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Art history has a few women Impressionists of note
a sketch of a woman paintingThe Impressionists were a radical group of artists who turned art, as it was known at the time, on its head. By paying attention to light and every day subjects, Impressionists were hard for critics to understand. 

There were only a few women who followed the Impressionist art path. Learn more about 7 of the women Impressionist artists in this article

7 Female Impressionists Every Art History Lover Should Know
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Pat Conway
Pat Conway's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

Bent Sage
22x30 acrylic on paper

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Architecture is behind in equality but these women are breaking through the glass ceiling
Women make up almost half of the students in school for architecture, but only 18% of licensed architects are women. It's a statistic that needs to change. This article looks at 16 women who are fighting the gender discrimination and breaking new ground in the field. Combining art and science, they are paving the way for others to follow. 

The list includes women from around the world who are building structures in just as many countries across the globe. From homes built into the mountainside, or created from mirrors to appear as though it's part of the forest, to art galleries and high rises, these women are leading the way in new ways of creating buildings. 

Join us for a discussion on equality in the arts in our Facebook group

16 Women Breaking New Ground in Architecture
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A new place for art in Manhattan
A night view of Manhattan from across the waterManhattan's elevated outdoor walkway is opening a section dedicated to works of art. This new area will feature a new commission every 18 months. 

The first piece of art to be installed will happen this spring. A Brick House is a 16 foot bronze bust by Simone Leigh. The chief curator for this space says, "Leigh's practice conveys a reckoning with contemporary and historical relationships between the body, architecture, and society, as well as with questions as to whose visages and experiences we monumentalize in our public squares."

Leigh's work will be on display from April 2019 to September 2020. 

Artist Simone Leigh Will Create a Towering Bust for The High Line's First Plinth Commission
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Shaun Gilmore
Shaun Gilmore's work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

Hand and Name, archival ink and acrylic on mylar vellum. 2017
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Anni Albers left lessons to live by
Anni Albers was born in Berlin in 1899. Encouraged to follow the traditional female role, she rebelled against her family and society to follow her own wishes. She took lessons in a variety of art forms before working in textiles. It was largely from her work that textiles became seen as an "art form". At the time, it was just a "craft", but she worked to change that view. 

In this article, we see seven life lessons gleaned from her life, her work and her art. 

Once you've read through the article, hop over to our Facebook Group to join the conversation there. How do you feel about the life lessons the author gleaned from her life? 

Seven Life Lessons From Anni Albers
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Separating the art and the artist
The sexual "misdeeds" of some of history's best known male artists, and the work of museums to gloss over these truths, are being forced into the spotlight by artist Michelle Hartney.

She recently visited the Met and put up her own labels on some of the paintings. She directs viewers to understand the lives that some of these worshiped men led and how it impacted women then and now. Hartney argues that you can appreciate the talent of their art, while refusing to like and accept the way that women were treated by the artist. 

Read more about Michelle Harney's stance and her performance at the Met in this article. 

'Museums Almost Infantalize Viewers': A Guerrilla Artist Puts Up Her Own Wall Labels at the Met to Expose Male Artists' Bad Behavior
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Ilona Halderman
Ilona Halderman's work can be found in a Room of Her Own.

Mysticism glass tile collage

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Belated recognition of Hungarian artists
Although artists in Hungary the 60s and 70s, when communism ruled, sometimes managed to learn what was happening in the art world around the globe, they weren't able to make a living from their art if they didn't "toe the party line". And most didn't receive the recognition they deserved, even after the Iron Curtain parted. 

A book has been written about the artists whose work is now being recognized and this article gives the highlights. 

Have you joined our Facebook Group? Join us there to contribute to the discussion. 

Once Toiling Behind the Iron Curtain, Hungary's Radical Women Artists are Finally Getting the Recognition They Deserve
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Not creating objects but exhibitions
Julie Ault is a curator, writer, and artist. She describes her art not as the creation of objects, but as the creation of exhibitions. She was a founding member of, and driving force behind, Group Material, a collective that pioneered new methods of presenting art. They challenged the way museums presented art and changed the norms. 

Watch the short video on Julie Ault in this link and learn why she was chosen as the MacArthur Fellow this year.

