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Women Artists Every Kid Should Know

When students learn about the struggles that women artists have had to overcome, just to make their art, they will gain a higher appreciation for all the opportunities we have today.

Frida Kahlo

Frida never stopped painting, even through a series of personal tragedies. Hher works have become renowned for their powerful emotion and unique perspective. Many believe Frida rescued the roots of Mexican folk art, through her work, clothing, and ideologies.

Grandma Moses

She gained the nickname “Grandma Moses” from a reviewer at New York’s Herald Tribune. Her paintings became immensely popular and were appreciated for their nostalgic charm. She exhibited her work internationally into her 90s and painted until a few months before her death at age 101.

Hilma af Klint

She was a Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings are considered among the first known abstract works in Western art history. In 2018, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future at the Guggenheim museum in New York became the best attended exhibition in the history of the institution.

Mary Blair

Well known for designing concepts for animation for Walt Disney Studios during the 40s and 50s, including Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty. After she left Disney, Blair became an illustrator of children’s books, some of which remain in print to this day.

Alma Woodsey Thomas

She achieved success as an African-American female artist despite the segregation and prejudice of her time and was the first Black woman to have a show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Faith Ringgold

is an American artist and author who became famous for innovative quilted narrations that communicate her political beliefs. 

Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay was not only a true modern artist, she also redefined what art was. She brought innovative techniques both to the art world and to the world of fashion.

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) is a Japanese contemporary artist. Her work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism and pop art. YOu might know her best from her polka dot art.

Laurel Burch

Laurel was an American artist most known for her brightly colored and patterned paintings of animals, particularly cats. She had a condition in which her bones were so brittle that they often broke/fractured doing everyday things. Despite the pain, her art was always bright and optimistic.

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