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Dear Friends,

You may not know it, but this July is a very special anniversary for me. After 7 long years of dreaming about quitting my office job, I finally pulled the plug last July and put in my notice. In honor of this momentous occasion, I launched a blog on Tumblr exclusively dedicated to peeking behind the scenes of my new art practice. Here I'll be discussing the trials and tribulations of the art business, exploring tools of the trade I use in menstrual design, and sharing a bit about the collaborative projects I have cooking.
The first post is about my transition from employee to artist and is a quick 5 minute read. ENJOY & SHARE!
From one messy office to another, but I like my new mess better.

Updates / Events

July Cycle. Creation in progress. One of the trials of being an artist is experimenting with techniques. Every result just can't be a masterpiece. Stay tuned for new art! I promise new images are coming soon. (Is this when I blame Denver's altitude?)

See It Live

September 24 - October 12, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI

Art to Change the World: Inspiring Social Justice
Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain Street NE
ArtPrize is a radically open, independently organized international art competition. Occurring annually, the 19-day competition turns three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, into an open playing field for art and creative expression. At ArtPrize, everyone is invited to find a voice in the conversation about what art is, and why art matters. It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike.

ArtPrize accepts any individual over 18 as a competing artist and any space in the designated district as an ArtPrize venue. Registered artists and venues connect online at and agree to present the artwork for public display. The public votes using free mobile apps, text messages and the web to distribute a $200,000 grand prize and $60,000 in category awards, while an additional $200,000 grand prize and $100,000 in category awards are decided by expert jury.

Fountain Street Church is a beautiful, historical, downtown landmark. In partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union they are hosting an ArtPrize exhibit entitled Art to Change the World: Inspiring Social Justice featuring 28 works of art created by 34 artists. The exhibit honors the role art plays as a change agent for social and economic justice. Our exhibit draws over 20,000 visitors and we have been recognized by ArtPrize jurors and the media as one of the most compelling exhibits in the city. Architectural and historical aspects of the building will also be available for viewing. 

Stay tuned for more details about the opening reception and any special events related to the show.

Robin Danielson Act (HR-4746)                                                             ** ACTION NEEDED **

Do you know what's in your tampons and pads? Did you know that menstrual management manufacturers ARE NOT required to disclose the materials or ingredients in their products nor test for safety? Are chlorine and dioxin chemicals you want close to your body? Me either so let's do something about it! Sign the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research petition TODAY. It'll take less than 1 minute, promise!
After you sign the petition, take action and share it with your friends! We simply cannot continue to ignore what we're putting in or near our bodies when we menstruate.

Curatorial Debut

Widening the Cycle - A Menstrual Cycle & Reproductive Justice Art Exhibit
June 4-6, 2014
Suffolk University
Boston, MA

I am curating a menstrual cycle and reproductive justice theme exhibit, entitled Widening the Cycle, for display during the upcoming biennial conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. Since opening the Call for Art, I have received numerous entries and am thrilled to see what women artists are making! 

If you know any women artists whose work addresses menstruation or reproductive justice, please share the Call for Art with them. I am seeking broad interpretations and multicultural perspectives on this theme from both emerging and experienced artists.

All the bloody best,  


PS. If you dig the art, please share it.
Jen Lewis
Artist & Menstrual Designer
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