Attention all nasty women and nasty women allies!

New Haven is one of 40 cities to join the nationwide movement to organize a Nasty Women exhibition in the first days of Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s term in office.  The organizers invite artists, activists, scholars, creative thinkers and anyone who identifies as a “nasty woman” or a “nasty woman ally” to submit a visual or performative work to the show. Contact information: The Nasty Women Organizing team is Valerie Garlick, Institute Library; Lucy McClure, Artist and Educator; and Sarah Fritchey, Artspace. For questions, or to call on our help for all things Nasty, reach us at nastywomen@institutelibrary.org.

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CLEANUP DAY! Sun. March 4th Come clean up with us! 11am on,  parking meters are free… 845 Chapel Street – We thank you!
DEADLINE Tues. March 7th Apply online by midnight.
INSTALL Wed. March 8th (International Women’s Day) from 8am-8pm All artists must HANG their own work. Space is first come first serve, bring you own hanging mechanisms and  tools, some support will be provided, it is a group effort! @The Institute Library (first floor) 845 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.
RECEPTION Thurs. March 9th from 6-8pm Free and open to the public!
AFTERPARTY (21+) Thurs. March 9th from 8:30-10pm @BAR (21+)
HOURS volunteer to sit 1st floor hours: Fri. 3-6pm, Sat. 11-2pm, Sun. 12-3pm (or buzz the Institute Library from M-F 10-6pm)
NIGHT OF PERFORMANCE Fri. March 24th Details TBA
FINDING HER WAY Sun. April 2nd from 1-2:30pm Rena Tobey presents this interactive talk @The Institute Library inviting participants to discover and closely examine works by several artists, who collectively paint the picture of changing women’s roles from the mid-1800s to World War II.
CLOSING CONVENING Sat. April 8th from 2-4pm @The Institute Library
PICKUP Sat. April 8th from 12-4pm @The Institute Library


While the exhibition will primarily focus on the display of visual and performing work, the organizers are also collecting scholarship and creative writing by poets, activists, academics, essayists, journalists, musicians, social workers, lawyers, law enforcement officers, sociologists, psychologists, health care providers, service workers, architects and other individuals working in non-art sectors who are contemplating the challenges women might face under the current administration.

The exhibition will name these challenges, so that their threat is not naturalized today or in the future.  These challenges include threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights; namely, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which provides birth control and prenatal care at no additional cost, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, which provides free cancer screenings and family-planning services, and the nomination of anti-choice justices to the Supreme Court.  The exhibition realizes that these threats impact women nationwide, most severely women from low-income families.

As we stand together in this exhibition, amid our cultural contributions, we hope to recognize the collective muscle of our intellect, humor, and craft.  Working in values-based solidarity, we form our own wall, and face the threats of an administration that seeks to rule through bullying, shaming, bending words and casting fear on those without power. We are nasty, loud, peaceful, tolerant, caring, and unafraid and we demand to be recognized and respected as such.

This exhibition is volunteer run and financed, and will take place in the storefront first floor gallery space of the Institute Library at 845 Chapel Street from March 9 – April 8, 2017.  The exhibition will be installed throughout the day on International Women’s Day, Wednesday, March 8 from 8am-8pm, and celebrated with a public opening reception on Thursday, March 9 from 6-8pm.  The exhibition will close with a Nasty Women Convening on Saturday, April 8 from 12-4pm, with a series of presentations and readings of the literary submissions we receive.


To confirm your interest in participating, please fill out this online submission form.  There is no fee to apply and the show is unjuried.  The open call is open to anyone who wants to participate, regardless of gender, sex, race, age, class, creed, and/or party affiliation.  This includes individuals who identify as male, trans and gender fluid.


Artwork Installation: Please make sure you or a friend are available to transport, carry in, and install your work on International Women’s Day, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, between the hours of 8am-8pm.  (This is the day before the exhibition’s opening reception).  All artists are responsible for hanging their own work in the show and must arrive with a method of installing their piece, as well as helpers to install the piece if need be.  We will have a basic tool set on hand (one hammer, one level, one step ladder) and a limited number of pedestals, which artists may borrow/use on a first come first serve basis.

Pedestals: Individuals bringing 3D works should bring a pedestal for their work to sit on.  (We have only a limited number of pedestals).

