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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.

Abstract Art by Women Artists

Abstraction offers artists an unlimited and versatile supply of artistic tools and the  women artists featured in this article use full range of the possibilities. They are members of the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery. They share their statements about abstract art and what their art means to them.

Unlike representational art, abstraction allows the artists to translate a range of experiences, ideas and emotions without having to replicate the same physical characteristics of any subject.

The artistic process offers the artists freedom of expression; however, it requires knowledge of the basic components of color, composition, form and movement, and more. Once it is presented to viewers, it is open for personal interpretation.


Herstory Exhibition of women artistsLearn about Manhattan Arts International’s Call For Women Artists.


Please click on artists’ names to view their pages.

Cindy Walton

Cindy Walton
Cindy Walton, Letters to the Land, oil and cold wax on panel, 30″ x 30″.

Cindy Walton has developed highly personalized techniques in oil and cold wax that translate and transform nature and iconography. As a result, her paintings are transformative interpretations rather than literal renderings.

Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the United States, including the Asheville Art Museum, various colleges and universities.

Lilly Wei, art critic for Art in America, and independenct curator, selected her art from her “Bridge of Dreams” series, for the Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” exhibition in 2014.  The paintings from that series  “are a conversation with God during the final days of a friend’s life. The visual conversation seen throughout these works as well as others became a renewal of my soul and a celebration of my walk through life.”

About her art she states, “I am enthralled with layering of oil and cold wax medium. I have over the years developed highly personal perceptions and highly personalized techniques. I seek to project authentic intimate interpretations of the world which I encounter.””

Trixie Pitts

Trixie Pitts
Trixie Pitts, Outback, 2016, oil, 48″ x 48″.

New York, award-winning artist Trixie Pitts creates large lyrical paintings in the style of abstract expressionism. She often combines the use of graphite with her oil painting to achieve definition and composition. Her paintings may suggest references to the natural world but they unleash a freedom of color, movement and spontaneity.

Like many abstract artists the innate power of intuition and automatism play major roles in her process. As she explains, she waits for the emerging painting to tell her where to go. “To me being an artist means striving for the state of not knowing. That’s where the magic happens!”

Pitts refers to Larry Poons, the acclaimed abstract painter, who served as her mentor at the Art Students League. “Larry said once something about how you should feel like you don’t know what you are doing, it means you are doing something new. That makes a lot of sense to me and I really try to follow that when I paint.”

Nancy Reyner

Nancy Reyner, Hidden, acrylic on panel, 26" x 34".
Nancy Reyner, Hidden, acrylic on panel, 26″ x 34″.

Nancy Reyner creates luminous, otherworldly paintings that merge the literal and the metaphorical, hovering somewhere between pure abstraction and realistic landscape.  The artist , who resides in Santa Fe, NM, uses nature as a guiding principle to create new worlds of exceptional depth and beauty.

Nancy Reyner is also the author of several books, DVDs, and  presents sold-out workshops around the U.S., to share her unique techniques with others who want to emulate her bold, adventurous style.

Reyner states, “Earth, fire and water—elements of nature—are featured imagery in my work which form ‘energy fields’. Transparent layers of acrylic in unique ripple effects, highlighted by old Master glazing techniques, create otherworldly romantic landscapes that appear to dissolve into mist. Paint, combined with metal leaf and other reflective materials such as glass beads, results in a glowing seductive surface that begs the viewer to come closer and explore the intricacies of the painting.”


Gaya, Timeless, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″.

Gaya is an abstract artist from Toronto, Canada, who creates tactile paintings that capture the intrinsic poetic beauty of nature. Her aesthetic approach and painting techniques combine many of the best painterly elements from Impressionism as well as the spontaneity and experimentation of Abstract Expressionism.

She explains, “To define the underlying aesthetic concept of my artwork, it is an abstraction which represents an amalgamation of various streams in the contemporary art.”

Like Kandinsky, the artist also attributes music as a powerful source of inspiration, and states, it “induces my profound emotions, plays on the strings of imagination and culminates in a refined creativity of artwork.”

In explaining her preference for abstraction she states, “Creation through abstract art is the sublime freedom to express oneself. To be an artist means to me to gain that ultimate and sought-after freedom.”

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Women Arts Organizations and Galleries

Advancing The Status of Women Artists

Organizations that serve to advance the status of women artists are valuable resources for all of humanity. In honor of Manhattan Arts International “HERStory 2016” online exhibition and Women’s HERStory Month, it is my pleasure to pay homage to some of the many important arts organizations that provide many services to women artists.

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