A. Jones

Vice President

Janet Watkins

Recording Secretary

Sharell Rushin

Treasurer

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