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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.

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.

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.

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.