Holding Pattern

Holding Pattern, Vol. II is now available. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please email dadecollective@gmail.com

Holding Pattern is an annual publication produced by DADE, a collective of women and femme artists founded in 2017 by Diana Antohe, DS Chapman, Angie Reisch, and Ellen Smith. While DADE is an acronym for the founding members’ names, the definition of dade also means “to lead and support.” DADE is dedicated to our mission of supporting non-male makers through providing a platform for their work to be shown.

The first edition of Holding Pattern was published in May 2017 and included work from thirteen female-identifying artists. DADE hosted a book launch and panel discussion with the artist collective Toxic Shock at The Wild Detectives in Dallas, Texas to accompany the publication with an active discourse on the issues facing non-male artists in our community.  

A holding pattern is traditionally related to an aircraft’s flight path and references the specific path flown when a plane is awaiting permission to land. Approximately 30% of artists represented by commercial galleries are women (this does not even begin to break down the statistics on women of color, trans women, those with disabilities, gender non binary and other non-male persons). Roughly 3-5% of major permanent collections are made up by women. We could go on but all this to say, women are often finding themselves awaiting permission to land, to work, and to be regarded with the respect they have earned as over half of the world’s producing artists.

In this edition of Holding Pattern, we asked artists to examine the holding patterns within their daily lives and practices. We also extended the invitation to writers whose work spans from journalism to poetry. In doing so, we hope to produce a document that furthers the longstanding conversations regarding women’s representation in the Arts.


The Dallas Museum of Art, The Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Nasher Microgrant jury, Southern Methodist University, Lauren Smart, Frances Bagley, Sofia Bastidas Vivar, Philip Van Keuren, and Natalia Padilla. Lastly, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for purchasing this book and for supporting us in our fight towards equity in the Arts. It takes a village.

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