Pen and Brush

Pen and Brush Founded in 1894, Pen + Brush is a 125 year-old NYC arts advocacy non-profit that promotes gender equity by supporting emerging women artists & writers. SUBMIT YOUR WORK TODAY!

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Mission: 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. We recognize that gender-based inequality in the arts has a much larger historic societal context, but we also recognize that, by concentrating our resources within our sphere of influence, Pen and Brush has the greatest chance of effecting real change for women in the arts.

07/04/2019
About | The Photographic Journal

!!!! OPEN CALL !!!!

Art & Social Activism is having an open call for Socially Engaged Artists! To learn more about the call click the link below or check out their page!

When we founded The Photographic Journal in 2013 we had three purposes: To serve as a platform where photographers of all levels could explore the medium they

Suchitra Mattai“A Portrait in Silence”, 2019Gouache, wallpaper, vintage textile, and belts16.50 x 16.50 x 2.25 inCou...
07/03/2019

Suchitra Mattai
“A Portrait in Silence”, 2019
Gouache, wallpaper, vintage textile, and belts
16.50 x 16.50 x 2.25 in
Courtesy of the artist and K Contemporary ( @kcontemporaryart )
For pricing please contact Pen + Brush

We are excited to share that Rashidah Ismaili, Pen + Brush's First Vice President, is a contributor in Margaret Busby’...
07/03/2019

We are excited to share that Rashidah Ismaili, Pen + Brush's First Vice President, is a contributor in Margaret Busby’s groundbreaking anthology Daughters of Africa!

Here are some snaps from a conversation Ismaili participated in during the Schomburg Center Literary Festival!

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Rashidah Ismaili is currently the First Vice President and Co-Chair of the African Heritage Month Celebrations, and was formerly Chair of Pen & Performing Arts. Originally from West Africa, she came to the US to study music and become Africa’s first opera singer. She studied at New York College of Music as a Voice major with Literature as an interest. She had a very rich experience at that college and Mannes School of Music where she had a scholarship in musical theatre. She later switched her priorities due to the volatile situation in the 60’s in Africa and felt she could best use the education she was acquiring by doing graduate work in sociology. She finally got a doctorate in psychology (SUNY) after doing a masters in sociology and literature (New School for Social Research). She also did a certificate in Psychodrama under Dr. Siroka.

During her graduate studies, Ismaili worked at Job Corps, Essex County College and Rutgers University. She has worked in group homes for juveniles in need of supervision for the Children’s Aid Society, New Jersey. She was the Associate Director of (HEOP) Higher Education Opportunity Programme at Pratt Institute. All during her long career in academia, she did community work and was writing and active in political forums on behalf of Africa.

She is a member of many organizations, including: ALA, African Literature Association; CSA, Caribbean Studies Association; AHSA, African Heritage Studies Association; ASA, African Studies Association; OWWA, Organization of Women Writers Association; PEN International Writers Organization, an NGO at the United Nations.

Ismaili has been a member of Pen + Brush for over ten years. She participated in the Poetry and Prose workshops and readings. Eventually, she began organizing the exhibitions for Women Artists of African Descent, which have been very successful and supported by Pen and Brush to the fullest. She has been on the Governing Board for some years now and is very active in pushing the mission of the organization, expansion and securing the legacy of this historic organization. She looks forward to working with other organizations to help forge relationships that will make Pen + Brush a dynamic force in the community of women artists.

Detail from María Magdalena Campos-Pons’ ‘Angel’s Trumpets, Devil’s Bells’ — “In her naming of the work, ...
06/29/2019

Detail from María Magdalena Campos-Pons’ ‘Angel’s Trumpets, Devil’s Bells’ — “In her naming of the work, the artist employs the dual language of “Angel’s Trumpets,” for which its known in Cuba and also labels them as the “Devil’s Bells.” Framing the flower as having the power for good or for evil is a matter of orientation and intent for Campos-Pons who hears the music of both instruments.” -Tao Leigh Goffe — María Magdalena Campos-Pons
Angel’s Trumpets, Devil’s Bells, 2019
Mixed media on Arches archival paper, 9 panels
40 x 26 inches per panel, 120 x 78 inches in total
For pricing contact Pen + Brush

Geneviève, from Miora Rajaonary’s series, ‘Lamba’ — “In her series Lamba (2018), which aptly makes its debut ...
06/29/2019

Geneviève, from Miora Rajaonary’s series, ‘Lamba’ — “In her series Lamba (2018), which aptly makes its debut in Women’s Work, Rajaonary’s subjects are linked in prideful ambit, their confident gazes in tune with the medium-format camera and the methodical photographic process. They are each dressed in a lamba, the traditional Malagasy garment that serves as a symbol of the island’s cultural heritage. The lamba is creatively styled and fashioned as shawls, wraps, dresses, headwraps, skirts, ornaments, and accessories in the self-assured hands of these women. How they choose to wear it signals their interpretation of the definition of Malagasy identity, a point of status that is inherently complex.” -Erin Haney — Miora Rajaonary
Geneviève, from the series, Lamba, 2018
Archival C-Print
35 x 35 inches
For pricing contact Pen + Brush

‘The Great Escape’ by Suchitra Mattai. “Suchitra Mattai illuminates women’s work through intermedia projects tha...
06/26/2019

‘The Great Escape’ by Suchitra Mattai. “Suchitra Mattai illuminates women’s work through intermedia projects that reflect both tradition and technological rifts and shifts. Found and readymade objects, from vintage saris to cut-up magazines, populate Mattai’s oeuvre.” -Marisa Lerner Ph.D — Suchitra Mattai
The Great Escape, 2019
Vintage National Geographic Magazines, Hindu comics
12 x 9 inches
Courtesy of the artist and K Contemporary — Contact Pen + Brush for pricing.

Flatiron District, NYC
06/25/2019

Flatiron District, NYC

Get ready for another fun-filled week of games, performances talks and fitness with #SummerinFlatiron!

◾️ Talk Tuesday, June 25: Women's Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century with Pen and Brush
◾️ Wellness Wednesday, June 26: STRENGTH with #UpliftStudios
◾️ Throwback Thursday: June 27: Fun for everyone in the family all day long on the North Plaza

🔹Giant Connect 4, Giant Jenga and other games🎛
🔹 Wonder Photo Shop NYC free Instax pics of you and your crew 📸
🔹 Kids' Workshop with The Home Depot 🔨
🔹 Performance by The Peoples Improv Theater and Free Gelato from Eataly NYC Flatiron from 6 - 7 pm 🎤🍦

For more info: flatirondistrict.nyc/summer2019

TONIGHT! With Flatiron District, NYC There is still time to register!
06/25/2019
Flatiron Talk Tuesday - Women's Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century

TONIGHT! With Flatiron District, NYC

There is still time to register!

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID), in collaboration with General Assembly and local institutions and businesses, presents eight weeks of free education classes on the Flatiron South Public Plaza. Women's Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century | Pen + Brush Pe...

Tonight’s the night! Join us at Pen + Brush for the Launch of this season Pen + Brush In Print No. 3 at 7pm!! You’ll...
06/20/2019

Tonight’s the night! Join us at Pen + Brush for the Launch of this season Pen + Brush In Print No. 3 at 7pm!! You’ll have a chance too meet and hear some of the authors from this volume! See you there! @ Pen and Brush

“The artist [Suchitra Mattai] uses woven textiles, mass-produced objects, and video as materials to create invented la...
06/15/2019

“The artist [Suchitra Mattai] uses woven textiles, mass-produced objects, and video as materials to create invented landscapes—often inhabited with women protagonists (or traces of them)—that are reflective of diasporic histories and inter-generational memories.” -Marisa Lerer, Ph. D — Suchitra Mattai
“Forward Thinking in an Age of Sadness”, 2018
Vintage headboard, faux hair, sari, gouache, acrylic
27.50 x 41 x 5 in
Courtesy of the artist and K Contemporary ( @kcontemporaryart ) Contact Pen + Brush for pricing

The CENTER Awards: Project Development Grant Winner: Sama Alshaibi
06/14/2019
The CENTER Awards: Project Development Grant Winner: Sama Alshaibi

The CENTER Awards: Project Development Grant Winner: Sama Alshaibi

Congratulations to Sama Alshaibi for being selected for CENTER's Project Development Grant recognizing her project, Carry Over. The grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary, or photojournalist works-in-progress and includes a cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms....

📚📍Book Launch📍📚 Join us next week at 7pm in the Pen + Brush Gallery for the launch of Pen + Brush In Print N...
06/12/2019

📚📍Book Launch📍📚 Join us next week at 7pm in the Pen + Brush Gallery for the launch of Pen + Brush In Print No. 3! —— Pen + Brush is proud to announce the third edition of their new literary magazine, Pen + Brush In Print. Featuring the work of: Celine Aenlle-Rocha, Jane Downs, Kathleen Hellen, Helen Jingyuan Hou, Annie Lampman, Eleanor Lerman, and Mariam Magsi. After 125 years of supporting women in the literary arts, Pen + Brush In Print further expands the organization’s platform for sharing the voices of women writers.

Install view of Ming Smith’s work, currently on view with us in Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century!
06/11/2019

Install view of Ming Smith’s work, currently on view with us in Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century!

