|Born||1986 (age 28–29)
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Known for||New Media Art Artist, curator, Facilitator|
|Notable work||Playing A Girl, Chastity|
|Awards||2012–2013 Recipient of the Terminal Award, 2013–2014 Recipient of the Franklin Furnace Archive Fund Grant, 2013 Full Tuition Research Fellowship, University of California, San Diego|
Angela Washko (born 1986) is a New York–based new media artist and facilitator who works to mobilize communities and creates new forums for discussions of feminism where they do not exist. Washko has been creating performances inside the online video game World of Warcraft since 2012 in which she initiates discussions about feminism within the gameplay. She's the founder of the Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft to bring attention to and protest the sexist language from players in the game. In 2014, Creative Time commissioned an essay from Washko on her findings as the Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft.
She is the first person to ever sell a Vine (software) video, which was bought by Dutch art advisor, curator and collector Myriam Vanneschi for $200 at the Moving Image Art Fair. "Tits on Tits on Ikea", the title of the Washko's sold Vine, was an extension to a Vine she submitted to the #VeryShortFilmFest, which was selected as a runner-up in a project called "The Shortest Video Art Ever Sold," curated by Marina Galperina and Kyle Chayka. Her video work "Chastity" won the Terminal Award from the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University. She was the 2013–2014 Recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund Grant for her World of Warcraft performances.
Angela Washko's interdisciplinary practice of performance, video, and installation investigates public opinion regarding proper etiquette, appropriate lifestyle choices, limited gender designations. She works in mostly online public spaces of contemporary American culture in order to reach a larger audience with a feminist discourse. Her work has been exhibited by the Museum of the Moving Image (London) in the National #Selfie Portrait Gallery, Biennial of the Americas in The World is !Flat, Denver Digerati in Denver, Colorado, TRANSFER Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and Super Art Moderne Museum: SPAMM.
She is currently a contributing writer for ANIMAL NY.
She has organized exhibitions and programs at the University of California, San Diego, New York University, Flux Factory, and Temple University's Tyler School of Art. She curates and compiles A Feminist Art Movement Online, an archive of artists, writers, curators, and cultural producers with various practices addressing issues regarding gendered experiences. These practitioners primarily make and/or distribute their work online and contribute to a shift in making the internet a more inclusive space for women and their cultural work. She is the Department Events Coordinator of Vis Arts at the University of California, San Diego. She's written for .dpi Magazine. In 2013 she hosted podcast "A Cups" with new media artist Ann Hirsch made possible by the Radiohive collective in which they interviewed guests such as Nate Hill, Carla Gannis, Chris Gethard, and Genevieve Belleveau.
Washko graduated in 2009 from Tyler School of Art of Temple University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting/Drawing/Sculpture. She studied at the Post Graduate Apprentice Program at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2009. She graduated in 2015 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego.
- Angela Washko
- Hyperallergic > Finding Feminism in World of Warcraft, January 21, 2013
- Creative Time Reports > Why Talk Feminism in World of Warcraft?, November 20, 2014
- The Guardian > Moving Image art fair sells first ever 'Vine-art'
- ANIMAL > #VERYSHORTFILMFEST WINNERS AND NSFW NET EXHIBIT, February 26, 2013
- The New World of Net Art, June 12, 2013
- TERMINAL AWARD: CHASTITY BY ANGELA WASHKO
- Franklin Furnace Fund Winners 2013–2014: Angela Washko
- UCSD Open Studios: Angela Washko
- Bad at Sports
- National #Selfie Portrait Gallery
- Denver Digerati
- The Artists of gURLS, September 22, 2013
- SPAMM Safari
- About: ANIMAL NY
- A Feminist Art Movement Online
- Playing A Girl (The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft) > Gender(ed) Cultures on the Internet, .dpi Magazine, Issue # 28, Winter 2014
- iTunes: A Cups