I started abstract painting about a year ago. Painting on the weekends became a great source of joy and relaxation. It has become a pretty important focus for my life and personal satisfaction. I don’t think I will ever stop creating. As my paintings evolved , I started to receive positive feedback.
I thought it would be interesting to try my hand at being a professional. My goal here was to pressure test whether my work was good enough and also continue learning about art.
A new gallery Skartspace , in Brooklyn, NY was putting together a show to celebrate and recognize emerging female artists, I looked at the posting on Instagram several times before pulling the trigger on the last day and the last hour that submissions were due. I was thrilled when three of the seven pieces, I submitted were accepted.
It turns out that SKartspace is behind a tremendously important cause. There is a massive need to promote Women in the Arts. Here’s a few not so fun facts about the representation of women in the Art Industry today sourced from the National Museum of Women in the Arts:
- 51% of working visual artists are women.
- 29% of solo exhibits are women out of 590 exhibits in 70 institutions over 6 years.
- Only 2 women made the list of the Top 100 Most Expensive Artists.
- 3-5% of all art works hanging in museums were produced by women artists.
I am proud of the SKArtspace in Brooklyn for putting this show on. If you want to see change in the world, be the change in the world. These three powerful ladies are making a difference. I look forward to participating as an exhibiting artist, learning from other artists, and certainly will commit to helping to build awareness of the under representation of Women in the Arts.
“It is the mainspring of life, courage. And courage has many faces.” – Italian writer and reporter, Oriana Fallaci.
If you feel that we can do something about this and want to be a little more courageous, please share this post with the #5womenartists . This hashtag is part of an awareness initiative sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts to shine a light on this issue. Alone we are one voice, together we are a large booming megaphone.