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Our History

Founded 119 years ago, The Pen and Brush, Inc. is an international membership organization for women in the visual, literary and performing arts and supporting public members. The Pen and Brush is a vibrant resource for its members, nonmember participants, and a flourishing cultural center for the surrounding community.

The Pen and Brush's archives (1894 - 1934) are stored on microfilm in the Archives of American Art. Click here for information on accessing these records.


Our Goals

Address the inequality of opportunities available to women seeking careers in the arts by providing a dedicated facility for the presentation of their work.

Represent consistently high standards of professionalism in the presentation of art created by women.

Encourage and support young and emerging women artists through scholarships and mentoring.

Provide public access to the work of women artists in a setting that encourages exposure to the variety of art forms.


To Achieve These Objectives

The Pen and Brush will continue to present a variety of events in our new facility opening 2014, including art exhibits, writers' events, panel disucssion and educational events. Most of these events are open to the general public, while some are designed specifically to benefit our membership. Pen and Brush is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For updates to our opening and program schedule, please stay tuned to our main page.

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