Check out this article about the discrimination women still face in the art world. Did you know that of the twelve prestigious Gagosian Galleries only one will exhibit work by women in 2012? How about the fact that 97% of the Met’s modern art was created by men, while 83% of the nudes are women?
Many people are unaware that women are underrepresented and underpaid in the art world. The problem is not that women’s work is not as good, it’s not that women are not promoting themselves as well, and it’s certainly not that there are less of us. The problem is that so many of the people running our museums and galleries are biased against women, and push men’s work to the forefront while dismissing work by women.
It’s important that we know this. Because things will not change until we at least acknowledge the problem.
Here are a few museums and galleries that showcase women artists. Take a look if you can; they share the work of some incredible artists:
National Museum of Women in the Arts: The only major museum in the world dedicated to women’s artwork. This is one of my favorite museums. Definitely visit if you’re in the DC area!
Woman Made Gallery: A Chicago gallery with the mission of ensuring equal placement of women in the art world. It’s a beautiful space. They’re currently accepting submissions for their “Inspired By… Celebrating Illinois Women Artists and Artisans” exhibit.
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: An exhibition and education environment dedicated to feminist art. Their site has helped me with quite a few research papers!
Florida Museum for Women Artists: A museum dedicated to identifying and promoting women in the arts.
Rutgers Institute for Women and Art: Educating about women in the arts and exhibiting work by women artists, the IWA attempts to include women in the mainstream art world and historical record. Also check out their Feminist Art Project.
Feel free to comment if you know of any women-oriented art programs, galleries, or museums you feel should be included in this list!