Pen and Brush: Open Call


Deadline:31st December, 2015

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 – not judged by the gender of the maker.

Pen and Brush is now accepting visual art and literary works on a rolling basis, for exhibition and publication in 2015. All works will be reviewed and selected by art world and literary professionals working to support our vision. Our opportunities are open to all professional women artists and writers internationally.

For over 120 years, Pen and Brush, has been the only international nonprofit organization offering an outlet for women in both the literary and visual arts in the city of New York. This year will mark the start of a new era for our organization with a new programming initiative and a renewed focus on advocacy, mentoring, and the presentation of high-quality, professional work by female artists and writers. We have adapted best practices from curatorial and publishing models. We have used this intelligence to create a vetting system that offers our curators the chance to select work each believes has merit and is deserving of exposure.

We have the honor of working with a diverse group of visual and literary arts curators, who will not only support the Pen and Brush mission of advocating for gender parity in the arts, but also help provide Pen and Brush’s writers and artists with greater access and visibility in the marketplace. (You can learn more on the Curator’s page of our website).

When we open our 5,500 square foot space in 2015, we will present exceptional work by women to collectors, curators, editors, agents, publishers, and the public. These exhibitions, publications, readings and events will reflect the diversity of content and media found in the work of women artists and writers – and we will present a lot of it, debunking the notion that there simply aren’t enough women consistently producing professional, compelling work.

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.

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