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How WoArt got started.
I am always getting asked about how I find the artists that I feature on the @woartblog Instagram account. I started the account last June (2018) for a few reasons. One, I felt it was a great platform to provide further traffic and promotion of the interviews I was already doing. It also allowed me to feature women who are creating incredible work that maybe are no longer living, or speak other languages for example, it freed me up to feature any work that I personally found inspiring.
I didn’t want to make just another account that’s featuring artists work however. I really wanted to create something a little different. So I decided I would run the account like a blog. Each day posting usually 3, although occasionally only 2 posts that revolved around something I was doing or thinking about that day, perhaps a holiday theme or something going on in the Art World etc. So posts are carefully curated to relate to each other and have daily themes.
In doing this blog/Instagram I feel it’s really important to give credit where credit it due. Too many other accounts post the artists work, but don’t tag the artists and/or don’t share where they found their content if it’s a repost. It’s not easy curating and researching all this, so I feel it’s really important to share, and that’s really the whole point, sharing! I don’t see these accounts as competition, but more as collaborators. We all have the goal of promoting artwork we feel deserves the attention, and this is a list of the accounts I personally found the most inspiration from this year. Enjoy, follow, and help us all spread the word about the art and content that we love and appreciate so much.
National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum worldwide solely dedicated to championing women in the arts. They feature contemporary established artists, rising stars to forgotten women artist pioneers.
Creator of #5WomenArtists.
This account is really awesome and has quickly become a favorite of mine. It’s not all female based but we seem to share an eye for that “slightly odd” style of art, heavy in texture and process.. Run by Flair Robinson. Artists watching artists.
Run by artist/curator/writer and friend Etty Yaniv. She writes about shows, interviews artists, and has an exceptional eye.
They feature all kinds of strong, smart, dedicated and inventive women from politicians, celebrities, scientists, writers, all kinds of creatives and yes, even artists! Mixed in with inspiring quote posts and great book recommendations, a great account to follow for inspiration. Business that moves you #breakthefuture
Turning jealousy into get-your-ass-back-in-the-studio inspiration ~ since 2009 Run by Danielle Krysa, she has a wonderful blog, podcast and multiple books out, the latest one “A Big Important Art Book: Now with Women” features all female artists. We obviously have a shared passion for supporting women artists, although her blog is not gender exclusive. She features mostly work with a certain design-style and/or “craft” element which is where we obviously have a shared aesthetic taste.
Annual publication profiling women in the visual arts. If you follow @woartblog, you’d probably also love them. I like that they mix up posts of artwork with pictures of the artists themselves. They’re a favorite account for sure, make sure to check them out.
“Our experts scour the globe looking for great art by extraordinary artists.” I love that they not only feature a wide range of art but beautiful ways in which people live with art in their homes and even have the occasional giveaway!
Celebrating female art daily run by writer, speaker and curator Katy Hessel.
A website covering solo exhibitions of female artists in NYC. A great account to follow to see what’s up in NY and that you might want to also go see!
Recognition for female artists practicing today and remembering those who paved the way.
Platform focused on promoting new languages in contemporary sculpture. They lean towards a slightly minimal aesthetic all very high quality work, not all female artists, but they have been a great resource to discover some!
NYC-based painting blogazine edited by Sharon Butler. Check out their website to see write ups about great shows and artists, primarily in NYC.
And of course, if you’re not following me at @woartblog please do!
I will be giving some shoutouts to the past interviewees who have some really amazing news to share, new interviews planned and coming up, and will be continuing to do my best to promote and share the work of women artists who I draw personal inspiration from. I am so glad that you all have loved it as much as I love doing it.
The best gift you can give if you enjoy this list, the blog and/or Instagram is share it. Share it with your friends and help share the knowledge and appreciation of the artists.
Happy New Years everyone, looking forward to 2019!