For years female artists have battled to exhibit their artwork among male artists. Hard to believe as we near the end of 2009, that some of the most noteworthy female artists of the 20th and 21st Century have works hidden in the most grandiose inventories of museums all over the US. It is true! What sets us apart from our male colleagues today? As an artist and critic, I don't believe one can look at a work of art and determine its gender. Take my work for instance, I was told by a colleague that my technique appeared too aggressive for a woman, and if he didn't know me, he'd assume a male had made the abstracted, large-scale charcoal drawing! What? Is it true that one would believe a 5’3” woman couldn’t draw two 4’ x 12’ charcoal drawings? If this is the case, please look up Katharina Grosse. If a fellow art colleague sees my work as masculine because it is aggressive, bold and full of energy. What is he basing this judgment from? Today, most of the artwork I come across is riding the line between genders. I can't tell if a man or a woman is behind a work of art because men don't just make edgy, sharp objects, and women don't just doodle soft, pretty lines... Look around! See for yourself! Anyways…since some of the greatest collections of women artists lies behind the closed doors of our national musuems, I am very excited to hear that 2010 will mark a revelation and exhibition opportunity of some of the best of the best....women artists. Be sure to read the latest article in the December issue of ARTnews to stay up on 2010's powerful, women's shows!!