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Panel Presentation on the Current State of Women Artists in the Art World.

February 15, 2013
Guerilla Girls Poster from 2007

Guerilla Girls Poster from 2007

Brenda Oelbaum attended a presentation at the Women’s Caucus for Art conference in New York. Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, informed the audience about the current state of women artists in the art world. Above is poster created by the Guerilla Girls to reveal how the sad truth about how few women artists are represented in national museums. Below are some stunning statistics for women artist’s representation in U.S. They aren’t as great as we had hoped.

-Percentage of visual artists working today who are women – 46%
-Percentage of work on U.S. museum walls today by women artists -5%
-National Gallery, Washington, DC – 2%
-Museum of Modern Art NY – 7%
National Museum of Women in the Arts – 100%
-Percentage of solo exhibitions in the U.S. featuring women artists – 2%

-Gender distribution of visual artists featured in art books today
Women – 10% Men – 90%

National Museum of Women in the Arts

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