(BPRW) Backgrounder: The #SisterlyLove Project
The City of Sisterly Love Presents Public Art by Philly Women, Honoring Philly Women — during Women’s History Month
(Black PR Wire) Philadelphia, PA — Timed for Women’s History Month (March 1 to 31, 2020), Philadelphia, the City of Sisterly Love, welcomes the #SisterlyLove Project, featuring new, original street art that celebrates history-making Philadelphia women at outdoor locations throughout the city.
Here’s a look at the 10 Philadelphia artists, their 20 subjects and the locations where the works appear. The exhibit is curated by Ginger Rudolph and streetdept.com, presented by Live Nation Philadelphia and supported by VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.
1. Artist: Marian Bailey is a self-taught visual artist who specializes in acrylic and digital portraiture. Marian currently creates a variety of bold, colorful illustrations, primarily focusing on highlighting the beauty of Blackness and hyper-focusing on dark-skinned women. Her goal is to offset anti-Black narratives permeating society.
2. Artist: Manuela Guillén is a freelance painter, muralist and digital illustrator who lives and teaches Spanish art in North Philadelphia. Born in Miami to Cuban and Salvadorian immigrant parents, Manuela is inspired by plants, tropical colors and her cultural upbringing. Her work aims to bring awareness to art education and sociopolitical and environmental issues.
3. Artist: Hope Hummingbird is a ceramicist and street artist. In late 2016, in an effort to spread hope, she started hanging blue-and-white porcelain hummingbirds throughout the city. Hope now displays portraits of women who have shown strength and resilience in their lifetime. Her goal is to both honor these women and to illustrate their relevance and power in order to inspire action today.
4. Artist: Nicole Krecicki/Taped Off TV is a stencil artist and co-owner of the South Street Art Mart, a retail consignment store featuring work from more than 100 local, independent artists and makers. Formerly known as Rainbow Alternative, Nicole has spent the last decade-plus mixing politics with pop culture and pushing her big, queer, feminist agenda.
5. Artist: Nilé Livingston is an award-winning visual artist and graphic designer whose repertoire spans more than 20 murals in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited in the African American Museum of Philadelphia and recognized by both Rad Girls, an organization that celebrates women’s accomplishments, and The Colored Girls Museum, the only U.S. institution dedicated exclusively to the history of Black girls in America.
6. Artist: Nicole Nikolich/Lace In The Moon is a queer, self-taught crochet street artist and installation artist. The yarnbomber’s work highlights equality for women, mental health awareness, LGBTQ rights and pop culture. She was nominated for the Rad Girl 2019 Artist of the Year Award, has created an installation for the Philadelphia International Airport and has participated in National Yarn Bombing Day in Trivento, Italy.
7. Artist: Monica O is an independent web designer, illustrator and wood burner fueled by Italian hoagies in South Philly. A graduate of Tyler School of Art with a BFA in Graphic & Interactive Design, Monica has worked on web, print and event design for a client list that includes Coca Cola, Klarna and Virgin Group.
8. Artist: Old Broads is a street art initiative that utilizes humorous depictions of elderly women to challenge the marginalization and stereotypes about aging women. Founded in 2014 as a series of stickers, Old Broads has expanded to wheat pastes, murals and paintings.
9. Artist: Symone Salib is a Cuban-Egyptian portrait painter and street artist who uses acrylic paint and illustration to highlight the lives of people, with an emphasis on people of color and a goal of vibrantly sharing stories that connect and resonate with people of different backgrounds. Symone strives to create a space where people are not only seen but also heard
10. Artist: Marisa Velázquez-Rivas was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Venezuela and weathered in the U.S., where she’s recently found comfort and safety in illustrating and wheat pasting street art messages about social and political issues. By day, she works as a design director at Universal Music Group, where her clients include Eminem, Ice Cube, Blink 182 and Lady Gaga.
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