When exhibitions collide! We had a lovely visit from artists Suchitra Mattai, currently on view at Pen + Brush in “Wom...
06/08/2019

When exhibitions collide! We had a lovely visit from artists Suchitra Mattai, currently on view at Pen + Brush in “Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century”, and Heather Brammeier who showed at Pen + Brush in “Furies, Fairies, Visionaries”, earlier this year!

Thank you to all who joined us last night for our wonderful and inspiring talk with Miora Rajaonary, Grace Aneiza Ali, a...
06/07/2019

Thank you to all who joined us last night for our wonderful and inspiring talk with Miora Rajaonary, Grace Aneiza Ali, and Claude Grunitzky!!! @ Pen and Brush

Tonight’s the night! Join us at 6:30pm with Artist Miora Rajaonary, Media + Culture Entrepreneur Claude Grunitzky, and...
06/06/2019

Tonight’s the night! Join us at 6:30pm with Artist Miora Rajaonary, Media + Culture Entrepreneur Claude Grunitzky, and Curator Grace Aneiza Ali!! The piece above, titled “Hanta”, is a part of her series “Lamba” currently on view with us at Pen + Brush. —— “In Rajanoary’s capable and compassionate hands, Malagasy women are represented as truth tellers, history writers and history makers, and the visionaries of Madagascar’s future.” -Grace Aneiza Ali @ Pen and Brush

This Thursday!
06/04/2019

This Thursday!

This Thursday at Pen and Brush! A conversation about women, art, activism, and the future of 21st century African art with photographer Miora Rajaonary and Claude Grunitzky, a champion for African art & culture.

We are very exited for you all to join us this Thursday, June 6 at Pen + Brush for a discussion and tour with photograph...
06/04/2019

We are very exited for you all to join us this Thursday, June 6 at Pen + Brush for a discussion and tour with photographer Miora Rajaonary on her award-winning series "Lamba" featuring the women of Madagascar, Media + Culture Entrepreneur Claude Grunitzky, and our wonderful curator Grace Aneiza Ali! See you at the gallery at 6:30pm!
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#art #artistsoninstagram #artevent #nyc #contemporaryart #photography #madagascar #womeninthearts

Throwback Thursday to the opening of “Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century” last month! Here is an ima...
05/30/2019

Throwback Thursday to the opening of “Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century” last month! Here is an image Ming Smith in front of her work “Weeping Time” at the reception! Smith currently has three works on view at Pen + Brush, come see! •—• “Throughout her oeuvre, whether traversing the streets of Harlem, New York or those of Dakar, Senegal, Ming Smith’s photographs prove that she has continuously been in search of the African Diaspora.” -Grace Aneiza Ali ( @grace_aneiza_ali ) ( @mingsmithphoto ) •—• Ming Smith
Weeping Time, 1988
35 mm black-and-white photography
with oil paint, archival pigment print
40 x 60 inches •—• #mingsmith #photography #womeninthearts #africandiaspora #tbt #throwbackthursday #art #artistsoninstagram

05/29/2019
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’ piece “Angel’s Trumpets, Devil’s Bells” is a nine-panel artwork currently on view...
05/29/2019

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’ piece “Angel’s Trumpets, Devil’s Bells” is a nine-panel artwork currently on view at Pen + Brush in Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century, Curated by Grace Aneiza Ali ( @grace_aneiza_ali ) •—• “For Campos-Pons, women’s work is rooted in the intersections of art and healing. As a Cuban woman and as an artist, she returns time and again to the transformative and healing qualities of the traditional cultures of her homeland.” - Grace Aneiza Ali •—• María Magdalena Campos-Pons
Angel’s Trumpets, Devil’s Bells, 2019
Mixed media on Arches archival paper, 9 panels
40 x 26 inches per panel, 120 x 78 inches in total
Contact gallery for pricing •—• #mariamagdelenacampospons #womeninthearts #art #healing #contemporaryart

📌Art Talks 📌 Join us next week for a Discussion + Tour with Artist Miora Rajaonary, Media + Culture Entrepreneur C...
05/28/2019

📌Art Talks 📌 Join us next week for a Discussion + Tour with Artist Miora Rajaonary, Media + Culture Entrepreneur Claude Grunitzky, and
Curator Grace Aneiza Ali
AT PEN + BRUSH
June 6th, 2019
6:30PM
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Miora Rajaonary, whose work is featured in our current exhibition Women's Work: Art & Advocacy in the 21st Century, is a documentary photographer currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work focuses on social issues and identities in contemporary Africa. In 2018, she was named one of four winners of the inaugural Getty Images ARRAY Grant and won First Prize in the Addis Foto Fest Portfolio Review. Recently, she was a World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa participant, one of the inaugural Women Photograph mentees, and a participant in the inaugural Native and Everyday Projects Mentorship Program. She was featured in Britain’s i-D Magazine in 2018 as one of 10 emerging photographers of color to watch.

