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
Pen and Brush Announces 2014 Curators. Learn more about the arts and literary professionals reviewing submissions.
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.
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.
In January of this year, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation staged a lively panel discussion on the enduring disenfranchisement of women in the art market, moderated by the foundation’s director, Quang Bao. In response to Bao’s essay accompanying the podcast of the panel here at artcritical, Janice Sands offers her perspective on gender parity as director of Pen and Brush, the 119-year old nonprofit women’s art organization.