Pen and Brush is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a platform for women in the literary and visual arts by showcasing high-quality, professional work. We believe that art and literature created by women deserves to be recognized and valued on its merit – not judged by the gender of the maker.Our Vision Donate
Our new state-of-the-art facilities will accommodate the exhibition of all forms of visual arts and promote our electronic literary publications under our imprint, P&B Books. We are anticipating the first exhibition and publications at the beginning of 2015.Learn More
Read the first interview in this ongoing series where our curators share their experience and perspectives on the field and their work with P+B.
Learn more about the arts and literary professionals reviewing submissions for exhibtions and publications in 2015.
Celebrating 120 years with the acquisition of new space, our new facility is undergoing a complete renovation. When we open our 5,500 square foot space later this year, we will present exceptional work by women to collectors, curators, editors, agents, publishers, and the public.
Rick Kinsel, Executive Director of the Vilcek Foundation, has over twenty years of experience in the art world and happens to be among the distinguished first group of Visual Arts Curators supporting the launch of Pen and Brush’s new programming. His work in both the for-profit and not-for profit sectors includes time at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Coty, Inc. Here’s what Rick has to say about the evolving art world, his thoughts on the need for parity, what emerging and mid-career artists need to know to succeed, and more.
With the pervasiveness of gender inequality in nearly every arena, it's heartening to know that there are passionate individuals and organizations out there working hard to affect change. Nonprofit groups like VIDA: Women in Literary Arts are leading the charge, effectively "calling out" those in positions of power to give opportunities to talented women.
This month, Pen and Brush, a nonprofit that showcases work by female artists and writers, is celebrating its 120th anniversary by breaking with its past. The organization, which tries to further women’s careers by introducing their work to the public, gallery owners and curators, is changing its selection process as well as how and where the work is shown.
Nicholas D. Kristof wrote in his recent New York Times "Twitter, Women and Power", that, on the eve of Twitter's IPO, it has become abundantly clear that the organization's board suffers from a huge gender imbalance. Not a single woman sits on Twitter's board -- an all too familiar trend, as Kristof points out, as women comprise only 18 percent of board seats among Fortune 500 companies.