Artist, author, lecturer and Cape Coral resident Dr. Kyra Belan is one of 175 artists selected from thousands to participate in the national online exhibition titled Women’s Rights: An Artist’s Perspective. Hosted by UniteWomen.org, the exhibition is intended to support women’s rights and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
UniteWomen.org evolved from an activist movement created on February 19, 2012 as a Facebook group in response to a series of legislative actions throughout the United States that negatively affect women by disregarding their inherent rights in derogation of the Equal Rights Amendment. Endorsed by The American Association of University Women, The Coalition of Labor Union Women, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, UniteWomen.org seeks to equip and empower women to use their strengths, talents, and skills to further their participation as equal, valued voices in their communities, the nation and the world.
Karen Teegarden (CEO/President), Renee Davis (Vice-Chair, Board of Directors for UniteWomen.org), Patricia M. Gil (Ex VP Operations of UniteWomen.org) and Karen Gutfreund (Curator, VP and National Exhibitions Director of Women’s Caucus for Art) served as jurors for the exhibition, which begins as an online exhibition featured on Facebook and UniteWomen’s website. The art juried into the show will also be shown in digital format via projection and digital picture frames at various conferences and events for women’s rights planned over the next year, and UniteWomen.org is actively seeking galleries to physically host the exhibition.
You can view the exhibition at http://www.entrythingy.com/www.unitewomen_gallery.org.
Dr. Kyra Belán graduated from Arizona State University with a B.F.A. in fine arts and from Florida State University with an M.F.A. in visual arts. She has enjoyed more than 50 solo art exhibitions and has participated in over 90 group shows during her career. She has received numerous awards, including Who’s Who in American Art, 2008-13; the Florida Achievement Award in the Arts, Women’s Caucus for Art Florida Chapter, 2007-8; the Southeastern Art Conference Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award, University of Arkansas at Little Rock 2005; Broward County’s Women’s Hall of Fame Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, 1994; and the Individual Artist Fellowship, State of Florida, Florida Arts Council. 1982.
Dr. Belan was a professor of art and art history and a founding art gallery director at Broward College, Pembroke Pines FL from 1991 to 2010, and while there also coordinated the Seminole Arts and Culture Project (2008 – 2009). Currently Dr. Belan is an artist (painting, drawing, installation, photography) and is working on her latest book, Sacred Ladies in America and a re-release of The Virgin in Art called Images of the Divine (Prestige edition hardcover), due out in November of 2013. Her artworks are found in numerous public and private collections.