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After receiving a record number of entries, Texas Vignette has selected 47 women artists from 23 cities across the state to be featured in the fifth-annual Vignette Art Fair happening Nov. 3-4, 2023, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Dallas Market Hall (2200 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207). Free and open to the public, the two-day juried event exclusively features works by Texas women artists in an effort to promote, support and connect exceptional yet under-represented regional talent.

Vignette Art Fair curator Emily Edwards reported that after announcing the call for entries in July, 216 women applied representing Texas’ deep-rooted cultural terrain – from Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, to Austin, Abilene, Nacogdoches and more.

“We are thrilled by the overwhelming response to the call for applications this year, with more women artists than ever applying to be part of the Vignette Art Fair,” said Edwards. “I’m humbled by the diversity and quality of talent, which encourages us at Texas Vignette to continue our mission of raising the profile of exceptional women artists, a group needing representation more than ever in the state's current climate.”

From rising to renowned artists, the fair will feature 89 pieces of art of all mediums and disciplines including performance pieces. The 2023 juried artists are Leticia AlanizLesley Anderson, Jessica Baldivieso, Jacqueline Blanco, Victoria Brill, Laura Briseno, Brianna Burnett, Melanie Clemmons, Eden Collins, D’Lynda Crossett, Claire Cusack, Aubree Dale, Laura Davidson, Ariel Davis, Sarah DePetris, Emilie Duval, Erica Felicella, Jennifer Gassiraro, Danielle Georgiou, Melisa Gerecci, Marciella Giovino, Danié Gómez Ortigoza, Michelle Cortez Gonzales, Maria Haag, Candace Hicks, Jessica Hilvitz, Sara Lee Hughes, Felicia Jordan, Julie Libersat, Claudia Maysen, Tina Medina, Cher Musico, Natalia Padilla, Alexis Phillips, Anna Redman, Joy Reyes, Cat Rigdon, Kathy Robinson-Hays, Brady Sloane Duncan, Shelley Smolen, Sarah Sudhoff, Liz Trosper, Suzanne Truex, Hallee Turner, Lana Waldrep Appl, Holly Lyn Walrath and Donna Zarbin-Byrne.

The Vignette Art Fair is among the only fully submission-based art fairs in the world that solely features the work of women artists where 100% of all sales go directly to the artists.

Founded in 2017 by Jessica Ingle, Texas Vignette works to close the gender disparity gap as female artists are not nearly as represented in museum exhibitions, acquisitions and galleries compared to their male counterparts.

A limited number of tickets will be available for the VIP preview on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7-9 p.m. In addition to a sneak peak of the Fair, the event will feature live performance works, meet-and-greets with the artists and curator, music by DJ Wild in the Streets, open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres. Attendance to this event is by invite or through the purchase of a ticket.

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With a mission to promote, support and connect Texas women in the arts, Texas Vignette highlights talent that has been under-recognized and made ancillary by art institutions and establishments. In service of their mission, Texas Vignette presents an annual juried art fair exclusively featuring works by women artists from Texas in order to elevate exceptional yet under-represented regional talent. Vignette Art Fair is fully submissions-based and works with a different Texas woman juror/curator for each Fair to select the included artists and determine the layout of the show. It is significant to note that the Vignette Art Fair is among the only art fair in the world that solely features the work of women artists and where 100% of all sales go directly to the artists.

Emily Edwards is the Associate Curator at Dallas Contemporary. While there, she has curated solo exhibitions of artists Gabrielle Goliath, Natalie Wadlington, Shilpa Gupta, Ariel Rene Jackson, and Margarita Cabrera and assisted over 30 exhibitions. She is currently working on presentations of artists Bianca Bondi and Chloe Chiasson to open in the fall of 2023. Edwards is the recipient of a 2023 ICI Étant Donneés Contemporary Art Curatorial Fellowship. She has served as a juror for the Hopper Prize and South Arts Prize. Prior to Dallas, she worked on the curatorial team at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Her practice is dedicated to working with historically underrepresented artists whose work reflects both the surrounding communities and contemporary times. She graduated with a BFA with Honors in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Georgetown University.