MacArthur Fellows Program - Julie Ault
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Sandy Keller
Sandy Keller's work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

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An interview with feminist art historian Linda Nochlin
wave painting on cobblestonesLinda Nochlin was an academic and feminist art historian. She wrote a well known essay entitled, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" that addressed the issue of women in the arts throughout history. She passed away in 2017, but before her death, gave an in depth interview that discusses the role of women in the arts, how oppression impacts culture, and her personal friendships with a variety of well-known people. 

The full interview is in this link (as well as a transcript of the interview if you prefer to read.)

Jump over to our Facebook Group to discuss the article once you've had a chance to listen to the interview. 

Linda Nochlin Explores the Role of Women in the Arts in a Previously Unaired Interview
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A new database of female artists
a computer made out of stoneFemale artists of history were often overlooked during their lives, but even for those who were successful in life, many have been forgotten since their deaths. Various projects around the globe have tried to address this issue, but a new database aims to compile all women artists from the 15th to the 19th centuries in an online, illustrated database. 

This article discusses the issues surrounding the lack of knowledge of female artists and what this new database aims to achieve with its project. 

A New Illustrated Database for Women Artists Spans the 15th to 19th Centuries

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NM Women in the Arts Artist Dara Mark
Dara Mark's work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

Day Lilies
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Success early on and sustaining it
Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Cecily Brown are nearly 15 years apart in age, but both are experiencing success within the art world. This article is really a case study of each of the artists to examine how they've risen to such impressive levels of success and how they're each sustaining their success in mid career. 

Once you've had a chance to read the article, head over to our Facebook group to share your opinion on the trajectory of these two artists. 

How Do You Build a Sustainable Art Career? We Examine Case Studies of Two Star Artists.
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Agnes Martin uncovered as philanthropist
Agnes Martin, one of the 20th century's most influential artists, didn't like to be in the spotlight. Some say she was a recluse. Others note the connections she made with the communities in which she lived throughout her life regardless of the fact that she always lived alone. After many decades of work, she achieved success. She then engaged in quiet philanthropy and never took credit for her gifts. Now, some of it has come to light thanks to a new book on her life. 

This article is an interview with the author of the new book and talks about Agnes' life, living with schizophrenia, her art, her philanthropy and her success.   

A New Book on Agnes Martin Reveals Her Previously Unknown Philanthropy 
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Arlene Cisneros Sena
Arlene Cisneros Sena's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

El Casorio
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A younger sibling finally gets her due
Georgia O'Keefe was a successful artist with regular shows in New York and elsewhere in the 20s and 30s which was a time that it was nearly unheard of for women to achieve such standing. Part of her success was due to her husband who was a famed gallerist and photographer and paved the way to her receiving her own shows. 

But Georgia also had a younger, very talented, but not as successful sister. This article introduces us to Ida, her work and why she didn't achieve the same level of success as Georgia. 

Once you've read the article, join us in our Facebook Group to discuss. 

Georgia O'Keefe's Sister Ida Was an Artist Too - And Now Her Work is Finally Emerging From Her Domineering Sibling's Shadow
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Aretha Franklin left a lasting legacy
An image of Aretha Franklin from her younger daysAretha Franklin, known for her musical talents, died in August this year. Her contributions to music will be sorely missed. But beyond her artistry, she was also a truth teller and a freedom fighter, speaking out for what she believed in and against what she knew to be wrong. 

This article highlights some of her possibly lesser known actions that made significant differences to individuals, and to the collective conscience of our society.  

Aretha Franklin - Musical Genius, Truth Teller, Freedom Fighter

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NM Women in the Arts Artist Jill Christian
Jill Christian's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

Acrylic on panel, 35.5" x 35.5"

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The work of female surrealists reaching a tipping point
There has recently been an increase in interest in the work of female surrealists from buyers, curators, academics and collectors. The artists challenged sexual and gender boundaries at a time when that wasn't done, and only now are they being lauded for their work and the changes they helped to bring. 

This article highlights some of the female surrealist painters who went against the grain of the times and of their male counterparts to start a movement that is still going today and looks at why their paintings are now being sought by collectors and curators.  

Do you agree that the market has finally reached a tipping point for Female Surrealists? Join us in our Facebook Group to discuss this topic. 

The Market for Female Surrealists Has Finally Reached A Tipping Point
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Judy Chicago hits home with past work
Judy Chicago stands on a balcony holding a glass of wineIn the 80s, Judy Chicago created a series of work that she called PowerPlay where she captured male bodies caught between aggressive self-assertion and vulnerability. At the time, the works didn't hit home with many. But that's taken a turn recently. 

