Can You Name Five Women Artists?

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Milwaukee Art Museum is joining the National Museum of Women in the Arts in their effort to address the persisting gender imbalance in the art world and highlight more women artists. Though kicking off in March, these efforts will extend far beyond a single month, with special programming focused on female artists all year.

Through the #5WomenArtists campaign, the Museum has pledged to:

  • Organize an exhibition around the work of a woman artist
  • Acquire a new artwork by a woman artist for the Collection
  • Highlight more women artists on social media throughout the year.

So, how are we fulfilling this pledge?

Sara Cwynar: Image Model Muse

In her first solo U.S. exhibition, Cwynar offers feminist perspectives on consumer culture, and reveals the ways in which commercial objects can stand in for larger systems of power. The exhibition, on view between March 8–August 4, 2019, in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts, features three of the artist’s most recent films and a series of related photographs.

Sara Cwynar, Tracy (Cezanne), 2017. Dye sublimation print on aluminum mounted on Dibond, 43 x 54 in. Courtesy of the artist, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Foxy Production, New York. © Sara Cwynar

Recent Acquisitions

The Museum recently acquired Woman Crying #18 by Anne Collier. You can see it on view in the Contemporary Art Galleries.

Anne Collier, Woman Crying #18, 2018. Purchase, with funds in memory of Betty Croasdaile and John E. Julien. Photo by
Lisa Sutcliffe.

In the past year, the Museum acquired works by many female artists, including Margery Austen Ryerson, Betty Gold, Deana Lawson, Howardena Pindell, and Alessandra Sanguinetti.


Follow the Milwaukee Art Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and look for our posts with #5WomenArtists. We will be sharing artworks made by women artists from our Collection, along with facts about the artists’ careers, artistic styles, and personal lives, this month and beyond.


Celebrate Women Artists at the Museum

Who run the [art] world? Historically, men. But, despite an enduring lack of public recognition and acclaim, our Collection shows that women artists have helped shape the art world throughout time, using their talents to not only reflect the world around them, but also challenge conventions, make bold statements, and speak to the female experience.

Below are just a few of the works by women artists currently on view. Stop by the Museum to see them in person, in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Sofonisba Anguissola (Italian, 1532–1625), The Artist’s Sister Minerva Anguissola, ca. 1564. Layton Art Collection Inc., Gift of the family of Mrs. Frederick Vogel Jr. L1952.1. Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Gabriele Münter (German, 1877–1962), Girl with Doll, 1908–09. Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1966.165. Photo credit: Efraim Lev-er. ©2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986), Series I—No. 3, 1918. Gift of Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation and the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation M1997.192. Photo credit: Larry Sanders. © Milwaukee Art Museum
Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011), Hotel Cro-Magnon, 1958. Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1966.153. © 2010 Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Eva Hesse (American, b. Germany, 1936–1970), Right After, 1969. Gift of Friends of Art M1970.27. Photo credit: Larry Sanders. © The Estate of Eva Hesse. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
Agnes Martin (American, b. Canada, 1912–2004), Untitled #10, 1977. Gift of Friends of Art M1981.6. Photo credit: Efraim Lev-er. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Kiki Smith (American, b. Germany, 1954), Honeywax, 1995. Gift of the Contemporary Art Society M1996.5. Photo credit: PaceWildenstein Gallery. © Kiki Smith, courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York
Sylvia Levine (English, 1911–1998), Untitled, 1986. Gift of Anthony Petullo M2012.125. Photo credit: Larry Sanders
Sylvette David (French, b. 1934, active in England), The Mermaid, n.d. Gift of Anthony Petullo M2012.25. Photo credit: John R. Glembin. © Lydia Corbett
Beth Lipman (American, b. 1971), Laid Table (Still Life with Metal Pitcher), 2007. Purchase, Jill and Jack Pelisek Endowment, Jack Pelisek Funds, and various donors by exchange M2009.48. Photo credit: John R. Glembin. © Beth Lipman
Michelle Grabner (American, b. 1962), Untitled, 2007. Purchase, Doerfler Fund M2008.74. Photo credit: John R. Glembin. © Michelle Grabner
Lois Mailou Jones (American, 1905–1998), The Ascent of Ethiopia, 1932. Purchase, African American Art Acquisition Fund, matching funds from Suzanne and Richard Pieper, with additional support from Arthur and Dorothy Nelle Sanders M1993.191. Photo credit: John R. Glembin. © Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust