Presented by Victoria Marie Bee, SHRILL is an art exhibition featuring work by Katelyn McPherson, Katie Rivera, & Stephanie Berrie; a poetry reading by Jessica Smith, Kyle J. Bassett, Katrina Prow, Chen Chen, Curtis Bauer, Victoria McReynolds, & Chris Taylor; a fundraiser sponsored by J&B Coffee, La Sirena, Flippers Tavern, Continental Hairlines, Dirk Fowler, Jonathan Whitfill, Katie Rivera Photography, & V.M.BEE; &, will include the sale of shirts, prints, buttons, & copies of the book I want a president: Transcript of a Rally. All proceeds from this project will go to support both local & national organizations defending women & the rights of all, donated equally among Voice of Hope's Rape Crisis Center of Lubbock & Women's Protective Services of Lubbock.
On February 3, 2017, during First Friday Art Trail, thousands of people came to experience the powerful art & words, all the t-shirts/tanks & buttons were sold, all the silent auction items went for much more than was expected, & we raised lots of money for good causes, empowered many to further actions, & inspired beyond words.
I want to remind everyone that no matter who you are, you are welcome to Studio 4 during every FFAT in 2017, & lots of events will follow this one (which was the first real trail event here so far).
SHRILL celebrates solidarity among those who identify as women & anyone in our community who supports basic human rights. These works respond to threats toward individual rights & seek to make our voices heard, through love and respect for all.
In CASP live/work studio #4, Victoria Marie Bee’s curated exhibition “Shrill” follows the widely attended open-call exhibition “Nasty Women” asserting contemporary feminism in the inescapable context of the Trump presidency.
Presenting the visual works of Katelyn McPherson, Katie Rivera, and Stephanie Berrie, and poetry readings by Curtis Bauer, Kyle Bassett, Chen Chen, Katrina Prow, and Jessica Smith, with Curtis Bauer, Chris Taylor, and Victoria McReynolds reading from I want a president, the exhibition’s opening raised funds for Lubbock-based charities supporting women and Planned Parenthood.
By virtue of Bee’s far less democratic (small d, wink wink) curation, the exhibition works better as a presentation of artworks than its thematic predecessor. Each work stands on its own and recognizably addresses the theme, riffing on the dog whistle delegitimation of women with the label “shrill”.