The artist posted images of some well-known male politicians recently in the news juxtaposed with three of her paintings from the 80s. It struck a chord and brought PowerPlay back into the spotlight. 

Read more about how, and why, PowerPlay has hit home with so many and what the artist has to say about it all in this article. 

What Judy Chicago's Work Reveals About Toxic Masculinity 
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Annie OBrien Gonzales
Annie O'Brien Gonzales' work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

Anything Goes
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Female Artists Making a Statement in Land Art
a rolling field Within Western art, the 60s and 70s were groundbreaking in that artists began to use the land as part of their art. Although it had been done for centuries in other parts of the world, it was a revolutionary idea here. 

This article lists ten female land artists who transformed the way we look at art and made significant advancements in their field. 

Once you've read the article, why not hop over to our Facebook Group and leave your thoughts on earthworks and land art. 

10 Female Land Artists You Should Know

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An Interview with Paula Castillo
a welding torch with flame over metal"Paula Castillo is a priestess of modern metallurgy, recombining the scrap and detritus of Industry into abstract sculptures that quietly reckon with earth and man." 

This article includes a studio visit and in depth interview into her work, her life and why she creates what she does. She admits to being involved in other artistic endeavors including video (which she does anonymously) though she is best known for her metal work. 

She lives and works in New Mexico and has been involved with our organization for some time. 

Studio Visit - Paula Castillo 
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Janice Wall
Janice Wall's work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

Industrial Burn, Mixed Media 
Layered Paper Monoprint, 24" x 24" x 2"

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Marketing yourself
If you want to create a business out of your art, you need to reach people who might want to buy. This article gives advice to artists on marketing themselves and is worth a read. 

It includes topics such as:
  • Honing your voice
  • Tapping your friends for market research
  • Using the tools you're comfortable with
  • Experimenting with different types of posts
Once you've had time to go through their advice, head over to our Facebook Group to discuss the advice given and add any of your own that you think others could benefit from. 

How to Market Yourself as an Artist
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An announcement of a painting for auction raises the topic of equality
An auction house in Vienna is selling a significant painting by Artemisia Gentileschi. "Lucretia", the painting on auction, has been in an aristocratic collection since the 19th century. 

This article raises the topics that so many of us have been working for, equal representation in the art world, equal pay in the museum world, and suggests that paintings such as Lucretia are increasingly relevant during this period of time.  

Deciphering the Genius of Artemisia Gentileschi During the #MeToo Movement
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Mary Kay Boulton
Mary Kay Boulton's work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

Bakelite Tote
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Questioning shows featuring only women artists
It's an interesting question. Do all-women art shows help the issues of gender disparity within the art world or do they further segregate art from each gender?

In this article, curators discuss the question and give their opinions on how all-women shows are helping, or hurting the cause. 

From arguments of these events being highly marketable, to the fact that for decades, many shows were all-men without being sold as such, these curators cover a range of topics. 

Read the article for the full discussion. Then head over to our Facebook group to share your thoughts on this topic. Do you participate in all-women art shows? Do you think they are helping the issues surrounding gender disparity? 

Curators Debate the Pros and Cons of All-Women's Art Shows
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Differences and similarities captured in photographs
a camouflage pattern shown up closePhotographer Sarah Blesener traveled through Russia capturing images of the children and youth involved in the patriotic clubs and camps in the country. Her work was published in America, but she found that headlines were sensationalized and the true message that she was trying to convey was completely overlooked. 

So, she took to the patriotic camps and clubs for American youth and captured images here, on American soil to show the similarities between the two countries and highlight organizations that many don't even know exist. 

Read more about her work and her message in this article

In Sarah Blesener's Photographs, Youth Patriotism in America and Russia Bear a Striking Resemblance 

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NM Women in the Arts Artist Mary Oishi
Mary Oishi's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

Spirit Birds They Told Me
West End Press, 2011
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Gender disparity issues in photography
At this year's Recontres d'Arles, only 34% of photographers were women. A number of leaders in the profession decided to write an open letter to the event organizers to protest the gender disparity. 

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the festival, and the letter calls for equality to be brought into the festival. 

This article looks at the gender disparity, but also brings up the question of how change can be brought about without setting quotas or being accused of "positive discrimination". 

After you've read the article, join us in our Facebook Group to discuss the issues facing women photographers and how change can occur. What would you suggest the event organizers do to increase the number of women photographers involved in Recontres d'Arles?

