Art Exhibit

To compliment HOPE Gathering’s plenary speeches and connecting sessions, an art exhibition will be on view in Redeemer’s W83 5th Floor Loft Space. Local female artists of all mediums (and faiths) are invited to submit conference theme-appropriate works of art. As faith mysteriously reconciles one’s way of life in the present with the hope of a promised future, art also (both in its making and in its perceiving) reconciles the past, present, and future by taking a specific form composed by specific materials in a specific time ushering in a unique space, a space for imaginative hope. As such, submitted works can be inspirational, devotional,  as loosely or tangentially linked to the concept of hope as the artist would like.

by Rachel Friedlander

by Rachel Friedlander


The call for Open Submissions to the HOPE Exhibit is now: CLOSED. 

Thank you to all of the artists who submitted work for consideration. We are pleased to say that there were many of you.

Curatorial selections are in process and all artists will be notified as to whether or not their work will be included in the show by May 15th.

We hope that you'll join us for the opening!



Opening Friday June 6th at 9pm, open for the duration of the conference, and closing June 7th at 6pm.

150 W. 83rd St. Location open to conference attendees and artists only. (Additional guests may be invited to the opening on June 6th 9-10:30pm, but need to be listed on the guest list for security.)


Meet the Curators

Bonnie K. Norlander

Bonnie K. Norlander is a Masters candidate (anticipated graduation, May '14) at New York University's Steinhardt program for Visual Art Administration, where she spent a summer studying exhibition and display in London. She holds a BFA in Art and Design with a minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University ('04,) was the recipient of the Post-Baccalaureate fellowship at the New York Center for Art and Media Studies (NYCAMS, '06-'07,) and the pilot residency for the Artists In Residence (AIR, '10) Project in Beijing. 

With 10 years of experience, Ms. Norlander works with young and emerging artists as a curator and organizer, and is the founder of the SftPwr cultural digest of women’s work in the arts and culture. Ms. Norlander is currently working as a freelance administrator, curator, researcher, and program consultant.

Meaghan Ritchey

Born in the West Texas town of El Paso, and currently residing in the South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven, Meaghan Ritchey moved to NYC in 2005 to begin her studies Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College. Meaghan recently moved on from International Arts Movement after five years of programming for and eventually directing the influential non-profit. She is currently freelancing in the areas of writing, editing, and event-planning, and working to develop a publication strategy as the interim Editor of The Curator, a web magazine. She hopes to find permanent work at one of the city's many museums or arts organizations.