Monday, March 08, 2010

Celebrating Women Artists on International Women's Day

copyright 2010, Jan Blencowe
She Guards the Seas, 8x16, acrylic

Today is International Women's Day. In celebration I offer you AskArt's list of 109 Notable American Women Artists along with the full article that gives brief biopgraphies of each artist.

It's likely that beyond Mary Cassatt, Grandma Moses, Louis Nevelson, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Helen Frankenthaler you're not going to recognize too many names.

So where are all the famous women artists? Shelley Esaak offers some down to earth insights in her article at and she offers some sage advice:

We can't do anything about the past. My advice to you, today, is:

Create art.

Support women artists. Women who are alive and struggling, not the long-gone ones we hold up as examples.

Help each other. Strength in numbers, Ladies.

Make the right choices for you. If you burn to create art, it's OK not to raise a family. If you want to raise a family and make art, marry wisely, learn how to be really patient and surround yourselves with like-minded friends who'll co-op with you occasionally.

If you have never seen this video of Women in Art before you're in for a treat! If you have seen it you know it's worth watching again. Enjoy!

1 comment:

AutumnLeaves said...

What a beautiful painting, Jan! I love how fitting, how appropriate for the day. There is something that comes through the painting, both strength and softness. Can't quite articulate what I'm getting at, but its there!