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March 21st, 2017

In celebration of International Women’s Month, the AGO is collaborating with The National Museum of Women in the Arts for the second annual Can you name #5WomenArtists? campaign. More than 180 institutions worldwide are participating in the challenge by naming #5WomenArtists in their collection or in exhibitions. The campaign aims to call attention to the inequity female-identifying artists face, inspire conversation, and bring awareness to a larger audience.





Here are the #5WomenArtists the AGO chose for our social media feed:

Rita Letendre, Aforim, 1975. Acrylic on canvas, 137.2 x 198.1 cm. Anonymous Gift, 1975. © 2017 Rita Letendre.

Rita Letendre was born in Drummondville, Quebec to Abenaki and Quebecois parents in 1928. She is known for her iconic abstract paintings and murals. Rita Letendre’s work is not only included in the AGO collection, but she will also be celebrated in an upcoming solo exhibition this summer looking back at her legendary career in abstract art. Rita Letendre: Fire & Light spotlights a legendary artist who, at 88, is getting her first major solo exhibition in English Canada.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932. Oil on canvas, 121.9 × 101.6 cm. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Photography by Edward C. Robison III.

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) is a trailblazing figure in American modernism. Although the AGO only claims one of her paintings in our collection, she is the subject of a major exhibition opening at the AGO, opening April 22. The exhibition, named simply Georgia O’Keeffe, features more than 80 works of art capturing the essence of her deeply personal connection to architecture and nature that inspired her iconic style.

Emily Carr, Skidegate, 1928. Oil on canvas, 68.8 x 109.7 cm. Gift from the J.S. McLean Collection, by Canada Packers Inc., 1990. Image © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Emily Carr (1871–1945) is an iconic and beloved Canadian artist who created works of art that reflect her encounters with the indigenous cultures and the formidable landscapes of British Columbia in the first half of the 20th century.

Sydney Strickland Tully, The Twilight of Life, 1894. Oil on canvas. Overall: 91.8 x 71.5 cm. Bequest of S. Strickland Tully, 1911. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Sydney Strickland Tully (1860–1911) was known for her pastel and oil portraits, landscapes and genre pictures, and for her success in a number of academic exhibitions. Tully kept a studio in Toronto where she taught regular classes and participated steadily in the artistic life of the city. The Twilight of Life became the first painting by a Canadian artist acquired by the AGO.

Mary Ella Dignam, Landscape, c. 1900. Oil on academy board, 25.5 x 32.6 cm. Gift of Sydney K. Herman, Toronto, 1997. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario .

Mary Ella Dignam (1857–1938) was a Canadian painter and advocate for women in Canadian art. She founded the Women’s Art Club and the first all-women international art exhibition. She also taught at a ladies’ art school in Toronto and later organized the first Art Studios of Moulton Ladies’ College at McMaster University.

Join us throughout the rest of March by naming your favourite #5WomenArtists on social media, and don’t forget to mention @agotoronto. Or come see the AGO Collection and get to know some of the women artists whose work hangs on our walls. AGO Members can come anytime they like, and see it all for free!

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