Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Month 33: The Third Annual Nasty Woman Art Exhibition


Jacki messaged me yesterday and said, “IT’S IMPEACHMENT DAY!!!” My response was a nervous “fingers-crossed” emoji. It’s Month 33 and maybe impeachment will happen, maybe DJT will be removed from office and/or maybe our elected officials will just create more chaos. We believe that beginning the impeachment process is absolutely the right path to take; America must stop lowering the bar of acceptable behavior so low that it disappears. We also know that no matter what happens our world will again be turned upside down by this presidency. Yet again, it’s time to buckle up for what is sure to be a wild and completely unpredictable ride.

Duringhe final presidential debate of 2016 (when we all still laughed at the idea of Trump as President), Hillary Clinton discussed her plans to improve social security by increasing taxes on the wealthy. She asserted that hers as well as her opponent’s taxes would go up, "assuming he can't figure out how to get out of it.” Trump lashed back with the comment “such a nasty woman.” This prompted an immediate outburst on social media platforms. The hashtag #NastyWoman immediately began trending around the world, with women embracing their own “nastiness” in the example of Hillary Clinton.

Shortly after, the Nasty Woman Art Exhibition was born in Brooklyn, NY. According to their website, Nasty Women is a global art movement that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. With over forty fundraising art exhibitions taking place around the United States and abroad, Nasty Women Exhibitions also serve to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization and resistance.


In 2017, Together We Will Northern Arizona presented the inaugural Northern Arizona Nasty Woman Art Exhibition, joining sister cities around the world including Phoenix, Dallas, Orlando, Portland, Amsterdam, Cambridge, and many more. In the first two years of the art show, funds were raised for Victim Witness of Northern Arizona and Planned Parenthood.

On October 4-6, 2019 the nasty tradition continues!

How can you help or get involved?

Participate as an artist! All submissions will be accepted, as long as they meet guidelines. Channel your inner Nasty Woman and share your art with our community. Submission information can be found here. (Deadline to submit is 9/29/19).

Donate your time, your booze, or some snacks! They still need many volunteers and donations to put this event on! Head over to this sign-up genius to contribute your time and goods!

Attend the art show! Buy some one-of-a-kind art, hear provocative and entertaining live performances, and spend some time with like-minded people, as we gear up for what may be the most intense year of our resistance lives.


For more nuts and bolts information, please see the press release below.

  • What: Northern Arizona NASTY Women Art Exhibition 2019
  • When: October 4-6, 2019
  • Where: Spatique (formerly Tirzah Salon), 405 W. Birch, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Cost for public showing: FREE entry, with suggested $5 donation.
  • Tickets for opening and closing receptions: $20 at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2393720487331917/
  • Sponsor: Together We Will, Northern Arizona (TWWNAZ)

Flagstaff, AZ-The Third Annual Northern Arizona Nasty Women Art Exhibition (NAZNWAE) will be held October 4-6, 2019 at Spatique (formerly Tirzah Salon), 405 W. Birch, Flagstaff, AZ.

The NAZNWAE is an exhibition of original multimedia art (paintings, photos, drawings, collage, textiles, ceramics and sculpture) with performances by local poets, musicians, dancers and others to entertain and make you think. We will also have short movies highlighting the issues our non-profit benefactors focus on, i.e., missing and murdered indigenous women and detained migrant children. All art and performance pieces are created by artists who identify as or with “Nasty Women,” a phrase used by Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election to refer to Hillary Clinton and has evolved into a feminist movement by the same name.

This year, we partner with Emerge Arizona, the state’s premier organization that recruits, trains and provides a powerful network to Democratic women who want to run for office; RAICES, an organization that provides support to those seeking asylum in the United States; and Missing and Murdered Dine Relatives to raise money to fund their vital work.

“The past two years have seen us raise over $10,000 for local non-profits. This year, we hope to double this with the help of the Flagstaff community. This year’s beneficiaries were chosen due to the important role they are playing in the current political environment,” said Lori Poloni-Staudinger, TWWNAZ President.

NAZNWAE will be the third Flagstaff installment of the worldwide Nasty Women Art Exhibition, uniting artists from Northern Arizona and every part of the globe in rolling group exhibitions to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify as or with "Nasty Women" in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrant rights. We view art as one method of resistance to such a roll back.

“It has been an exhausting and frustrating few years since the 2016 elections,” Cristy Zeller, Vice President of TWWNAZ said. “We have experienced some lows that I don’t think any of us could have anticipated. However, we have also seen women, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals rise up in ways that have been incredibly brave and inspiring. The 2019 NAZNWAE is the perfect time for us to come together, celebrate our accomplishments and prepare for 2020. It is a time to dig deep and find the Nasty Woman inside each of us!”

Weekend Details Include:

October 4:
3-5 pm: Champagne reception with private art opening and silent auction of select pieces of art. $20 includes entrance, a glass of champagne and munchies.
5-10 pm: Public art exhibition and performances.

October 5:
12-10 pm: Public art exhibition and performances.

October 6:
10am-2 pm: Public art exhibition and performances.
2-4 pm: Champagne reception closing exhibition. $20 includes entrance, glass of champagne and munchies.

Together We Will, Northern Arizona is an activist organization that supports justice and equality and works to advance these goals through activism, fundraising, dialogue and community building.

For further information, please contact the NASTY crew at: https://www.naznastywomenexhibition.org

Video of 2017 NAZNWAE: http://4flagtv.com/episode/nasty-women-art-show-asks-flagstaff-what-it-means-to-be-nasty

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We hope to see you there!