Art Is King 2014: Art Business Discussion Panel pt 5
WOMEN IN THE ARTS - where are the women artists?
Some stats to consider:
National Museum of Women in the Arts
· 51% of visual artists today are women.
· Only 28% of museum solo exhibitions spotlighted women in eight selected museums throughout the 2000s.
· Only 27 women are represented in current edition of H.W. Janson’s survey, History of Art—up from zero in the 1980s.
· From 16–19th centuries, women were barred from studying the nude model, which formed the basis for academic training and representation.
· Though women earn half of the MFAs granted in the US, only a quarter of solo exhibitions in New York galleries feature women.
· Women lag behind men in directorships held at museums with budgets over $15 million, holding 24% of art museum director positions and earning 71¢ for every dollar earned by male directors.
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Art is King 2014 Panel Series: Where are the Women Artists?
A week has passed without my Art is King panel inspiration and I find myself fienin’ for more. DTM in true entrepreneurial style kept the time allowing women’s empowerment to construct the cadence of the 5th panel in the series of 8 that after a week off to refresh and recoup will resume tomorrow with more crowning creativity.
Two weeks ago, the all-women’s panel consisting of…
Ann Rowles Founder of the Woman’s Caucus for Art of Georgia
Yun Bai Visual Artist & Painter
Allyssa RocketPower Lewis Animator
Temika Grooms Fine Art Painter, Children’s Book Author & Illustrator
Liz Sanquiche aka Blazon’ Brikhaus
And Curated by: Tracy Murrell
…provided more than enough inspiration and fR.E.A.D.om to hold me down.
The facts stand as Ms. Murrell listed and knowing that according to certain statistics 51% of all artists are women while only 28% of artists represented in museums are women and that on average women in art make $0.71 to the male $1.00—the top bringing in only $0.07 to the male $1.00— is to know that keeping art as king requires an immovable community of women to reign equally as queen.
Holding the most audience and panel discussion during and the loudest buzzzzz of networking to follow this event was the most interactive yet in this series. Ms. Murrell was brilliant in her line of questioning sparking the honest truth about the industry and how the male-dominated scene has thrown its fair share of sexism to these bright and beautiful creatives. Some are fortunate such as Allyssa Lewis, who while animating for series such as (THE UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME!!!) Archer and working in a predominately male environment has found that her coworkers maintain the awareness of their outnumbering effects and work hard to weigh the balance. Others like Yun Bai realize that while some behaviors must be worked around in the knowledge that sexism is apparent in many situations, when she puts dignity and artistic integrity on the forefront she develops a manageable barometer to recognize abuse of that and is not afraid to walk because of it.
Issues due to the gender bender were most definitely not sole focus, however; women’s empowerment and female fortitude were exhibited through inspiration as well. While bittersweet and tough to tow, Liz Sanquiche found a personal situation like her divorce to be the defining moment in her awakening. She trusted us enough to share that while the sadness was heavy, her liberation from the stigmas of needing to worry about others before herself was excavated and her talent set in stone, if you will. The healing followed while her confidence in finding her for the sake of her alone resounded in success.
While the panel could have spanned hours beyond the provided time frame, the essential messages of female empowerment and artistry as a business embody the activism of:
- Exceeding expectations to combat any preconceived notions of your feminine persuasion.
- Being aware that it is not myth that what women do, in general, is perceived as less than, so your brand must represent strongly with the fortitude to surpass the misconceptions.
- Be you within your art and not what others want from you.
- Find your audience, create your own ops and be the organizer so that personal investment propels gain regardless of genre or gender.
- Learn the business and be ready to negotiate as if your life depended on it.
Ms. Murrell closed by asking us to get out of our own heads and commit to the path while our fearless leader showed his advocacy by ensuring that women had a panel reflective of their struggle, their strength, their journeys. Where are the Women Artists?
Well, they can also be found where
Art is King.