Panel Presentation on the Current State of Women Artists in the Art World.

Guerilla Girls Poster from 2007
Guerilla Girls Poster from 2007

Brenda Oelbaum attended a presentation at the Women’s Caucus for Art conference in New York. Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, informed the audience about the current state of women artists in the art world. Above is poster created by the Guerilla Girls to reveal how the sad truth about how few women artists are represented in national museums. Below are some stunning statistics for women artist’s representation in U.S. They aren’t as great as we had hoped.

-Percentage of visual artists working today who are women – 46%
-Percentage of work on U.S. museum walls today by women artists -5%
-National Gallery, Washington, DC – 2%
-Museum of Modern Art NY – 7%
National Museum of Women in the Arts – 100%
-Percentage of solo exhibitions in the U.S. featuring women artists – 2%

-Gender distribution of visual artists featured in art books today
Women – 10% Men – 90%

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Published by Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.

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