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.
College seniors, recent graduates, graduate students and young professionals are encouraged to apply and gain a substantive understanding of arts administration and will contribute to Girls’ Club exhibitions and public programs.
Fellows will benefit from hands-on practical experience that is nearly impossible to acquire through traditional classroom studies. A thorough introduction to the inner workings of a private collection and active art center at all levels will be available. Fellows are employed 15 hours a week for a 5-month period and will receive a total stipend of $3000.
More details and submission materials at www.girlsclubcollection.org/fellowship.
Girls’ Club 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/Video Prodyction, Photo Documentation and Education Programming. Writing samples and example of work may be required.
Interested applicants send an introductory email explaining your interest in the program and availability. Including your contact information and resume/CV to email@example.com. Please use the subject “Girls’ Club Internship Program”.
Receptions, artist talks, film screenings, professional development workshops, lectures and presentations invite the public behind the scenes of the creative process to understand the inspirations, issues and forces shaping artists today.
Artists in Action!
Four presentations at Girls’ Club by prominent local artists offer a glimpse into their unique methods of artmaking, sharing their inspirations, career paths and ah hah! moments with the public. In addition, an affordable, limited edition artist multiple is designed/produced by the artist and released for sale at each event.
Throughout the year, prominent national and internationally recognized artists are invited to lead public artist talks at Girls’ Club. Invited artists interact with the local community by way of artist workshops, demonstrations, studio visits and/or critiques and engage in outreach activities with under served and at-risk women and teen groups in collaboration with community partners.
Brown Bag Lunch Talks
Informal lunch talks, presentations, discussions and workshops that focus on topical issues facing local artists, including grant and exhibition opportunities, professional skill building, and networking development.
A social media campaign sharing Girls’ Club exhibitions, one work at a time. Connecting with users on Twitter and Instagram, #WorkaWeek enables an intentional dialogue in the intimate setting of users hand held devices to spread rapidly.
Professional Development Workshops for Artists
Girls’ Club presents a varied program of artists leading artists workshops that promote the creative growth, skill building and interpersonal connections. Intensive one- and two-day workshops concentrate in the summer season.
Since 2010, Girls’ Club has organized Art Fallout in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month by uniting the contemporary art spaces in downtown Fort Lauderdale for an explosive evening of interactive exhibitions, special presentations, open artists studios and temporary public art. More information is available at artfallout.blogspot.com.
Artist + Curator Brunch
In addition to extended morning and weekend hours during Art Basel Miami Beach week, Girls’ Club hosts a casual brunch event with VIPs, out of town guests and the local community. A shuttle bus is available to transport visitors to and from the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.
Last Saturday Artwalks
Beginning January 2015, Girls’ Club takes part the growing monthly Artwalk in Fort Lauderdale’s FATVillage and Flagler Village areas on last Saturdays from 6-10pm. Multi-disciplinary presentations, guest exhibits and special events are presented alongside the current exhibit.
For a listing of upcoming events, visit www.girlsclubcollection.org/events.