Gender Disparity at the Recontres d'Arles Spurs a Debate About the Status of Women in Photography
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Anna Hyatt Huntington created the first sculpture of a woman in NYC
Unveiled over 100 years ago, the first monument in New York City that was created by a woman was of a woman - a bronze statue of Joan of Arc. 

Now that the city is looking to improve the number of female sculpture subjects, it's worth taking a look at the first one to grace the streets of New York. 

This article looks into the life and work of Anna Hyatt Huntington, the creator of the Joan of Arc sculpture that became a call to stand up for the rights of women. She was among the highest paid professional women in the United States at that time for her animal sculptures, married later in life and refused to stop learning. 

New York's First Feminist Monument is Hiding in Plain Sight
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Signe Stuart
Signe Stuart's work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

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Portraits of Fiber Art
strands of colorful cord hang downCayce Zavaglia creates portraits of people with fiber art.

She says, "I can't do portraits of people that I'm not connected to. I think there's something about doing people that I know intimately, that puts something in the portrait that I can't put into words... or I don't want to put into words, because I want to keep it private. But making the portrait, says everything I can't say with words" says Zavaglia. 

Studios: 'Verso' - The Embroidery of Artist Cayce Zavaglia
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Art as a business
a laptop sits on a desk with the word dream spelled out beside itCan an artist also be a good business person? Absolutely. And this article looks at some of the key areas to focus on: 
  • Be smart about financials
  • Work the numbers
  • Understand the diverse considerations of growth
  • Build a support system
"Building a business can be a different form of creativity, a kind of "living canvas" that is constantly evolving and requires multiple creative choices every day." 

After you've had a moment to read the article, why not head over to our Facebook group and join the conversation on running your studio like a business. 

The Surprising Key to Artistic Freedom? Running Your Studio Like a Business.
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Rebecca Anthony
Rebecca Anthony's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

Native New Mexicans
Paper Collage 14" x 11"

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A Muse to Picasso and an artist in her own right
Francoise Gilot spent a decade of her life with Pablo Picasso. They had two children together and she was known as his muse. But she is a talented artist in her own right. 

She has just released three books of her drawings, documenting her time in Senegal, India and Venice. The drawings are often not quite finished, and the artist says it was intentional. 

Read more about Gilot's life and her art in this article

Picasso's Former Muse Francoise Gilot, Now 96, Debuts Worldly Drawings of Her Own - See Them Here
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A different kind of art sale is accepting submissions
a stack of coinsThere is a new campaign that aims to expose the relationship between economic inequality in the art market and the growing debt burden that artists carry. 

"Debtfair" is run by Occupy Museums and 516 ARTS. New Mexico-based artists are being "invited to collectively exhibit their artwork within the context of their economic realities." 

The open call process is now open and the submission information can be found on this website. The selected artwork will be for sale, but in an usual way. Works will be sold in groups, the same way that debts are often sold. The proceeds from each batch will be divided between the artists in the batch. 

Once you've had a chance to look through the information, join us in our Facebook Group. Is this something that you'd be interested in? Tell us why you feel as you do!  

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NM Women in the Arts Artist Spotlight
Lisa Porter Lawrence's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

art by Lisa Porter Lawrence

Lisa Porter Lawrence, Sortie
Acrylic on Canvas 26" x 26"

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New documentary follows the life and work of Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama is one of the best known artists of our time. People stand in line for hours to view her Infinity series. But she has led a a graphic represents Kusama with red hair and a red polka dot backgrounddifficult and complicated life. 

Beginning with an unhappy childhood in Japan, moving to overt sexism in America, and battles with mental health, she has overcome so much to create her art. 

A new documentary looks at her life, her struggles and her success. Heather Lenz, the documentary filmmaker who decided to tackle Kusama's story, did so as a fan of Kusama's. And she ran into some of the same sex and race barriers that hindered Kusama's progress. 

Read more about the Yayoi Kusama and the documentary that Heather Lenz has created in this article. When you've had a chance to enjoy the article, jump over to our Facebook Group to share your thoughts. Is Yayoi Kusama an artist you learned about in school? Have you faced similar barriers in your work? 

'Kusama: Infinity' reveals the story behind one of the most popular artists in the world
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A legacy questioned for meaning
Francesca Woodman died at the age of 22 of suicide. It was 1981 and her large body of photography had yet to be appreciated for the artistry it held. 

