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2022 MacArthur Fellows: Architect Amanda Williams

Six women artists are among 25 people selected by the MacArthur Foundation to receive prestigious 2022 MacArthur fellowships (known as ‘genius grants’) in recognition of their extraordinary creativity and promise to advance the future of their fields.

These six women whose pioneering work brings insight and inspiration — a literary historian, a plant ecologist, three musicians, and an architect — will each receive $800,000, a no-strings-attached award as an investment in their potential.… read more.

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Olivia Sterling Depicts Modern Racial Issues in Bright Colors

On the anniversary of the opening day of Olivia Sterling’s exhibition Yowl, we’re celebrating this important artist! 

Olivia is a British artist known for her hard-hitting messages delivered in a colorful, picture-book style. As a Black woman, she uses her art to address issues of race in the UK. Another signature element of her style is something you might not see right away; little letters ‘B’ and ‘W’, to symbolize the labeling and compartmentalizing of people of different skin tones that she observes. read more.

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Nicole Rudick’s Unconventional Biography of Niki de Saint Phalle

Only some artists are larger than life itself. Niki de Saint Phalle is definitely one of them. Niki’s work is colorful and emotional and was often utilized to discuss her politics, or rather her disdain for the current political sphere. Unfortunately, Niki’s work went unknown in the United States until her later years, showing how even the most influential artists can succumb to the hyper-male-focused art world that leaves women artists in the shadows. read more.

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Hansel Mieth’s Camera is a Tool for Social Justice

On this day in 1929, the photography collection Simple Life: Photographs from America was released, so we’re celebrating its photographer, Hansel Mieth! 

Johanna (nicknamed Hansel) Mieth was born in Oppelsbohm, Germany to a strict and religious family. She ran away from home at 15 with her lover and fellow photographer Otto Hagel.read more.

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Painter/Writer Emily Carr is a Canadian Icon

Happy Birthday, Emily Carr! Today we’re celebrating this brilliant multi-talented artist. 

Born in 1871, Emily was transgressive both as a woman and an artist. She never married, instead focusing her time on her work. She is known to be one of the first painters to portray Canada in a modernist art style. Now she will always be remembered by this description in The Canadian Encyclopedia: a “Canadian icon.”read more.

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Lubaina Himid’s Artwork Cannot Be Ignored

On this day five years ago, Lubaina Himid won the Turner Prize, so today we’re celebrating this prolific artist and curator. 

Lubaina is a British painter who was among the first artists of the UK’s Black Arts Movement of the 1980s. Lubaina’s work centers around reclaiming narratives and uncovering histories which have been silenced over time, exploring in particular themes of radical feminism and anti-colonialism.read more.

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