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Resources, Opportunities and Services For Women Artists e-Book

All artists need to know about opportunities that are suited for them at every stage of their careers. Because there is an unequal share of opportunities for women artists in the art world it is essential for women artists to know about the wealth of resources, opportunities and services available for women artists.

I have been compiling this information for several years and I am going to produce a comprehensive, detailed e-Book to help advance the status of women artists around the world.

To sum it up briefly, it will inspire, inform, support and motivate women artists in their professional art careers. This ground-breaking e-Book will be published in April, 2017 in conjunction with the Manhattan Arts International “HERStory” exhibition that will run from April 20 – June 20, 2017.

All Entrants Will Receive A Complimentary Copy of The e-Book

All artists who submit their entries to the Manhattan Arts International “HERStory” exhibition will receive a complimentary copy of this e-Book when it is published.

A Quick Glance At Some of the Contents of The e-Book

This comprehensive e-Book will include such topics as listed below and many links to invaluable websites for further reading.

  • Statistics That Reveal The Inequalities in The Art World
  • Positive Strides Being Made
  • Non-Profit Women Arts Organizations
  • Galleries & Other Exhibition Venues for Women Artists
  • Grants and Other Financial Opportunities for Artists
  • Calls For Women Artists
  • Curators of Women Artists’ Exhibitions
  • Comments & Advice from Women’s Activists & Other Professionals
  • Inspirational Quotes and Messages By and For Women Artists
  • Things We Can All Do to Advance The Status of Women Artists
  • Additional Resources for Women Artists

Do You Know of Any Resource That Should Be Included in this e-Book for Women Artists?

I want to make this e-Book as comprehensive as possible. If you know of any organizations, funding sources, services and resources  that fit in the categories listed above, anywhere in the world, and that should be included in this e-Book, please send me an email to renee@manhattanarts.com. Please supply the name of the resource and its website address and write Women Artists as the subject of the email. Thank you!

Learn about the the Manhattan Arts International “HERStory” exhibition.

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.

HERStory Top Award Winners 2016

About HERStory 2016

“HERStory 2016” was an initiative to bring the art created by outstanding women artists to larger audiences and give them the recognition they deserve. This exhibition, which ran from March 20-May 20, 2016, featured 48 extraordinary women artists from around the world.

The top Award-Winners were  selected for their artistic excellence in their chosen mediums and for the insightful artist’s statements that accompanied their submissions. Additionally, each artist exemplifies a strong professional commitment to having produced a powerful body of work.

Learn more about Manhattan Arts International online exhibitions.

Susanne Buckler
Featured Artist Interview Award
First Place Special Recognition Cash Award

Susanne Buckler, Vagina Dialogs/ Love is More Important Than Sex/Triptych, Inkject on silk and paper, 17” x 22". Larger sizes available.
Susanne Buckler, Vagina Dialogs/ Love is More Important Than Sex/Triptych, Inkject on silk and paper, 17” x 22″. Larger sizes available.

I endeavor to empower and unite women of all ages and ethnicities by revealing them from both the inside and out. These images show stages of transformation from the real to the ethereal. My collaborations with the women I photograph and videotape establish a common ground between us in which to share what is often kept inside.
Visit Suzanne Bucklers page in the Artist Showcase Gallery.
Visit www.susannebuckler.com

Mary Lou Dauray
Second Place Special Recognition Cash Award

Mary Lou Dauray, Black Bird, acrylic, 24" x 24".
Mary Lou Dauray, Black Bird, acrylic, 24″ x 24″.

My art addresses my concern about climate destruction, air pollution and social injustice. Birds are dying and despair prevails among the 160,000 people forced to evacuate their homes in Fukushima, Japan. My new series is an interpretation of 30 million plastic bags stuffed with one ton of radioactive soil as the government is desperately trying to remove land contaminated by the nuclear meltdowns.
Visit Mary Lou Dauray’s page in the Artist Showcase Gallery.
Visit: www.maryloudauray.com

Dana Klein
Third Place Special Recognition Cash Award
Artist Showcase Award

Dana Klein, Hope, Photography, 16” x 24”.
Dana Klein, Hope, Photography, 24″ x 16” .

I have combined my love for art and passion for photography to create storytelling images with uplifting messages of hope, strength and resilience.   “Project SHINE” features breast cancer survivors and the important message they want to embrace and share with others.
Visit Dana Klein’s page in the Artist Showcase Gallery.
Visit: www.photographybydana.com


Elizabeth A. Sackler Is Named The Brooklyn Museum’s First Chairwoman

A Step Toward Bridging the Gender Gap

Reported by Alexandra Shaw

Brooklyn Museum
Elizabeth A. Sackler. Photo credit: John Roth.

Elizabeth A. Sackler is the first woman in the nearly 200-year history of the Brooklyn Museum to serve as a Chairwoman.

This is great news and long overdue.  Although there has been an increase in gender equality  in the art world, there is still an undeniable  gap that exists. (Read Gender Gap Report)

Dr. Sackler succeeds retiring chair John S. Tamagni, who has served as Chair since 2011. He will continue to serve as an active Board member.

“A Museum For All People”

Upon accepting this position Sackler stated, “It is a privilege, and I thank the Museum’s leadership, for electing me as Chair of this venerable institution. I look forward to adding to the accomplishments of all my predecessors. ”

She commented, “As this is a museum for all people, I am proud to be the first woman to Chair the Board of Trustees.”

Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Mary Wollstonecraft and Sojourner Truth place settings), 1974–79. Mixed media: ceramic, porcelain, textile. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Founder of the Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

She is the founder of the Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art,  a nexus for feminist art, theory, and activism.

It is most recognized as the permanent home of “The Dinner Party” by Judy Chicago. A detail of this installation is shown above. The Dinner Party, an icon of feminist art, represents 1,038 women in history — 39 women are represented by place settings and another 999 names are inscribed in the Heritage Floor on which the table rests. This monumental work of art is comprised of a triangular table divided by three wings, each 48 feet long.

The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Herstory galleries display critically acclaimed exhibitions. Its Forum is a venue for lectures and dialogues and a platform of advocacy for women’s issues. The annual Sackler Center First Awards honor women who are first in their fields.

More of Sackler’s Outstanding Contributions

Elizabeth Sackler holds a Ph.D. in Public History, and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Papers are held by the Sophia Smith Collection, an internationally recognized women’s history archive at Smith College.

She is a public historian, arts activist, and American Indian advocate, is President of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, NYC; founder and President of the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation; President of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation; member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Museum, and the founder of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Dr. Sackler currently sits on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is an honorary member of the Guerrilla Girls and was the 2012 recipient of the Brooklyn Museum’s prestigious Augustus Graham Medal.

She has received numerous awards, most recently from the Association of American Indian Affairs in 2013. Past awards and honors include: “Art to Life Award” (A.I.R. Gallery), “Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts” (ArtTable), and “President’s Award” (Women’s Caucus for Art).

Dr. Sackler is a lecturer and keynote speaker. In 2013 she presented: “Changing the Course: Women, Art and the Art Market” at ArtMiami’s Collecting Women Artists Symposium. She presented “Making Gender Matter” at UJA-Federation’s Summit – I3: Insight, Innovation, Impact with Paula Zahn (TimesCenter, NYC); and “Women Collecting Women-Matronage” (Sotheby’s, NYC); among many others.

Visit the Brooklyn Museum’s website: www.brooklynmuseum.org