Announcing W&TW’s NWBA Series Artists!

NWBAnolettersThe wait is over! We’ve selected the five artists that will comprise our New Work Bold Artists Series.

A little about the NWBA Series: Starting in 2010, Women & Their Work gallery will hold five solo exhibitions a year. For this new solo series, we asked art professionals across the state to nominate groundbreaking Texas artists. Each artist will receive a stipend for their exhibition, along with the opportunity to work with a specially selected curatorial advisor and a four-color brochure designed for the exhibition. A panel composed of previously exhibited W&TW artists and W&TW staff completed the final selection process and the results are in!

Congratulations Leah DeVun, Kathryn Kelley , Karen Mahaffy, Kia Neill and Virginia Yount!

After the jump, take a sneak peek at artwork from our NWBA artists!

Kathryn Kelley


Kathryn Kelley works predominantly with urban refuse such as found mattresses and tire tubes sewn together with bailing wire and thread to create large-scale installations. She is the recent recepient of the Houston Arts Alliance Emerging Artist Fellowship.

Leah DeVun


Leah DeVun explores the interaction of gender, identity and pop culture through her photographs and drawings. This photograph is from a portrait series investigating the culture surrounding Hanna Montana fandom. DeVun was recently awarded the Helen Orman Scholarship from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell School.

Karen Mahaffy

11_shanghaiKaren Mahaffy’s video work uses collage and animation to question the meaning of place, the familiar and unfamiliar. Above is a still from her piece Hotel (Shanghai), 2004-2008. She has received a Fulbright Scholars Grant Lecture/Research Fulbright to work and lecture in Estonia in 2009.

Kia Neill

neill_02_caveKia Neill’s sculpture, installation and drawing addresses the natural world and mass-made artifice, often through large-sale installation. Cave, 2008, shown above, was a structure containing low-ceiling passageways and crystalline lights, constructed at DiverseWorks as part of her Real Art World Residency.

Virginia Yount


Virginia Yount’s paintings and sculptures deal with slightly sinister environments in flux —fictionalized landscapes that reflect human-made structures lost and abandoned to time in abstracted natural settings. She received a Carol Chiles Ballard Presidential Fellowship from the University of Texas in 2007.

We’re so excited! Be sure to keep checking Sister Space for a full NWBA schedule.


About Women and Their Work Gallery

Known for its pioneering spirit, embrace of artistic innovation, and commitment to Texas audiences and artists, Women & Their Work Art Space is a one of a kind statewide non-profit organization. Voted “Best Gallery” numerous times in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Women & Their Work Gallery showcases exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the year and presents performances, readings, film screenings and educational outreach programs.
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