A/V: Video and light artists should bring the A/V equipment they need to show their work (this includes all media players, screens, cords, remotes, gaffers tape and instructions for turning on the work), as well as a pedestal or wall mount.

Deinstallation: Artists must deinstall and take their work home on the closing day of the exhibition, Saturday, April 8 between the hours of 4-8pm.  This overlaps with the date and time of the Nasty Women Literary Convening, which will take place from 12-4pm.  We invite artists to attend all or a  portion of the Convening, and then leave with their work.


-Is this exhibition for New Haven based artists only?
-What happens if I can’t make the installation or drop off date?
-How will the space be divided? Will each artist be assigned a certain space?
-What if I want to make a site responsive work or installation?
-How will visitors know the work is mine?
-Can I make my artwork available for sale?
-Who is paying for all of this?
-What happens if we raise more than the total cost of the show?
-Can I donate my time and skill set instead of money?
-Who is in charge of all of this?

Is this exhibition for New Haven based artists only?

No.  This exhibition is part of an international movement.  So even though it is being organized by individuals based in New Haven, artists living outside of New Haven and the New England Region can participate.  The only requirement is that the artwork in the show be physically dropped off, installed, and picked up at the end of the show.

What happens if I can’t make the installation or drop off date?

If you cannot make this date or the install date, that is okay!  You can arrange for a family member or friend to install or pick up your work for you.  Just let us know on your online submission form, or when you meet us at check in.  If you do not make arrangements for your artwork to be picked up after the show closes, it will be donated to charity.

How will the space be divided? Will each artist be assigned a certain space?

The exhibition space is available on a first come first serve basis.  Each artist may drop off one work that measures up to 6 feet in any one direction.  We will accept and add work to the show until the space is completely full (we will hang salon-style if necessary).  The gallery is approximately 3,000 square feet, so there is ample room for a large number of works.  We ask that artists be respectful of each another’s work and strive for a collaborative and convivial spirit to guide the installation process.

What if I want to make a site responsive work or installation?

Please let us know as much as you can about the idea for your contribution in our online form.  We are happy to consider these proposals.

How will visitors know the work is mine?

The organizers will make a numbered checklist of all the works in the show.  This checklist will include the name of each artist, as well as the title, date, dimensions and medium of each work.

Can I make my artwork available for sale?

The exhibition is not sales-focused, but if an individual inquires about the price of an artwork, The Organizers will put the potential buyer in contact with the artist.  The artist can negotiate the terms of the sale and shipment independently of the show.

Who is paying for all of this?

The exhibition is volunteer run and funded, so we hope that contributing artists and supporters of the Nasty Women exhibition and movement will make a donation to help cover the overhead costs.  The exhibition expenses include: Space Rental ($600), the production of 1,000 show cards ($112), the production of 10 17×11 inch color posters ($30), the b/w double sided printing of Artwork Intake Forms, the exhibition Press Release, and Checklist ($150), and storefront signage ($100).  Every penny counts, and we are accepting donations through our website and online submission form in any amount.

What happens if we raise more than the total cost of the show?

If we raise more than the total cost of the show, we will donate 100% of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.  We will update participants via email on the amount of money that we have raised throughout the planning phases of the show and during its run.

Can I donate my time and skill set instead of money?

Absolutely!  This show is a celebration of our collaborative power.  For individuals who are interesting in donating their valuable time and experience, we have the following Volunteer needs: confident individuals who have experience installing shows, friendly individuals who can help us prep and staff the opening reception and closing receptions, detail-oriented individuals who can help us with Artist Drop Off and Sign Out, and social media gurus who can help us get the word out.

Who is in charge of all of this?

Nasty Women New Haven is volunteer run and financed group exhibition.  The lead organizers are Lucy McClure, Artist and Educator, Valerie Garlick, Artist and Executive Director of the Institute Library, and Sarah Fritchey, Curator at Artspace.  The idea for the exhibition grew out of a fundraising initiative conceived by Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore, who organized the first Nasty Women exhibition at the Knockdown Center in Queens from January 12-15, 2017.  100% of the artwork sales will go to Planned Parenthood.  Given the massive response to their open call, Jackson and Fiore invited Nasty Women Artists and Art Organizers outside of Queens to organize an expanded network of exhibitions. You can view the other nasty venues here.