We at Pen and Brush strongly support the premise that art and literature are vital aspects of the human experience. We also believe that art and literature created by women deserves to be recognized and valued on its merit – not judged by the gender of the maker.
Pen and Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of excellent female artists and writers to a broader audience with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace. We encourage and mentor emerging professionals and aim to expose the stereotypes and misconceptions that perpetuate gender-based exclusion, lack of recognition and the devaluation of skill that is still experienced by women in the arts.
To achieve this, we have specifically designed our new facilities to accommodate the exhibition of all forms of visual arts. We will also electronically publish literary fiction and poetry under our imprint. In this way we will expose the work of women artists and writers to the public and a wide variety of influencers including scholars, collectors, curators, gallerists, agents, and publishers.
What’s more, our vetting process for selecting work provides a pipeline to influencers capable of advocating for the creative output of women in the arts. We believe this strategy can have a tangible and positive impact on the careers of professional female artists and writers and, ultimately, secure a more comprehensive inclusion of women’s voices in the canons of art and literature.
For over 121 years, Pen and Brush has been the only international nonprofit organization offering an outlet for women in both the literary and visual arts in the city of New York. Learn more about our history and the organization's extraordinary artists, writers, and advocates through our historic timeline.