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Parent Artists Share the Challenges and Opportunities Around COVID-Parenting in "Holding it Together" Exhibition

Parent Artists Share the Challenges and Opportunities Around COVID-Parenting  in "Holding it Together" Exhibition

Pictured: Vanessa Woods, Each One of Us Was Fastened to the Other, 49 Panel unique collage from original photographs, 44 x 44 Inches, 2020


The Palo Alto Art Center presents Holding it Together, an exhibition that playfully examines the state of parenting during a pandemic, in which work and life bleed into each other, and projects remain incomplete. The exhibition, which runs from November 3-December 12, offers a glimpse into making art while sheltering in place with family, celebrating the chaotic, the unmade, the messy, and the half-finished.

ā€œSo many community members are charged with the seemingly impossible challenge of managing family and professional life during this already-difficult pandemic. The Art Center is delighted to be able to explore this issue through the work of ten compelling Bay Area artists. We hope that the entire community can participate in the important dialogue around this exhibition, sharing how they are successfully or unsuccessfully holding it together during COVID.ā€ Said Karen Kienzle, Art Center Director.

Artists in the Holding it Together exhibition were all part of a 2018 residency program for parent artists with artist Jill Miller launched in conjunction with the fall 2018 exhibition The Art of Parenthood.

Participating artists include: Alexandra Bailliere, Karen Leslie Ficke, Benicia Gantner, Amy Hibbs, Jenny Hynes, Jill Miller, Robin Mullery, Ashley Lauren Saks, Trevor Tubelle, and Vanessa Woods.

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Last Updated: October 13, 2020