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HERStory 2017 Entry Form

This is the Entry Form Page for HERStory 2017

Before you complete this entry form read About HERStory 2017  for details and schedule.

By submitting your art to Manhattan Arts International “HERStory”, should your art be selected for the exhibition, you grant Renee Phillips, Manhattan Arts International permission to use your image, artist’s statement, and website address for publicity purposes related to the exhibition.

IMPORTANT: Please follow these requirements if you want to avoid disqualification:

Images: You may enter 1-6 images.
Size: 700 pixels on the longest side. If you don’t know how to resize your JPEG here’s help: http://www.wikihow.com/Resize-a-JPEG
Maximum file size per image: 700 kb.
Resolution: 72-100 dpi.
How to Label Your Images: Provide your last name, first name initial, first word in title of your art and the number of your entry that corresponds to your entry form. Example: Phillips_R_Sunset-1.jpg
Your Artist’s Statement: Write your artist’s statement in the first person (“I”). Maximum length: 60 words. This statement will be used if your art is selected for the exhibition so proofread it and make sure it is no longer than 60 words.
Additional Reminder: You must be  a female artist, 18 years or older, and have a website.

After you Click “Submit”- Entry Fee Payment

After you complete the form and click on the Submit button you will be taken to the “Entry Payment Page”. You can pay the non-refundable entry fee using safe and easy PayPal. All credit and debit cards are accepted through PayPal.

If you follow all of the instructions above and you experience any problems uploading your entry form please send us an email and describe your problem to entries@manhattanarts.com.

Thank You for Your Entry

After we receive them we will send you a confirmation by email to the address you provide on your entry form. Please add these email addresses to your email address book: entries@manhattanarts.com and renee@manhattanarts.com.

We look forward to seeing your entries and appreciate your participation in “HERStory 2017”.

REMINDER: Review your entry form before you click the SUBMIT button.

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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.

Top Award-Winning Artists

We received so many excellent entries making this competition a challenging experience.  As the curator of “New Beginnings” my selection process involved a laser sharp concentration, numerous sessions in which I viewed the several hundred image entries, and prolonged visits to the artists’ websites. After more than 100 hours of deliberation I chose the top award-winning artists based on their highly developed individual styles, cohesive and expansive bodies of work, their superior creative and technical  skills, and  how well their submissions and statements reflect the theme New Beginnings. ~ Renée Phillips

Mason Mansung Kang – Featured Artist Award

Mason Mansung Kang creates awe-inspiring landscape paintings with admirable proficiency. His professional art career began after retirement and he returned to college to earn an art degree in 2016.  We are inspired by his art and personal journey that reflects new beginnings. Read an interview with the artist.

Mason Mansung Kang, Morning Light at Namwon, oil on Canvas, 18"x 24".
Mason Mansung Kang, Morning Light at Namwon, oil on Canvas, 18″x 24″.

Artist’s Statement: The visual changes of the natural world, with unending colors and values that exist in light and shadow over each season and over time, create variations of moods and emotions that always affects my mind. I struggle to observe these subtle colors, but also enhance the colors that are usually not noticed by untrained eyes. To share this beauty is the goal of my efforts. www.masonmansungkang.com

R. Geoffrey Blackburn – First Place Special Recognition Cash Award

R. Geoffrey Blackburn has created a spectacular and cohesive body of paintings that take viewers on sojourns with nature — specifically the Red Rock region. His dramatic images inspire feelings of profound reverence, introspection, discovery and renewal.

R. Geoffrey Blackburn, "Indian Summer", Oil on Linen, 28" x 36".
R. Geoffrey Blackburn, “Indian Summer”, Oil on Linen, 28″ x 36″.

Artist’s Statement: I focus upon the juxtaposition of the flora and fauna of a scene against the spectacular ancient red rock geology which speaks to the endless renewal of nature and constant cyclical new beginnings. Moreover, by virtue of the detail and technique, I provide a way for the viewer to “walk into the painting” and experience a personal renewal as well. http://rgeoffreyblackburn.com

Denisa Prochazka – Second Place Special Recognition Cash Award

A superb artist with the utmost attention to detail, Denisa Prochazka creates outstanding figurative sculpture that inspires the highest aspirations in humanity. Her art work has been commissioned as awards of achievement.

