Can you name #5WomenArtists?

Last year, the National Museum of Women in the Arts challenged institutions and individuals around the world to name 5 women artists during March, which is International Women’s Month. The campaign aimed to recognize gender imbalances in the art world and to encourage us to celebrate and raise up women artists from history and today. This year, the challenge was reissued and galleries and museums have been sharing the names of women artists over social media; the National Gallery of Canada highlighted Joyce Weiland and Lynne Cohen on Twitter, the Art Gallery of Ontario released picks on their blog, and the Brooklyn Museum is amassing a growing list on tumblr. The Huffington Post pulled together a list of 201 Artists You Should Remember. It highlights the true diversity and influence of women and non-binary artists who have made an impact in the art world and beyond.

For many years, the School of Art has benefited from the instruction of dedicated and prominent women artists and historians. We thank all our past and current faculty for their work and also recognize the success of our students. Here’s to you!

The School of Art Gallery has selected five artworks by women from our collection to contribute to the #5WomenArtists challenge.

Diana Thorneycraft, Still-life with Self-portrait and Window, 1988, colour pencil on paper.
Helen Kalvak, Seal Skins to Dry, 1966, stencil on paper.
Eleanor Bond, Off-shore Bardge Draws the Beach and Sailing Communities, 1989, oil on canvas.
Daphne Odjig, Rolling Head, 1971, serigraph.
Diane Whitehouse, Rain, 1985, oil and acrylic on canvas.

Diane Whitehouse’s painting is on view now in From Painting to Relief: Seven Abstractions. Check it out in the Collections Gallery!

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While our own collection, like so many others, lacks gender parity, there are too many excellent women to leave it at five. As such, we will be rotating feature artworks on SoA Monitors during the last days of March and we invite everyone to participate! Send us your favourite art by women: Indigenous women, women of colour, LGBTQ+ artists, contemporary or historical, Canadian or international. Please provide the artist’s name, the title of your favourite work (with date and medium) and an image, if you are able to provide one. If you do not want your own name associated with the submission, please indicate that in your email. Submissions should be sent to by 4:30 pm on Monday, March 27.

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