Winner of the 2014 Artful Women "Best in Show" Award Acceptance #2 by brenda Gratton


Winner of the 2014 Artful Women "Best in Show" Award
Acceptance #2 by brenda Gratton

Artful Women

Women artists are welcome to apply to the 2016 Artful Women Show and Sale. The show will take place between October 29, 2016 and December 3, 2016 at the UW Hospital in Madison.

The deadline to apply is October 3, 2016. New artist applications are juried and the show is juried for awards. Contact for application materials. 

History of Artful Women

The Artful Women Show/Sale began in 1987 following a conversation between Susan E. Eichhorn and members of the Women’s Caucus for Art regarding the lack of places for women artists to display and sell their works. Susan initiated a women’s art show with the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Dane County, whose members pledged to assist her in putting such a show together and hanging it in her home in University Heights. It was to be exclusively for women artists using any media for their art, as long as the piece was original and unique. Initially all art was juried in, with the exception of invited artists who were well known in the art community as accomplished artists.

In addition to the tasks involved in putting such a show together, the treasury of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Dane County processed the income and expenses for the show.   All works were to be for sale with the artist receiving a significant share of the asking price.  The show initially was one weekend, which quickly turned into holding it for two successive weekends.

Because many persons wanted to purchase Susan’s personal glass wall vases, a commission was given to a Madison woman glass blower to create something similar to the original vases.  Each vase was, and continues to be, an original piece of art signed by the artist.

After 15 years of holding Artful Women in her home,  Susan approached the Wisconsin Women’s Network, who agreed to be the sponsor.  A place sufficiently large to hold as many as 100 pieces of art was difficult to come by!  A few years earlier, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics had dedicated some wall space to rotating shows of artwork.   Artful Women was booked in for the month of March, 2001.   A great advantage to the University Hospital’s space is that art is locked into place, allowing art to be viewed from 7 AM to 9 PM daily.

The Artful Women Show/Sale has changed location but not its mission.  It continues to be a venue for artists new to this area or new to the idea of selling their artworks.  Both experienced women artists as well as newcomers come together to create an interesting and varied show.  In addition to seeing the show,  a “meet the artist” reception is held on the second Sunday of November (now the usual month for the show) where family, friends and the general public can greet the artists and discuss the works or just “oh” and “ah” at the collective talent represented in the show.   Awards are also given, based on judging done by an artist or art teacher not in the show.

"Shaft of Light" by Elizabeth Ivers. 2013 Artful Women entry.

"Shaft of Light" by Elizabeth Ivers. 2013 Artful Women entry.