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WOMEN beyond borders

To honor & document women’s voices and visions
To encourage dialogue, collaboration
To inspire creative expression

FOUNDER’S STATEMENT

BUILDING COMMUNITY AS THE ART FORM

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Lorraine Serena
Artist/WBB Founder/Artistic Director

The arts are a universal and essential language, allowing people to look beyond themselves and celebrate their humanity.

Women Beyond Borders embraces the possibility that women are honored for their untold voices and visions, and that women support one another in this quest. This endeavor is more than an exhibition, it has become a catalyst for dialogue and collaboration.

The myriad box creations have roamed the world, traveling from historic museums to a temple in Kathmandu, a 15th century villa in Umbria, a historic train car in Europe, and a hilltop museum in Japan. WBB has been accessible to thousands of viewers through these diverse venues where participating artists have gathered to meet, celebrate, and exchange ideas. Each exhibition was unique as coordinators reinvented the project along the way, inviting anthropologists and art historians to speak and poets to reflect.
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Women’s voices: reflections

50+ Countries
50 Exhibitions Worldwide
900+ Artist Participants
10,000 Student Participants
10 Publications
50+ Workshops / Panels / Presentations

Women Beyond Borders is a cross-cultural exhibition initiated by artist Lorraine Serena and a group of artist friends in 1991, with the goal to encourage dialogue, collaboration, and community among women, and to honor their creativity worldwide.A small wooden box measuring 3 1/2″ x 2″ x 2 1/2″ was selected as a point of departure. Women were invited from all continents to transform the boxes. Boxes have been contributed by accomplished, nationally or internationally known artists, as well as by women with no prior artistic experience, anywhere fromanywhere from Afghanistan to Zambia.In the past twenty-five years, Women Beyond Borders has grown from a grass roots local initiative to a savvy international art project involving over 1000 artists, coordinators and curators from 50 nations and states. The project has been exhibited in over 50 venues around the world, including the National Museum of Kenya, the Wifredo Lam Center-Havana, and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca.Women Beyond Borders is an ongoing project designed to transcend barriers. While the individual boxes are repositories for the personal, political, and economic realities of women internationally, the project itself challenges geographical, political, ethnic, religious, and aesthetic boundaries. In the 21st century, Women Beyond Borders has been adapted to ever new contexts and audiences, such as the international adjunct project Children Beyond Borders, a collaboration with VSA Arts, involving 6,500 children with disabilities from around the world and 50 widows from the genocide in Rwanda.Since its inception, Women Beyond Borders has acted as a catalyst for cultural exchange and change worldwide, thus taking a pivotal position at the intersection of contemporary art and today’s increasingly globalized, multicultural and digitally connected society.

Anette Kubitzaart historian, curator - USA
Since its inception, Women Beyond Borders has acted as a catalyst for cultural exchange and change worldwide, thus taking a pivotal position at the intersection of contemporary art and today's increasingly globalized, multicultural and digitally connected society. 
Martina CorgnatiArt Historian/Critic - Milan
Women Beyond Borders narrates, in a succession of expressions, the most interesting aspects of feminine art produced today in different countries in Europe and beyond.

Thank You



Special appreciation to Jon and Lillian Lovelace for their generous support of Women Beyond Borders from its inception. It is in their honor, that we dedicate the Women Beyond Borders site.

To all those who made Woman Beyond Borders possible, we are forever grateful. Appreciation goes to all the participants including: artists, curators, coordinators, sponsors and directors of institutions, who have spent countless hours organizing unique and compelling exhibitions around the world. This collaborative spirit is at the heart of Women Beyond Borders. Curators and Coordinators

Helping to launch the WBB journey were Nancy Doll, Director Weatherspoon Art Museum UNC, and Marla Berns, Director, Fowler Museum UCLA.

Also deeply appreciated are the early participants:
Isabel Barbuzza, Ciel Bergman, Sky Bergman, Rose Bilot, Judy Dater, Beverly Decker, Mary Heebner, Evelyn Jacob, Anna Jud-Hallauer, M. Helsenrott Hochhauser, Alice Hutchins, Saritha Margon, Penny Paine, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris, Tamarind Rossetti-Johnson, Elena Siff, Joan Tanner, Maria Velasco, Victoria Vesna, Judy Weisbart, Seyburn Zorthian.

Logo Design: Stephania Serena
Photography & Video: Wayne McCall, Bill Dewey, Johanna Demetrakas, Frank Serena, Saritha Margon, and Karen Nedivi
Web Design: BitVision Technology Group – Alison Bradley