Edmonia Lewis – Neo Classical Sculptor and Woman of Color

6/11/18 Born in Greenbush, NY in 1844 Edmonia Lewis became the first professional sculptor of African/Native American and Ojibwe heritage. Her work speaks to emancipation and revolved around aspects of the Civil War and abolitionist movement. Edmonia did not come from an affluent family. In fact she lost both her parents at the age of […]

Harriet Hosmer 19th Century Sculptor

5/28/18 Harriet Hosmer although not widely recognized is considered one the most distinguished American sculptors of the 19th Century. Born in Massachusetts in 1830 she was raised by her father after the age of 12 when her mother and 3 siblings passed away. Harriet was rather tomboyish in nature and was encouraged by her father […]

Fatima Ronquillo A not so “Old Master”

5/10/18 Fatima Ronquillo emigrated to Texas from the Philippines when she was 11. She is a self-taught artist who without awareness, began her training when she entered Junior High School. I came across Ms. Ronquillo’s work on Instagram in a post by the AWA Foundation announcing a group show in Santa Fe, NM which includes […]

Anne Vallayer – Coster (1744 – 1818)

3/29/18 Still life painting in the 17th and 18th Century was often done to demonstrate technical skill. The genre on it’s own has a curious and rich history that didn’t always receive acknowledgement or public support. When you add in being a female painter at that time in history, it’s quite remarkable that women persevered […]

Eva Hesse – A Post Minimalist Leader

3/5/18 So often in life, it’s through tragedy that evolution and creativity emerge. This seems like a constant theme with artists. Eva Hesse, had a short lived but provocative career. She is credited with being one of the first artists to move from Minimalism to Post Minimalism. Post Minimalist work uses Minimalism as a starting […]

16th Century Feminist – Artemisia Gentileschi

1/30/18 Women throughout history have often fought for their place in what’s historically been a male dominated world. Forms of abuse or suppression from full participation in life are apt motivators toward rebellion of all kinds. For Artemisia Gentileschi like many other women artists the story isn’t so different. Born in 1593 she was the […]

The Shaped Canvas – Elizabeth Murray

1/24/18 Grafitti Art, Pop Art? What is it? Elizabeth Murray is recorded as being part of the Neo-expressionist period. I’m not sure I totally agree with that as she seems to me a little less easy to define. Murray, set out to become an illustrator in the late 50’s. Her mother had wanted to be […]