For the DC/MD/VA project I partnered with artist Linn Meyers and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, here is the invitation.


Now Be Here #4, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Dear Fellow Artist,

We’d like to invite you to participate in an event that we are organizing called Now Be Here #4, DC/MD/VA. The idea is simple: a gathering and photograph of female and female-identifying visual artists from the DMV area. The Now Be Here website hosts the photograph, and each artist will be identified. This is the fourth and final iteration of the project which artist Kim Schoenstadt originally organized in Los Angeles at Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel and subsequently brought to the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Perez Art Museum in Miami. The event will take place Wednesday, October 25 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C. The photo will be taken by Kim Johnson.

What sets this gathering apart  from the other iterations of Now Be Here is that after the photograph is taken, NMWA will host a cocktail party and Artist Resource Fair. Participating artists will have time to meet and chat with 17 organizations serving DMV artists in critical ways, including: mentorship, financial support, studio space, arts activism, and other creative opportunities. From Oct. 17-30 there will be programing highlighting women in the arts that will be hosted by organizations across the DMV. We have listed the events below under the title Now Let's Talk, and they are also listed on the Now Be Here website.

RSVPs are required so that we can organize appropriately. A sign-in sheet at the event will document attendance and the photograph of the entire group will be taken. Each participant will receive a link to the final photograph for her archive. Shortly before the event we will email those who have RSVP’d with more specific details for the evening.

Now Be Here #4, DC/MD/VA is an opportunity for us to capture a moment where we, female and female-identifying visual artists from the DMV, stand with each other in all of our unity, power, and diversity!

We want to take a moment to thank our hosts in advance for going above and beyond to make this final U.S. version so very special for the DMV artists! #NMWARocks!

We hope that you and your female/female-identifying visual artist friends will join us for this very special event!

With kind regards,

Linn Meyers & Kim Schoenstadt


Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

National Museum of Women in the Arts 
1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20005


Check-in: 6:30 p.m.


Photograph: 7 p.m.


Cocktail Party & Artist Resource Fair following photograph




RSVP is required: click here to RSVP  

We ask that everyone RSVP as soon as possible for planning purposes. To ensure that there is room for all of the artists, this event is not being posted publicly.

If you notice an artist not yet on the RSVP list, please forward this invitation.


Please note: By participating in this event, you are agreeing to be photographed and allowing the museum to use your name and likeness in photographs, museum publicity materials, and other recordings of this event.

The Facebook group, ‘Now Be Here, Research Archive’ has been created to share research on documenting group photographs of artists at different moments in time. Please join the group and share your favorite group photos of artists and from the event.

Follow along and share your Now Be Here DC/MD/VA experience @WomenInTheArts on Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook.


Artist Resource Fair

After the photograph is taken, artists will enjoy a cocktail party while networking with representatives from nonprofit organizations in the DMV. Participants include: Americans for the Arts; Anacostia Arts Center; Arlington Arts Center; Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County; Art Watch DC; DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities; DC Arts Center; East City Art; Greater Reston Arts Center; Halcyon Arts Lab; Hamiltonian Gallery; Honfleur Gallery; Pyramid Atlantic Art Center; STABLE; The Contemporary—Baltimore; Transformer Gallery; The Studio Visit; Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and Washington Project for the Arts.



Now Let’s Talk Programming

Now Let’s Talk is a dynamic schedule of talks, lectures and discussions that will bring museums and organizations across the region together to highlight female artists and discuss issues related to women in the arts. Admission and reservation requirements for programming varies. Visit each venue’s website for more information.

Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
Tues., Oct. 17, 12 p.m.
Artist Carrie Mae Weems will present a lecture and book signing, held in conjunction with the installation of the “Kitchen Table Series” at the National Gallery of Art and the performance “Grace Notes: Reflections for Now” at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Kara Walker Gallery Talk with Curator Sarah Newman
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Wed., Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m.
Walk through the exhibition Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) and discuss the imagery with Sarah Newman, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art.

Carrie Mae Weems, Grace Notes: Reflections for Now
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater
Fri., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. 
Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and other artists offer a provocative performance of music, song, text, spoken word and video projection that explores the implications of race and violence in communities across America. This program is held in conjunction with the installation of the “Kitchen Table Series” at the National Gallery of Art. 


DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Funding Opportunities for Artists
200 I Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Sat., Oct. 21, 10 a.m.
Join the staff at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, one of D.C.’s largest arts funders, to learn about grant opportunities and tips for successful applications.

Nasty Women: Art Talks
Arlington Arts Center, Organized by the Studio Visit
Sat., Oct. 21, 1 p.m.
A series of invited female artists tell rehearsed short stories shedding light on their specific experiences as women in the art world.

Open Hours: Mothering from the Front Line
Baltimore Museum of Art, Organized by the Family Arts Museum
Sat., Oct. 21, 1–4 p.m.
This Open Hours program discusses the power of family-inclusive activism. Join artist-activist mothers and supporters for a roundtable discussion about creating balance while advocating for the community, getting family involved in current movements and mothering from the front line. 

Nakeya Brown: Stage Names 
Washington Project for the Arts
Sat., Oct. 21, 4 p.m.
In association with her Washington Project for the Arts Bookshelves project, Nakeya Brown will give a talk and lead a photo-session with attendees, examining the visual and literary perspective of the self-identified woman.

The Future of the Arts in Twenty-first Century Cities
Hamiltonian Gallery, Organized by ArtTable in partnership with the New School
Mon., Oct. 23, 6 p.m.
The live-stream event features a visionary panel of women from San Francisco, Detroit and New York who are involved in arts projects having a major impact on our cities. ArtTable in partnership with the New School.

Artist Talk: Heather Theresa Clark
Hamiltonian Gallery
Tues., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Artist Heather Theresa Clark, who approaches her practice as a planner, green developer and ecologist, will talk about her work during this informal conversation and meet-and-greet.

“Present” in Print
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Tues., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
In a combination lecture and demonstration, join Pyramid Atlantic and the Brentwood Arts Exchange for a talk about printmaking and its role in feminism and social justice. After the talk, check out Pyramid's Letterpress Studio for a demonstration, and walk away with a printed poster. Advance registration is required beginning Oct. 1. 

Artist Talk: Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Baltimore Museum of Art, Hosted by Maryland Institute College of Art
Wed., Oct. 25, 6 p.m.
Hear Njideka Akunyili Crosby reflect on her new suite of works on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her layered, mixed-media paintings explore her experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States and navigating cultures. 

Creative Response to Sue Wrbican: Well Past the Echo
Greater Reston Arts Center
Thurs., Oct. 26, 6 p.m.

Join the conversation as creative professionals lead a discussion in response to the work of Sue Wrbican, on view through Nov. 18.

One Life: Sylvia Plath
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri., Oct. 27, 12 p.m.
Curator Dorothy Moss will lead a tour of One Life: Sylvia Plath in celebration of Plath’s birthday.

IDENTIFY: Sandy Huckleberry “KNOW“
National Portrait Gallery, Great Hall
Sat., Oct. 28, 4 p.m.
Sandy Huckleberry's performance, which contemplates current social and political events, incorporates the history of the museum's building, along with the artist's personal experiences as a woman.

COUNT/RECOUNT: Feminist Film and Video 
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Sun., Oct. 29, 11 a.m.
Video and film by feminist artists and filmmakers, from the 1970s to today, selected by Carmen Hermo, assistant curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.


2017 Makers Mart Arts & Craft Fair
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun., Oct. 29, 12–5 p.m., and Mon., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
A wide variety of products, including jewelry, home accents and accessories, will be available at a pop-up artisan market promoting local women artists and designers who create handcrafted art and merchandise.

Amy Sherald
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
Sun., Oct. 29, 2 p.m.
Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald will discuss her career, including being the first woman to win the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition grand prize from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in 2016.

National Museum of Women in the Arts 
1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20005

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Check-in | 6:30 p.m.
Photograph | 7:00 p.m.

Artist Resource Fair to follow

Social Media
Facebook: The group, “Now Be Here, 2016,” has been created to share research on documentation of different groups at moments in time. Please join the group and share your favorite group photos.
Instagram: #nowbehereDMV2017

Kim Schoenstadt, Artist
Linn Meyers, Artist and Curator
Melani Douglass, Alicia Gregory, Amy Mannarino, Stacy Meteer, Team at the National Museum of Women in the Arts