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Badass Art Woman Awards and Auction

November 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


We are thrilled to announce the third annual Badass Art Woman Awards presented by Project for Empty Space on November 6th, 2019 from 7 – 10pm! This year we are ecstatic to be honoring Carmen Hermo Associate Curator, Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Dr. Salamishah Tillet Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing; Founding Director of the New Arts Social Justice Initiative at Express Newark; Associate Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, and internationally renowned visual artist and organizer Marilyn Minter


Our honorees are three phenomenal women who exemplify an exceptional commitment to activism, community and furthering equity and visibility in creative spaces. These three women have an impact that far surpasses their own immediate reach; the work that they have done and continue to do sets a precedent for how artistic communities should be nurtured.


This year’s Badass Art Woman Awards program is inspired by Marilyn Minter’s Wangechi Gold 5 and will include a vibrant cocktail bar, and some very special performances and happenings. The evening is also be accompanied by a VIP pre-party and our annual visual art auction, which supports our residency programs at Project for Empty Space, guests will have the opportunity to take home original works of art donated by PES artists.


About BAWA

The Badass Art Woman Award (BAWA) emerged organically one day, several years ago, while chatting with several other cultural practitioners in our circle at an event. We noticed a general homogeneity in the types of people who are recognized in large institutional spaces. It was very apparent that many of the women cultural workers in our industry; particularly those who cross over multiple roles beyond artist (ie curators, gallerists, academics, writers, etc.), are often overlooked. Of course, there are occasions when women in the art world transcend into the mainstream realm; however, those instances are far too few. We wanted to create an award that brought in a true sense of celebration and joy- a ‘badass’ celebration! Thus, BAWA was born. A celebration of women who do phenomenal work within the Contemporary Art world.


November 6, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Project For Empty Space
(973) 818-2452


Gateway Center Plaza 4
100 Mulberry St
Newark, NJ 07102 United States
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For any questions about the arts calendar, please email sindy@newarkarts.org