Her parents, both artists, kept her work alive and became stewards of her legacy. Although she left journals along with her photographs, there are many opinions on the meaning behind her work. She experimented with techniques not used extensively during the 70s, and some of the outcomes have led people to see meaning in the images that others wonder if it was intended. 

Read more about Francesca Woodman's photographs, her artistry and her legacy in this article

Reevaluating Francesca Woodman, Whose Early Death Haunts Her Groundbreaking Images
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A garden outlives its beloved owner
A close up of green leaf lettuceGeorgia O'Keeffe was well known for her love of healthy food and fresh fruit and vegetables. She was rumored to complain about her lettuce wilting from the long trip between the farmer's market and her home. So, in 1945, she purchased a property that, after much hard work, would allow her to have her own garden for fresh produce. 

And that garden is still producing, cared for by descendants of O'Keeffe's own gardener. The garden is now overseen by the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and cared for by the grandchildren of the original gardener. 

What other aspects of Georgia O'Keeffe's life have you found interesting? After you've read the article on her garden, why not visit our Facebook Group and share your thoughts? 

How Georgia O'Keeffe's Garden Keeps Growing, Three Decades After Her Death
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Fighting xenophobia and other issues
After Brexit brought into the open anti-immigrant rhetoric and xenophobia, two women artists came up with an idea to fight the 'pale, male, and stale' art world. 

They created a series of shows with other women and non-binary artists of color to show connections from different cultural identities to overcome the issues that are all around. 

To see some of the artwork in the current show, and read what some of the artists have to say about the show and their involvement in it, visit this article

Subversive Artwork That Breaks Free of the 'Pale, Male, and Stale' Art world
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A female photographer made a name for herself during WWII
Lee Miller began her career after being pulled out of the path of a vehicle by mega-publisher Conde Montrose Nast. She graced the cover of Vogue at the age of 19. But she quickly grew from model to photographer, convincing a well-known photographer to be her teacher (despite him adamantly stating that he didn't take students). 

She had just settled in England when the country entered the Second World War which opened the door for her to become one of the few female war photographers of her time. 

Read more about her life and work in this article

The Vogue Model Who Photographed World War II - and Became a Surrealist Icon

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NM Women in the Arts Artist Spotlight
Jeanette Cook's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

A piece of art by Jeanette Cook

Jeanette Cook
Simplify and Complete

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A new prize for women in comedy writing
Shelves of colorful booksIn the past 18 years, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction has been awarded to a woman only three times. In response, Helen Lederer has launched the Comedy Women in Print Prize. She says that "more needs to be done to celebrate the achievements of women excelling in this field." She also hopes that the prize would "bring forward the next generation of female talent as well as shine a light on women who have an established comedy writing career." 

Read more about Helen Lederer's achievements and the Comedy Women in Print Prize in this article

What else do you think can be done to bring about greater equality in the arts? Jump over to our Facebook Group and join the conversation. 

Helen Lederer launches prize for funny female writers. 
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Images that mean more today than they did when created
Sixteen years ago, Nika Nesgoda took a series of photographs in which she staged religious scenes from old paintings and cast porn stars in the role of the Virgin Mary. One of her images featured Stormy Daniels, who has been in the news in recent months. Because of this, and because of the >>> of her work at this point in time, her images are now on display. 

About the reasons for this series, the artist said, "like the Virgin Mary, porn stars are icons. They are a cultural force, but they are rarely thought of as real people. They aren't expected to have personality or humanity. If we look at them, we don't really see them." 

Read more about Nesgoda's series and how it's applicable to everything happening in America today. Find the article here.

This Artist Took a Photo of Stormy Daniels as the Virgin Mary. Now the 16-Year-Old Work is Having a Renaissance.
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Louise Bourgeois leaves teachings on being an artist
Louise Bourgeois accomplished more in her art during her lifetime than many can dream of. In this article, many of her teachings on "how to be an artist" are compiled. Though it wasn't a topic that she necessarily wrote about in one long article, her letters, musings and other writings certainly give some specific direction for artists. 

One of the more poignant lessons, Never Stop Making Art, is especially meaningful as Bourgeois continued to create until her death at the age of 98. There are some other good reminders for us all, no matter how long we have been working in the arts. 

What lessons would you want gleaned from your life as an artist? Jump over to our Facebook group to share your thoughts. 

How to Be an Artist, According to Louise Bourgeois
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