Grace Aneiza Ali is an Assistant Professor and Provost Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and a Curator and Editor. Ali’s curatorial research practice centers on socially engaged art practices, global contemporary art, and art of the Caribbean Diaspora, with a focus on her homeland Guyana. She is founder and curator of Guyana Modern, an online platform for contemporary arts and culture of Guyana and founder and editorialdirector of OF NOTE Magazine — an award-winning nonprofit arts journalisminitiative reporting on the intersection of art and activism. She is a NYU ProvostFaculty Fellow, Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar. She was named a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper’ and serves on the Boardof Trustees for Images and Voices of Hope, committed to using journalism to create meaningful, positive change. Ali was born in Guyana and immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was fourteen years old.

Sama Alshaibi’s piece “Marjana”, one of ten images from her series “Carry On” •—• “To make Carry Over,...
05/24/2019

Sama Alshaibi’s piece “Marjana”, one of ten images from her series “Carry On” •—• “To make Carry Over, Alshaibi employs gumoil
printing—a painstaking photographic process whose end result is one-of-a-kind prints that appear as unique, vintage engravings and that cannot be replicated. While the gumoil process essentially erases time through an aesthetic that conveys a sense of the past, the woman in Carry Over is no relic. She is very much part of our present.” - Grace Aneiza Ali ( @grace_aneiza_ali ) •—• Sama Alshaibi ( @sama_alshaibi )
Marjana, from the project Carry Over, 2018
Gumoil on cotton rag
26.5 x 19.25 inches •—• Sama Alshaibi's series, Carry Over, was supported in part by a grant from The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. ( @neaarts )

One of ten images from Sama Alshaibi’s series “Carry Over”  ( @sama_alshaibi ) • — • “Sama Alshaibi’s Ca...
05/22/2019

One of ten images from Sama Alshaibi’s series “Carry Over” ( @sama_alshaibi ) • — • “Sama Alshaibi’s Carry Over is a meditation on the power of gentleness. Revealed through a series of tableaux—where gentleness is both subject and object—strength, might, grace, grit, resistance, justice, and vulnerability all take shape.” - Grace Aneiza Ali ( @grace_aneiza_ali ) • — • Sama Alshaibi's series, Carry Over, was supported in part by a grant from The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. ( @neaarts ) • — • Sama Alshaibi,
Gamer Stack, from the project Carry Over, 2018.
Gumoil on cotton rag
26.5 x 19.25 inches
Contact gallery for pricing details

Suchitra Mattai’s piece “Her”! — “For Suchitra Mattai, women’s work is steeped both in the activism of the i...
05/18/2019

Suchitra Mattai’s piece “Her”! — “For Suchitra Mattai, women’s work is steeped both in the activism of the immigrant and the poetics of an artistic practice.” - Grace Aneiza Ali (@grace_aneiza_ali ) — Suchitra Mattai ( @suchitramattaiart )
Her, 2019
Thread, contact paper and cut 19th century print
17 x 14 x 1.25 inches — ⁣⁣Pen + Brush would like to thank @kcontemporaryart for their support of Suchitra Mattai and this exhibition.

“An Unfinished Thought in a Parallel Universe” by Suchitra Mattai ( @suchitramattaiart ). This piece is one of many ...
05/15/2019

“An Unfinished Thought in a Parallel Universe” by Suchitra Mattai ( @suchitramattaiart ). This piece is one of many that make up Mattai’s wall collage On the second lower level of our gallery. — “Mattai, like so many of us, is a daughter of migration. Embedded in these works are the histories, memories, and visual codes of her Indian heritage. In each small collage that make up the larger wall installation of Collages: Identity, an Indian woman or girl is centered as the protagonist as way for the artist to pay homage to the multiplicity of their lives.” - Grace Aneiza Ali ( @grace_aneiza_ali ) — To learn more about Mattai’s work check out our Instagram Story or go to our website to check out the catalog for our current exhibition “Women’s Work” . — “An Unfinished Thought in a Parallel Universe”, 2018
Gouache and vintage National Geographic
Magazine on wood panel
16 x 16 x 2.25 in — ⁣⁣Pen + Brush would like to thank @kcontemporaryart for their support of Suchitra Mattai and this exhibition.

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29 East 22nd Street
New York, NY
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We are located near the 6, R, and W subways

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Pen and Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of 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.

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Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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