The arts are crucial to the culture and society of today’s world. Nowadays, more than ever, strong and successful women excel in the arts - from fashion, to jewelry, to film, to art design. We’ll talk about a few of the most popular and influential women creatives here today.
Elsa Pereti is most known for her jewelry design collaboration with Tiffany and Co. Prior to designing jewelry, Elsa was an interior designer, architect, and model. Her partnership with Tiffany and Co. started in 1971 on this very day.
Chloe Zhao is a Chinese filmmaker, known for her work on independent American films. Chloe earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science before studying film production at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the first Asian female director to win “Best Director” at the 2020 Golden Globes for her film Nomadland. She is currently directing the upcoming Marvel cinematic universe movie Eternals.
Ingrid Mwangi, also known as Mwangi Hutter with her husband, is an artist that focuses her work on climate change. Born to a Kenyan father and a German mother, Ingrid has lived in both Germany and Africa, thus incorporating both cultures into her work. She uses art to explore the intersection between humankind and nature, drawing awareness to the world around us and how we are all interconnected.
Judy Chicago attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of California, Los Angeles in the US. Starting out with minimalism work, she then started focusing on feminist content in the 1960s. She saw the need for female artists in the field and was inspired to do her part. In 1970, She created the first Feminist Art Program at California State University, Fresno. The following year, she co-founded the Feminist Art Program at California Institute of the Arts: Valencia, with artist Miriam Schapiro. Judy uses her art to explore the role of women throughout culture and history. She is most known for “The Dinner Party” installation, where 39 female figures throughout history, from goddesses of the Roman Empire to women in American History such as Susan B. Anthony, were given a seat and dinner setting at a triangular table. “The Dinner Party” was aimed to "end the ongoing cycle of omission in which women were written out of the historical record.”
As you can see, women in this current day and age are highly successful and have made their place in leadership and influential roles in the arts, as well as empowering one another to grow and learn.