Occupying a space in between the traditional realms of museum, private gallery, and community art center, Girls’ Club is uniquely disposed to educate the public about new trends in art-making as they arise.
Thematic, curated exhibitions feature works from the Good/Horvitz collection, works loaned from other collections, and works from local, national and international contemporary artists. The exhibitions at Girls’ Club are open for a full year, free and open to the public, accessible to a wide audience. Informal guided tours and discussions are always available. We welcome museum and university groups by appointment.
The works of contemporary art collected by Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz encompass cutting edge visions from artists working in painting, drawing, photography and video from the 1960s to the present. Good’s sensibility as a photographer and multimedia artist is reflected in the Girls’ Club collection, which features works by seminal photographers Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Gregory Crewdson and Lorna Simpson, as well as up-and-coming photographers Katy Grannan, Nikki S. Lee, and Loretta Lux. Important works in painting and sculpture are represented by Ingrid Calame, Petah Coyne, Tara Donovan, Inka Essenhigh, Ellen Gallagher, Elizabeth Murray, Wangechi Mutu, Cornelia Parker, Amy Sillman and Kiki Smith. Girls’ Club nurtures the careers of South Florida artists such as Carol Brown, Teresita Fernandez, Naomi Fisher, Pepe Mar, Beatriz Monteavaro, and Frances Trombly.
Beyond our exhibition program, Girls’ Club offers specialized workshops for women and girls in Broward County. Collaborating with partners Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, Women in Distress of Broward County, PACE Center for Girls and Young at Art Museum, and MOCA North Miami’s Women on the Rise program, Girls’ Club offers multimedia and digital imaging workshops that build self-esteem while developing creative skill sets using art and technology for women and girls navigating transitions in their lives.
Affordable technical and professional development workshops are offered to artists at Girls’ Club. Using the model of artists teaching artists, workshops have covered pinhole photography, solarplate etching, website design, and 16mm film.
Girls’ Club’s welcomes college juniors and seniors, recent graduates, graduate students and young professionals to apply for our growing internship program. The program provides an introduction to the inner workings of managing a non-profit space and training in arts administration, collection management, public relations, marketing and education development. We encourage applicants from a wide range of disciplines, a background in art, art administration and art history preferred. Program participants receive on-one-on training, often heading special projects and working directly with artists and local arts professionals. Internships are available each semester and can be designed to fit each participant’s schedule. Department-specific internships are available in Graphic Design, Web Development/Social Media, Videography/Photography documentation and Education Programming. Writing samples and example of work may be required.
Interested applicants are encouraged to send an introductory email explaining your interest in the program, including your contact information and resume/CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject “Girls’ Club Internship Program”
Receptions, artist talks, film screenings and presentations invite the public behind the scenes of the creative process to understand the inspirations and forces shaping artists today. Below are reoccurring programs presented by Girls’ Club. For a listing of upcoming events, visit www.girlsclubcollection.org/events.
Artists in Action!
Launched in 2010, Artists in Action! is a series of artist talks and limited edition multiples commissioned by Girls’ Club. Each year four local artists are invited to present a public talk and design/create an affordably-priced limited edition artwork.
Brown Bag Lunch Talks
Girls’ Club hosts several Brown Bag Lunch Talks through out the year to engage with our audience about news, information and opportunities available for artists, writers, curators and students. For each lunch talk, Girls’ Club invites guest speakers and hosts an informal lecture/discussion on a myriad of subjects related to the arts, focusing on professional development for artists.
Past talks have welcomed Katharine DeShaw to speak of the national initiatives of USA, United States Artists, Adriane Clark and Grace Fowler to speak of Broward County Cultural Division Grants and exhibition opportunities, Jill Slaughter, curator of Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines, Dominique Bread of Cannonball and Susan Caraballo of Art Center South Florida to speak about local residency/exhibition opportunities. Lunch talks are free and open to the public, held at Girls’ Club in downtown Fort Lauderdale, 117 NE 2 Street, Fort Lauderdale, 954-828-9151.