We at Pen and Brush strongly support the premise that art and literature are vital aspects of the human experience. We also believe that art and literature created by women deserves to be recognized and valued on its merit. We recognize that gender-based inequality in the arts has a much larger historic societal context, but we also recognize that, by concentrating our resources within our sphere of influence, Pen and Brush has the greatest chance of effecting real change for women in the arts by advocating for the merit of their work through our platform while moving them forward into their professional fields.
Pen and Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of female artists and writers to a broader audience with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace. We encourage and mentor emerging professionals and aim to expose the stereotypes and misconceptions that perpetuate gender-based exclusion, lack of recognition and the devaluation of skill that is still experienced by women in the arts.
To promote our advocacy and our mission, we have specifically designed our new facilities to accommodate the exhibition and presentation of all forms of work by women artists and to foster the community for our writers. Our exhibition and publishing programs are strategically designed to champion meritorious work by women artists and writers and actively move them forward in the fields of contemporary art and the publishing landscapes. Through our program initiatives, we mentor artists and writers and expose their work to the public - as exhibitions or publication - and a wide variety of influencers including scholars, collectors, curators, gallerists, agents, publishers, critics, and supporters.
Our transparent vetting process for selecting work provides a pipeline to influencers capable of advocating for the creative output of women in the arts. We believe this strategy can have a tangible and positive impact on the careers of professional female artists and writers and, ultimately, secure a more comprehensive inclusion of women’s voices in the canons of art and literature.
For 124 years Pen + Brush has been dedicated to promoting the work of women in the literary and visual arts. Pen + Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of professional emerging and mid-career female artists and writers to a broader audience with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace. At Pen + Brush, 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.
Learn more about our history and the organization’s extraordinary artists, writers, and advocates through our historic timeline.