Home – About Us

We Promote and Reward Artistic Excellence
We Provide A Curated Art Resource

Welcome to Manhattan Arts International, an online arts initiative dedicated to promoting and rewarding artistic excellence through curated art programs.  This website is a resource for art buyers and art professionals in search of art created by dedicated and accomplished artists.

Our purpose is to promote under-recognized, extraordinary artists on this website, to our thousands of subscribers, and across our social media platforms.

We don’t sell art on this website. We invite you to  view the artists’ artwork, read about them, visit their websites and contact them directly to exhibit and purchase their art work.

Our History – Our Founder & Director

Renee Phillips
Renee Phillips, founder/direction of Manhattan Arts International, and Curator of online exhibitions.

Founded by Renée Phillips, Manhattan Arts International launched  one of the first online galleries in 1999. Prior to that we published Manhattan Arts International magazine for 17 years to promote emerging artists. Since our inception, we have advanced the careers of thousands of artists from around the world,  working in different styles and mediums. As a result of our efforts many artists have received sales, international publicity and grants. Read Praise For Manhattan Arts International.

Manhattan Arts event
Manhattan Arts International debate, organized by Renee Phillips, attracted nearly 1,000 art leaders and was televised on the news and broadcast on radio.

Phillips is an arts advocate. She organized the only arts debate in the history of NYC. She is also an avid arts writer, art career consultant and mentor to artists and arts organizations. She is also the author of several best-selling art business books and e-Books. She has curated and juried numerous exhibitions.
Read more about Renee Phillips
her other website where you’ll find dozens of articles to help artists excel in their art careers.

Current Call for Artists

Herstory Exhibition of women artistsThroughout the year we present theme exhibitions. In our exhibitions selected artists are featured on this website and promoted through social media. We offer cash awards, promotion, publicity and other special awards. We often invite art leaders to present additional awards to artists.
Learn more about HERStory.


“New Beginnings” – Current Online Exhibition

Twilight On The Colorado, oil on panel, 14″ x 24″, by R. Geoffrey Blackburn, First Place Winner in the Manhattan Arts International “New Beginnings” exhibition.

The Manhattan Arts International “New Beginnings” online exhibition is presented here December 27, 2016  – February 27, 2017, featuring the art and statements of 61 artists from around the world.
View the “New Beginnings” exhibition.

Featured Artists Members

Kari Bienert
Kari Bienert

Read comprehensive articles about Featured Artists Members by Renee Phillips and view several images of their artwork.
Click here for the directory of all Featured Artists Members

Artist Showcase Gallery Members

Matti Sirvio, I Will Go Up, oil on canvas, 39" x 47".
Matti Sirvio, I Will Go Up, oil on canvas, 39″ x 47″.

Read about Artist Showcase Gallery members and view their art in the International Artist Showcase Gallery.  These artists provide our visitors with  a range of styles, mediums and subjects.
Visit the Artist Showcase Gallery Members and Images.

Articles and Interviews

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko in her New York studio.

Our editorial coverage is international. We present informative and inspirational articles and interviews by Renee Phillips and Guest Writers. Find out about how to collect art on any budget, read about member artists’ inspiration and their greatest accomplishments, and much more. Visit the directory of articles.

Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS
Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS website is a program developed by Renee Phillips

The Healing Power of ART Gallery

In 2015, after more than a decade or organizing exhibitions on the Healing Power of ART theme,  Renee Phillips created a website devoted to that topic. It is dedicated to raising awareness about how art enhances the well-being of individuals, society and the environment. It features The Healing Power of ART Gallery. You will find inspirational and informative articles and positive, healing art in all styles and mediums . Visit The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS website for more information.

Our mission is to reward artistic excellence. We promote under-recognized Artists from around the world in our curated online art programs, exhibitions and social media networks.