Herstory exhibition of women artists

HERStory 2017

An Online Exhibition to Promote Outstanding Art & Advance The Status of Women Artists

April 27 – June 27, 2017

Why “HERStory”?

For centuries women artists have inspired, enlightened and informed us with their enormous talent, vision and commitment. Many have served as creative trailblazers. Unfortunately, their contributions have gone under-recognized.

When artists lack necessary exposure and recognition they often abandon their dreams of sharing their art with the world. Manhattan Arts International has been presenting “HERStory” exhibitions on this website since the year 2000, under the direction of Renee Phillips, artists’ advocate and mentor. The purpose of this exhibition is to provide a venue for outstanding yet under-recognized women artists.

Our “HERStory” exhibitions will continue until there is a fair and equal balance of women artists represented by art museums, galleries, art book publishers, major private and public collections, auction houses, and the media.

50 Artists — All Styles, Mediums, Subjects & Themes

For “HERStory 2017”, an online exhibition, we are inviting women artists from around the world to submit their entries. At least 50 outstanding contemporary women artists will be shown.

All subject matter and themes will be accepted.  We are accepting all styles — from realism to abstraction — and of any subjects (not only female subjects). Any 2D and 3D mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, works on paper, mixed media, photography, digital art, fiber, assemblages, installation art, and one-of-a-kind, handmade functional art pieces, including ceramics.

Some of the winners from HERStory 2016
Some of the winners from HERStory 2016. First row: Susanne Buckler, Mary Lou Dauray and Jill Pankey. Second row: Allison Coelho Picone, Ruth Soller, and Cherilyn Sunridge. Third row:  Gunilla Lofgren, Ruth Geneslaw and Bren Sibilsky.



Entry deadline: April 16, 2017
List of winners listed on this website and sent to all entrants: April 24, 2017
Exhibition: April 27 – June 27, 2017


Women artists 18 years and older.
Artist must have an art website or blog.
Submissions made online by using the Entry Form.
Payment of entry fee: $30 for 1-3 entries. $10 each additional entry.


Every Artist Who Enters Will Get An e-Book

This e-Book contains dozens of opportunities and resources for Women Artists by Renée Phillips, such as  Non-Profit Organizations and Galleries for Women Artists; Grants and Other Financial Opportunities for Artists; Annual Calls For Women Artists; Curators of Women Artists’ Exhibitions & Women Activists; Additional Resources; more. This e-Book will be published in April, 2017. LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS E-BOOK.

Special Recognition Awards Presented By Our Distinguished Awards Committee:

  • Renee Phillips, curator, will select at least 30 Awards of Excellence, 20 Awards of Merit, 3 Cash Awards, Featured Artist / Interview Awards, and more.  In addition, there will be Special Featured Artists Awards selected by:
  • Carolyn Edlund, Founder of Artsy Shark “Inspiring Artists To Build Better Businesses”.
  • Karen Gutfreund, artist and curator with GutfreundCornett  “Changing The World Through Art”.
  • Jill Pankey, award-winning artist and former University lecturer.
  • Renee Phillips, artists advocate, director & curator of Manhattan Arts International.
  • Nancy Reyner, international artist, author and instructor.
  • Bren Sibilsky, international sculptor and founder of Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art.





About Manhattan Arts International

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

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

Learn more about Manhattan Arts International.

Professional Artist magazine is the ultimate career resource for fine artists everywhere.Thank You Professional Artist Magazine,  the ultimate career resource for fine artists everywhere  for announcing our “HERStory 2017” Call For Artists.

15 thoughts on “HERStory 2017”

    1. Hi Virginia,
      Thank you for your interest in HERStory. Yes, an art blog may be acceptable, as long as it contains a gallery/portfolio, resume/bio, etc. Please supply a link to your blog so I can tell you whether it meets the criteria. No, a page on facebook does not qualify as an artist’s website. Why not create your own artist’s website? There are many wonderful free platforms that are easy to use.
      Best regards,

  1. I submitted my entry last night for HERSTORY2017. I received and email receipt for my payment but I didn’t get anything stating that the entry was received. Will I receive a confirmation of some sort?
    Thank you,
    Greta Olivas

    1. Dear Greta,
      Thank you for submitting your entries to HERStory and for your follow up question. I sent you a confirmation reply via email today. Since I respond personally / manually to all entries and I didn’t work on Sunday, I sent the reply today, Monday.
      All the best,

    1. Thank you Lucy,
      That’s a great question. Your comment inspired us to add a jpeg with a random sampling of previous winners’ artwork to this page. I hope that is helpful.
      Best regards,

  2. Dear Renee,

    I have an artwork I would like to enter for Her Story. Since the artwork tells it’s story as it rotates through all 4 positions I am not sure whether to enter it as one entry or should I submit the same artwork in its four different positions? Is it one entry or four since it is the same artwork?

    1. Dear Eugenia,
      I sent you a direct email with an answer to your question. To all other artists who are in the same situation, if you submit 3-D art you may submit two views of the same image at no additional cost. If you have any questions please send me an email and either I or one of my assistants will be happy to reply to you within two business days.
      Best regards,

  3. Dear Renee,
    I don’t have my own website, but my art is featured on a community art website called Redlands Creative Alliance in Brisbane, Australia. It gives exposure and an online presence to local artists who are members of this non-profit organisation. Will this suffice as a website?


    1. Dear Lisa,
      Thank you for your interest in our HERStory Call for Women Artists. Yes, we do require that artists have their own art websites or art blogs. I visited the website your art is one and your photography is beautiful. I hope you consider building your own website before the deadline on April 16. There are many free platforms available and no coding is required. Check wordpress.org for the many free themes.
      Best regards,

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