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We are thrilled to announce that WLAS has been selected to participate in the world renowned Venice Biennale 2024. The Venice Biennale is one of the most recognized and esteemed art exhibitions globally, drawing art enthusiasts, collectors, and curators from all corners of the globe. However, despite its international reach, female artists and artists of color continue to be underrepresented in this iconic event. Our aim is to challenge this status quo and bring female perspectives to the forefront through our Women's LIVE Artist Studio exhibition at the Personal Structures exhibition hosted by the European Cultural Centre - Italy during the 60th Venice Biennale.

To turn this dream into a reality, we need your support. The costs associated with participation, including exhibition fees, transportation of art pieces, promotional materials, and accommodations for our artists, are substantial. This is where you come in. With your generous contribution, you can make a significant impact on our journey to Italy. Your support will help cover the expenses and ensure that our talented artists have the opportunity to present their works on an international stage.

Meet Our Fiscal Agent

The More heART Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides art experiences that heal, inspire, and ignite change. More heART moves forward with the vision that direct engagement with the arts can transform the world.

WLAS is proud to announce this organization as our Fiscal Agent for 2024. Donors looking to receive a tax deduction for donations over $500, will do so through More heART Foundation, Inc.

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World renowned artists Max Sansing, Kevin “WAK” Williams, Frank Morrison, and Hebru Brantley have donated artwork to support the Women’s LIVE Artist Studio's journey to exhibit during the Venice Biennale.

  • 1989! Screen Print, by Max Sansing

    Max Sansing is donating proceeds from this sale to WLAS in support of our journey to Venice. The epitome of artists supporting artists, and men uplifting women!

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  • Practice Makes Perfect, by Frank Morrison

    When Frank Morrison saw what the women of WLAS were doing in Miami during SCOPE, he offered to donate his work too! We are honored by this gesture.

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  • Ballerina Noir, by Kevin WAK Williams

    Proceeds from the sale of these two giclée prints support WLAS as they journey to Venice. WAK is a long time friend and mentor of founders, Martha and Dana.

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  • Black Swan, by Kevin WAK Williams

    WAK has generously donated this second artwork to support his mentees, and fellow artists at WLAS. Proceeds from the sale of this piece go to support our exhibition in Venice.

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Dr. Patricia Jones Blessman is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience as a clinician and mental health program administrator. Her interests fall in psychological practices across cultures, educational evaluation, identifying gifted children, and early childhood evaluation.

Her company, AUSET/ISIS is a consulting firm focusing on delivering health literacy and education on a variety of topics and within diverse formats and platforms.

Because of Dr. Jones Blessman's generosity, the Women's LIVE Artist Studio was able to secure their booth at SCOPE!

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