#5WomenArtists in Balboa Park

To celebrate Women’s History Month the Women’s Museum of California brought historical women to life and explored the women artists of Balboa Park.

The #5WomenArtists campaign was started by the National Museum of Women in the Arts to bring attention to the inequality of women artists face. To celebrate the amazing accomplishments of women artists we dressed up as five historical women from our historical clothing collection and joined Balboa Park for a tour of women artists.

IMG_8326Kate Sessions leased land in 1892 for a nursery in “City Park,” where she began planting 100 trees a year. She also planted at least 300 more throughout the City. The bronze statue of Kate Sessions by Ruth Hayward guards the entrance to Balboa Park at the Laurel Street Bridge is the only full sculpture in the City dedicated to a real-life woman, the “Mother of Balboa Park.”


Frida Kahlo de Rivera is considered one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. She is best known for her self-portraits and works inspired by nature and artifacts of Mexico. Her art explores questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society.

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Dorothea Lange’s photography helped humanize the Great Depression in the 1930s. She was a trailblazer of documentary photography and taught at the first fine art photography department at California School of Fine Arts


Niki de Saint Phalle was one of the few women artists widely known for monumental sculpture. While she was well known in Europe her work was little seen in the US until her final years in San Diego. Commented a critic “The French-born, American-raised artist is one of the most significant female and feminist artists of the 20th century, and one of the few to receive recognition in the male-dominated art world during her lifetime”

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Anna Hyatt Huntington was an American sculptor. Her Joan of Arc statue is New York City’s first monument dedicated to a historical woman. El Cid Campeador in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama was created in 1927.

Join in the campaign! Who are your favorite women artists? Let us know on social media by using #5WomenArtists and tagging @womensmusuem and @womeninthearts



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