Art by Women

Art by Women

Celebrate the exceptional historical, creative, and cultural contributions made by women artists with exhibitions, virtual events, stories, videos, and podcast episodes.

Art by Women

Celebrate the exceptional historical, creative, and cultural contributions made by women artists with exhibitions, virtual events, stories, videos, and podcast episodes.

Women Artists in the Collection

Take a virtual visit to Mia, exploring exceptional creative contributions made by women artists throughout history to present and across the world’s diverse cultures. With over 90,000 artworks, Mia’s collection includes art from six continents, spanning about 5,000 years.

View Art by Women in Mia’s Collection

Women in Art Self-Guided Tour

Women in Art Cross-currents Tour

Past Exhibitions

Monica Sheets: Das Fundbuero—Civics Lessons

U.S. Bank Gallery

Tia Keobounpheng: Revealing Threads

U.S. Bank Gallery

Marcia Resnick: As It Is or Could Be

Harrison Photography Gallery

Dayanita Singh: Pothi Khana

Perlman Gallery

Parallel Lines: New Textile Masterworks Inspired by Geometry

Robert and Marlyss White Gallery (Gallery 281)

Jovan C. Speller: Nurturing, and Other Rituals of Protection

U.S. Bank Gallery

Freedom Rising: I Am the Story / L’Merchie Frazier

Gallery 262, Gallery 275

L’Merchie Frazier is a fiber artist, quilter, historian, innovator, poet, and holographer. This show examines the lives and legacies of African-descended people, including children and their communities across centuries of memory, places, and activism.

Nicole Havekost: Chthonic

U.S. Bank Gallery

Nicole Havekost will explore the simultaneous joy, sublime embarrassment, and disorderly beauty of the human body through her anthropomorphic sculptures.

Unexpected Turns: Women Artists and the Making of American Basket-Weaving Traditions

Robert and Marlyss White Gallery (Gallery 281)
This installation chronicles experiments in basketry, all created by American women artists exploring the boundaries between art and craft, utility and whimsy, weaving and sculpture.

Intimate Space: A Noblewoman’s Bedroom in Late Imperial China


In the male-dominated society of imperial China, most women were physically restricted to domestic spaces.

Virtual Exhibition

Breaking the Silence: International Women’s Day

“Breaking the Silence” is an observation of International Women’s Day. Participating artists call attention to the daily aggressions, whether physical or psychological, that all women face across the world and in every sector of society. This exhibit critiques the current social system that we live in, which permits and defends these particular inequities. “Breaking the Silence” also honors and supports women who are or have been victims of domestic violence, and recognizes the resilience of cis- and transgender women and non-binary people who work to build more equitable and safe communities for all.

View the virtual exhibition here

Podcast Episodes

The Photographer in Hitler's Bath

When World War II begins, Lee Miller is one of the most sought-after women in the world–a celebrated model, an irresistible muse, and an emerging photographer in her own right. So why does she trade the high life for the front line, risking everything to become the only female photojournalist allowed in combat?

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The Psychic Sculptor

In 1852, Harriet Hosmer packs her pistol, her anatomy degree, and two pictures of a sculpture she made and moves to Rome. There, among other “emancipated women” in the expat colony, she becomes one of the world’s most famous artists. But it’s the spirit world that truly calls to her, the realm of the dead that she channels through clairvoyance and seances. So what happens when she answers?

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The Miracle of Saint Frida

When Frida Kahlo dies, in 1954, she is soon forgotten. And then, suddenly, she seems to be everywhere: on magnets, puzzles, underwear, flip-flops. How did this remarkable artist become an international icon, an emoji, a figure of fervid devotion? And what does she mean to those who believe?

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The Animalier

The animalier artists love lions and tigers and bears—anything with teeth and no business being in Paris in the 1800s. No one more than Rosa Bonheur, the smoking, joking, pants-wearing painter who becomes a celebrity, the most famous female artist of her time, by embracing the very things men fear most.

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Escape Velocity: The Woman Who Left the World

Leonora Carrington has never felt at home in her wealthy, conservative family. But when she meets the Surrealists in the 1930s, and runs from everything she knows, it will take everything she has to become the artist and writer she wants to be. Most importantly: her singular imagination, which reveals the world as both more magical and more haunted than most of us care to admit.

You can see her feminist take on Surrealism in this painting from the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art here.

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Hiding in Plain Sight: The O’Keeffe We Never Knew

In the 1970s, Georgia O’Keeffe is supposedly the hermit savant of the New Mexico badlands, rarely heard and seldom seen, even as the outside world can’t get enough of her enigmatic art. But when curators, journalists, and even the FBI come calling, it seems the head ghost of Ghost Ranch is the host with the most—and hardly ever alone. A fresh look at a myth we can’t stop believing.

You can see O’Keeffe’s work, including one of the badlands pictures, “Black Place I,” in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts here.

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