March 8, 2021

SMoCA staff. Photo: Charles Darr

In celebration of International Women’s Day, SMoCA staff participated in the #5WomenArtists campaign, where they were asked if they can name five women artists. It was super tough to limit to only five each, but check out which artists our staff selected!

Deborah E. Roberts—I am consistently awestruck by Roberts’ use of mixed media and collage to address gender stereotypes, race, and identity. I could look at her work every day and never tire from it. @rdeborah191

Miya Ando—an artist who finds beauty and awe in the transitory and fragile aspects of nature. @studiomiyaando

Sonya Clark—her use of fiber arts and materials like combs, seeds, threads, and human hair to illustrate personal and cultural meaning is mesmerizing and thoughtful. @sysclark

Lola Álvarez Bravo—through her photography she captured the daily life of Mexican people and countryside as well as created exceptional portraits of famous figures including Frida Kahlo.

Saskia Jordá—an interdisciplinary artist who uses fiber arts, drawing, and installation to address cultural identity and mapping one’s sense of place. @saskiajorda

Carrie Tovar, registrar

Alice Neel
Ann Carrington
Julie Mehretu
Faith Ringgold
Kathe Kollwitz

Laura Spalding Best, exhibitions manager

Shirin Neshat—one of my all-time favorite artists whose poetic and beautiful video works inspire deeper looking and understanding. @shirin__neshat

Ghada Amer—an artist who boldly addresses cultural and gender identities. I’m excited to see her project for Desert X this year! @ghadaamer

Shahzia Sikander—a trailblazer in the contemporary miniature—seamlessly blending cultures and always looking ahead. @shahzia.sikander 

Beverly McIver—an incredibly talented painter who has a large solo show opening at SMoCA early 2022. @bmciverart 

Maria Hupfield—continually inspiring bold thinking about Indigenous futurity through gorgeous sculptures and performances. @mariahupfield

Jennifer McCabe
Jennifer McCabe, director and chief curator

Gohar Dashti
Mimi Onuoha
Addie Wagenknecht
Kenturah Davis
Genevieve Gaignard

Julie Ganas, curator of engagement and digital initiatives

Simone Leigh—congratulations on being selected to represent the U.S. in the 2022 Venice Biennale! @simoneyvetteleigh

Judy ChicagoThe Dinner Party (1974–76) inspired me to focus on feminist art when I was a senior in undergrad. @judy.chicago

Otobong Nkanga—one of the most impactful artists I have worked with. @otobongnkanga

Stephanie Syjuco—new exhibition Vanishing Point (Overlay) at Baltimore Museum of Art is amazing! @ssyjuco @baltimoremuseumofart

Mimi O Chun—check out her upcoming exhibition It’s all cake at SMoCA in September 2021! @mimiochun

Lauren R. O’Connell, curator of contemporary art, @lauren.r.oconnell

Antoinette Cauley—for never compromising her own vibrancy for anyone else and continually searching to break boundaries @antoinettecauley

Sadie Barnette—for holding strong to truth and fomenting her own brand of resistance in ways that uplift and inspire. @sadiebarnette

Carrie Mae Weems—for being a true visionary who made thousands of young women like me to feel seen. @carriemaeweems

April Bey—for showing the art, beauty, and resistance in creating your own narrative and path forward, and being my first connection to visualizing my own futurity. @aprilbey_

Juliana Huxtable—a true trailblazer whose work is a boldly poetic exploration of self. @julianahuxtable

Keshia Turley, curatorial assistant

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