October 7-30, 2016
#Vote4Pope is a public participatory art performance project intended to draw attention to the unequal status of women in the Catholic Church in a fun and jestful manner. It is a traveling trunk show of Papal regalia and props. Participants will don their favorite Papal outfit from a display of clothing comprising an array of Pope’s cassocks, mozettas, zucchettos, stoles and female shoes in Papal colors, white and red. The attire will be laid out, retail style, according to varying sizes, just as they are for a newly elected Pope in the Room of Tears at the Vatican. Participants can then pose as Pope and have their photograph uploaded to social media sites and the project website Vote-4-Pope.com as a form of activism.
Anyone can participate in #Vote4Pope – it is an equal opportunity event. The conceptual basis of the project is to use portraiture as a tool for self-visualization and social activism in a fun and lighthearted fashion.
The public can schedule an appointment for your Papal portrait via the Vote-4-Pope.com website. Each participant should allow 30 minutes for each session.
Jackie Hoysted is a native of Ireland, currently residing in Bethesda, Maryland. She has a degree in computer science from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a fine arts degree from the George Washington Corcoran School of Arts & Design, Washington DC.
She has had multiple solo shows of her artwork throughout the US, including Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Nevada and Illinois and has been featured in several notable publications, including: the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Express, the Gazette, the Washington City Paper, The Pittsburgh Review and the Richmond and Baltimore Examiners’. The digital media author Scott Ligon selected her work for inclusion in his book The Digital Art Revolution. She is the creator of the project Send Me Your last Cigarette, the founder of Countdown Temporary Artspace and visual arts curator for Solas Nua, an Irish organization that promotes contemporary Irish art in the Washington DC area. She is also a contributing writer to The Studio Visit online magazine. She has been the recipient of grants from Montgomery County, Maryland and the Vermont Studio Center; and has had residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2014), the Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, Ireland (2015) and at The Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ireland (2016).