Although women have been creating Art for centuries, they have historically been overshadowed by their male counterparts.
A brief look back, however, unearths Helena, daughter of Timon of Egypt, a painter from the fourth century B.C.; Catherine of Bologna, a 15th-century Italian nun and artist; and Maria de Abarca, a 17th-century Spanish painter. The 19th and 20th centuries brought us Mary Cassatt and Frida Kahlo and hundreds of other female painters, photographers, printmakers, textile artists, and more. In the 21st century, women enjoy much greater recognition as artists. On the following pages we celebrate this progression by sharing a wide variety of contemporary female artists and their work.