Denisa Prochazka, Namaste Flower, Hydrostone cast with marble base, 20" x 11" x 9".
Denisa Prochazka, Namaste Flower, Hydrostone cast with marble base, 20″ x 11″ x 9″.

Artist’s Statement: The sculpture ‘Namaste Flower’ was created to inspire healing and strength of the female spirit. It resides at a Woman’s Shelter as a symbol of a new beginning. The sculpture relief ‘Embrace of Indigenous Wisdom’ symbolizes reconciliation, a new beginning. The sculpture relief ‘Gabriela’s Roots, the New Canadian’ symbolizes a new life of an immigrant of an African-Dominican origin. www.denisaprochazka.com

Jill Pankey – Third Place Special Recognition Cash Award

In her vibrant well-composed award-winning paintings, Jill Pankey celebrates women in a joyful reverie of fun,  vitality and camaraderie. Their expressions of exuberance and colorful attire exude optimism and negate all misconceptions about aging.

JillPankey, Strut Your Inner Muse, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.
Jill Pankey, Strut Your Inner Muse, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.

Artist’s Statement: The intention of my work is an exploration of life around me, and experimenting with color. I have experimented with the theme of the aging female with a focus on new beginnings, humor, color, pattern, and movement. I have been exploring the notion of a dreamlike quality. We may age but dreams and goals cannot be taken away. www.jillpankey.com

Sue Miller – Artist Showcase Award and Coaching Award

Sue Miller creates spellbinding realistic and detailed scenes of places she encounters around the world. She arouses our senses and encourages us to view our surroundings and the shapes, colors and reflections of man-made and natural objects with a new perspective.
View the artist’s page on this website.

Sue Miller, 46th Street, oil, 24” x 18”.
Sue Miller, 46th Street, oil, 24” x 18”.

Artist’s Statement: Inspired by places I have visited, I aim to capture the effects of light on colors and forms as I have witnessed all over the globe. The pieces selected for the “New Beginnings” exhibition were all inspired by transformation…one day turning into the next, or a historic city in the midst of great change…new beginnings all. www.smillerart.com

Francene Levinson – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Gallery Award

A highly versatile artist in different mediums including Chinese modular paper sculpturing, Francene Levinson has recently mastered the use of challenging digital parametric programs to paint dramatic images. She brings us new interpretations of the natural world.  View the artist’s page on The Healing Power of ART website. (soon to come)

Francene Levinson, Butterfly in Red, digital art, 9' x 7".
Francene Levinson, Butterfly in Red, digital art, 9′ x 7″.

Artist’s Statement: New beginnings suggest taking a fresh look at what we know. Therefore, I create original digital paintings inspired by my Oregon environment. I see the strength of the earth and the fragility of life through mathematical concepts and principles of art. Now, I seek beauty in the absolute simplicity of line and form and reveal it through empowering digital media. www.francenelevinsondigitalart.com

Find out about our Current Call For Artists

Curator’s Criteria

As a curator for over 60 exhibitions this is my criteria:

Renee Phillips
Renee Phillips,  Curator of “New Beginnings”.
  • Technical competence in style and medium
  • How well the art fits the theme of the exhibition
  • Clarity of vision
  • Originality
  • Impressive on a visceral and/or intellectual level
  • Immediately captures my attention, retains my interest, and is memorable

The Complete Professional Package

When it comes to selecting the finalists, I also visit the artists’ websites to get a more comprehensive view of their overall vision.

What Causes Disqualifications

  • Failure to follow the instructions on the entry form
  • Art does not fit the theme “New Beginnings”
  • Poor quality jpeg images
  • Jpeg is the wrong size or not labeled properly
  • Artist’s Statement is poorly written, longer than the 60 word maximum, or does not reflect the theme
  • No website listed or website cannot be viewed

Click Here For The Entry Form

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


About New Beginnings – Online Exhibition

Our Annual “New Beginnings” Online Exhibition

“New Beginnings” attracts entries from artists around the world working in different styles and mediums.  Our aim overall is to display a wide variety of interpretations, styles and mediums. The purpose of our online exhibitions is to give artists increased career recognition, social media connections and followers, and higher traffic on their websites. As a result artists have reported more increased career credibility and self-esteem, plus commissions, sales and exhibition opportunities.


Learn about New Beginnings 2016-2017



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