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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.

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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


HERStory 2017

An Exhibition to 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 and commitment. Many have served as creative trailblazers. Unfortunately, their contributions have gone under-recognized.

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. We will continue to provide a forum for women artists in our annual “HERStory” exhibitions 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.

About The Exhibition

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.


Open for entries: January 10, 2017
Entry deadline: April 16, 2017
Winners list emailed to all entrants: April 24, 2017
Exhibition: April 27 – June 27, 2017


Women artists 18 years and older.
Artist must have a website.
Submissions made online via Entry Form.
Payment of entry fee: $30 for 1-3 entries. $10 each additional entry.

All Styles, Mediums, Subjects & Themes

We are accepting all 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. All subjects and themes will be accepted.

More than 50 Artists – Many Awards

  • 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, Director 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 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 visitors to  view the artists’ artwork, read about them, visit their websites and contact them directly to exhibit and purchase their art work.

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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