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Women put out by 'inequity' in the art market

Cherie Redlinger, artist and printmaker
Cherie Redlinger, artist and printmaker -

Cherie Redlinger, a local artist and leader in the national women arts movement informed me about a “Swan Day event.” If you are a woman or otherwise, you should know what that is.

“SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. Be a part of SWAN Day by creating or participating in a local event or online activity that celebrates women artists!”

According to the article that Cherie referenced, it says half the artists in visual arts are women and that they are more highly credentialed than men. However, women get cheated when it comes to showing their work in the big galleries.

Well, that is not the case with Arlington Artist Alliance members at Gallery Underground and among other Arlington Arts venues where women clearly hold the leadership positions and corner on exhibitions. That is a good thing by example.

Yet, as the forum points out, there is a legacy and historical problem to be overcome.

Gaining equality and social equity remains a challenge, including electing many more women to public office. This is where art and politics intersect.

“SWAN DAY EVENT: The Price of Being Female: Women Artists and The Art Market

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 3:00 pm. to 5:00 pm
Capitol Arts Network, 12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville,MD 20852
Free and Open to the Public

Half of the visual artists working today are women. There are more women in Master of Fine Arts programs than men, and women occupy key positions in museums, galleries and art institutions worldwide.

Despite these successes, only 2% of solo art exhibitions in the U.S. feature women artists. In most major metropolitan museums, more than 97% of the artists displayed in the modern art galleries are men. The ratio of success favors men by 3:1 as defined by awards, exhibition opportunities, critical reviews, museum shows and price of artworks sold at the major auction houses. In today's art world, women artists continue to be under-recognized, under-representated and under-paid.

What efforts are being done to improve these numbers? How are women artists addressing the issue? And what role can art collectors play in helping to increase the value of the work of women artists.

In recognition of Women's History Month and in observation of the Seventh International Support Women Artists Now Day, the Artinista Art Advisory in cooperation with the Capitol Arts Network presents a panel presentation to explore the issue of women artists in the art market. In addition to the presentation, light refreshments will be available and served.”

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