Bio Constance Vepstas
Being a self-taught photographer and traveling has influenced my artistic images. A basic Bachelor of Arts degree and international biennials and museums has developed my artistic endeavors. James O’Reilly past actor and director of many residential theaters in Chicago directed the Body Politics Theater where Art Move a group of Chicago artists and I exhibited our art works at his theatre productions. In 2016 work was included as in previous exhibitions in the Midwestern Biennial a survey of contemporary art at the Rockford Museum of Art in Illinois. Photographs from Greenland and Iceland were exhibited by the New York Center for Photographic Arts at the Noho Gallery in New York on the photographer’s photo tour. A photograph is included in Best of Photography 2015 a book published by Photographer’s Forum. I Have shown works in shows at fund exhibits for Arc Gallery which with Artemisia Gallery was the first woman’s cooperative in the Midwest, an intense art scene in Chicago. A work was included in “Beyond Rosie the Riveter, Woman and Work” an exhibition at Koehnline Museum of Art in 2016, and their International Woman’s Show in 2017 “Women and Anger” also included one of my images. An image Question was included in Surrealism Salon 10 exhibition at the Baton Rouge Gallery center for Contemporary Art in Baton Rouge Louisiana January 2018. The college of art and design at Louisiana State University in conjunction with Baton Rouge Gallery gave an informal lecture by the curator Ron English about the Surrealism Salon Show. www. constancevepstasdigitalphotography.com has further information about exhibitions.
Rebels and protests are the way change happens. Closed ears must be opened. The artist can be a forceful venue for change. The image Vote expresses the struggles women have gone through until 1920 when the rite to voting was granted. The many years spent protesting must be recognized as a success for Woman’s right to vote. Rosa Parks was the strongest woman in the world at that time because she held the world on her shoulders. Of course, she was arrested for not giving up her seat on the bus she was arrested and a mug shot (7053) was taken. The image Vote is reminiscent of a mug shot that celebrates convict number 1920 the year when women were given the right to vote. Suffragettes were arrested and called terrorists for breaking windows and starting fires for disturbing the peace. They did not stop till amendment 19 was ratified.
The Image Protest (Do Cross Line) Questions what has happened. Without the questions, without the silent rage, the change would not have happened. Yet part of our heritage, Madame
American image represents our freedom of speech and liberty of our lives and our pursuit of happiness.