In Ann Weiner’s creations, personal experiences become shared battles, stories are told in a way words cannot match and generations of women see a part of themselves in the fine details. Weiner said she was inspired by the influence that Judy Chicago’s famous exhibition, “The Dinner Party,” had on the writings of feminist author Sue Monk Kidd. “That connection of one artist to the next, honoring women who may not have gotten into the spotlight … triggered me to want to do that for living women who suffered abuse because of their gender and went on to do significant work,” Weiner added.
Honor violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking all play roles in Weiner’s exhibition. The installation also goes into concise detail about the experiences of famous women such as Laverne Cox, American actress and trans rights activist; Maria de Penha, Brazilian domestic violence survivor and advocate; Grace Akallo, a Ugandan escapee of the Lord’s Resistance Army; and Malala Yousafzai, an equal education champion from Pakistan. In her artwork, Weiner attentively adds attributes significant to each woman’s story — toy dolls for Cox, a wedding dress for de Penha, a rifle for Akallo and a red flag for Yousafzai.
The exhibition was held at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts’ Cohen Gallery at Brown University.
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Ann Weiner and her late husband Sid sponsored the Bill Sessions Woodworking Center, which has been up and running with woodworking and sculpture classes for more than a year. She also served on the board of directors and authored a book on Silvermine’s long history for its 90th anniversary. Why has she devoted herself to the arts? “It’s this understanding and personal experience of how vitally important art is to our survival and to our quality of life that has made me and my late husband so motivated to support the arts in every way possible,” she said.
Weiner joined Emmy-winning artist David Dunlop, who won a living art award and was a longtime faculty member at the Silvermine School of Art. Alberta Cifolelli, also of Westport, and Bonnie Woit of New York City each received a Guild of Artist Award. Woit founded and served as the first director of the Silvermine’s Institute for Visual Artists, and Cifolelli directed the IVA throughout the 1990s.
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A Celebration Honoring
Emmy award-winning writer, artist, educator;
Philanthropist and conceptual artist;
and Lifetime Guild members
Alberta Cifolelli and Bonnie Ford Woit.
This year’s annual Living Art Awards Benefit will celebrate preeminent thought leaders in Art Education who have reached thousands through their teaching, philanthropy, and lectures. In these lifelong educational endeavors, we see artists who truly exemplify a dedication to “Living Art”.
The Midwest Museum is pleased to present an innovative exhibition by Westport, Connecticut, artist Ann Weiner to open on Friday, JUNE 2 and continue through Sunday, JULY 9 .Exciting new technology has enabled the artist, who works in mixed media, to create a compelling body of work called “Transient Images”. With this work the artist breaks through traditional two dimensional expression onto an exciting and elusive viewing plane. Constantly shifting with the viewer’s angle of vision, her disparate images converge, separate and then reappear, expressing the cariable nature of time and experience.The artist maintains full control of the creative and technical processing of her work. Most of the subject matter in her portfolio begins with the artist’s digital photographs. These photographs are the interlaced and placed behind a light deflecting (lenticular plastic) lens. The lens allows several subject layers to be viewed at the time, or, depending on the viewer’s movements, to be seen independently of each other. Unlike holograms, no special lighting is required. The images can be viewed in any conventional space and are equally effective from different viewing distances.Weiner did her undergraduate and graduate studies at Queens College and subsequently pursued careers both as an art teacher and as the art director of a noted apparel company. In 1997, she left her teaching and commercial design career to reenter the studio and begin her career as an exhibiting artist. The fascinating work of Ann Weiner is now being exhibited all over the country with one-person shows most recently at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
The haunting and strange juxtaposition of images of the past and present take on a surreal narrative as if a magician’s scrapbook has come to life. The old cliche that, “the eyes of the portrait seem to follow me around the room”, seems to eerily apply in the work of Ann Weiner.