The Legendary Women Artists of Venice Award was established in 2018 in honor of Women’s History Month by the Venice Art Crawl, Sunny Bak and Lauren Doyle. The award recognizes the contribution of Women to the Arts and their profound impact on society. Venice Beach is a renowned artistic community; a haven for many famous artists, musicians, actors, and writers. Much of our historical identity centers around the arts – with homes to vibrant murals, museums, galleries, studios, and art resource centers. The Venice Art Crawl’s mission is to connect art and community, and to keep art moving at a time when it’s desperately needed.
People in the art world want to think we are achieving equity and inclusion more quickly than we are–Women face institutional obstacles with only 14% of living artists represented in galleries nationwide. Women are dramatically undervalued – between 2008 and 2019, more than $197 billion was spent on art at auction. Of that, work made by women accounted for just $4 billion–around 2 percent. Women earn 75% of bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees in the states, and yet only 46% of working artists are women.
Some of the most influential artists in history were female – painters like Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo were instrumental in altering female prominence in the art world. The Legendary Women Artists of Venice Awardees shine light on the benefits of creative expression, collaborative initiatives, and creative workspaces. They uphold the legacy of feminist art history and theory across multiple art disciplines. Our Awardees meet the criteria of considerable accomplishment, achievement, and contribution to the Arts and Venice Beach community – with over 10+ years experience represented by their professional efforts, work, vision, and commitment.