The next time you visit a fine art gallery, make a point to support women artists. Approximately 53% of art exhibits showcase over 500 paintings, sculptures, and other works of art. The fact remains, however, that most art galleries contain predominately male works, with just 30% of artworks contributed by females.
Thankfully, the tide is turning. Collectors are investing in more female artists. More female artists are showcasing their work, and some galleries are even hosting all-women exhibitions.
Here are a few things you can do to make sure this growth continues, and women finally get their due:
The simplest and most effective way to support women artists is to show up. Check art galleries’ websites or local art news sites for collections in your area featuring women. Women are less likely to have solo exhibits, so do your part to make sure they’re well-received and well-attended! Similarly, all-women art shows are rare. Invite friends and family to enjoy these events with you, or suggest an all-women exhibit or show to your local art dealer or art exhibition staff.
Right now, male artists tend to get the spotlight. Bring attention to female artists by learning about them. Esteemed, award-winning artist Linda Kohen, for example, garnered enough press and favor to have more than a dozen individual shows from 1991 to 2013. Her works have been showcased in the U.S., as well as Argentina, Spain, and Uruguay. Follow Kohen’s and other women’s careers, tell your friends about your favorite women artists, and encourage them to help spread the word, too.
Change the Conversation
According to ARTnews, “Women still get less coverage than men in magazines and other periodicals.” What’s more, “Male artists are also, more often than not, featured in the advertisements and on the covers of art magazines.” Attending collections showcasing women is a great start. The next step is to speak up. Right now, the lack of women featured in media outlets is hurting them. Encourage art magazines to feature women’s shows and collections, write letters to the editor addressing the disparity and highlight the importance of readers and art collectors investing in women’s works and attending their shows.
Historically, women’s art isn’t as well-known or well-showcased as their male counterparts. That’s starting to change. Keep the tide turning in the right direction by attending women’s individual and group art exhibits, learning about female artists and investing in their careers, and spreading the word to friends, family, and the media.