American Female Artists

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite American Female Artists
 1 
Zelda Fitzgerald
(Socialite & Referred to as 'The first American Flapper' by Her Husband 'F. Scott Fitzgerald')
Zelda Fitzgerald
5
Birthdate: July 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: March 10, 1948

Zelda Fitzgerald was a painter, socialite, and novelist. Along with her husband Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda became a prominent personality of the Jazz Age. Renowned for her high spirits and beauty, she was named the first American flapper by Scott. For her work as a novelist and painter, Fitzgerald was posthumously made an inductee to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.

 2 
Leslie Stefanson
(Actress, Model, Artist, Sculptor)
Leslie Stefanson
7
Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota

Leslie Stefanson is an American model, artist, and actress. She achieved popularity after playing important roles in popular films, such as The General's Daughter. A multi-talented personality, Leslie Stefanson also makes terracotta and bronze sculptures in New York City and Los Angeles.

 3 
Susan Mikula
(Photographer, Rachel Maddow’s Partner)
Susan Mikula
13
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Self-taught photographer Susan Mikula is known for using old Polaroids and pinhole cameras to create her masterpieces. She was an accountant earlier and has also worked for the U.S. consulate in Mexico. The LGBT icon is in a long-term relationship with her partner, journalist and TV personality Rachel Maddow.
 4 
Margaret Keane
7
Birthdate: September 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
 5 
Kari Byron
(Television presenter, Artist)
Kari Byron
5
Birthdate: December 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: California
 6 
Grace Slick
(Retired Singer-Songwriter - Was A Key Figure in San Francisco's Early 'Psychedelic Music' Scene in the Mid-1960s)
Grace Slick
10
Birthdate: October 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States

Grace Slick is a retired singer-songwriter. Slick played an important role in the psychedelic music scene that flourished in San Francisco during the mid-1960s. One of the earliest female rock stars, Slick played a key role in the development of rock music during the 1960s. She was named among the Greatest Women of Rock N Roll by VH1 in 1999.

 7 
Kim Novak
(Actress Known for Her Hit Films: 'Vertigo', ‘Picnic’, ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’ and ‘Pal Joey’)
Kim Novak
8
Birthdate: February 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Kim Novak is best known as Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. The two-time Golden Globe-winning actor also starred in movies such as The Mirror Crack'd and The Man with the Golden Arm, and the series Falcon Crest. She quit acting after an unpleasant experience while shooting for Liebestraum.
 8 
Cherie Currie
(Actor, Singer, Wood carver, Musician, Songwriter, Artist, Film producer, Television actor)
Cherie Currie
5
Birthdate: November 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
 9 
Heather McCartney
(Artist, Potter)
Heather McCartney
5
Birthdate: December 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
 10 
Zeena Schreck
(Visual and musical artist)
Zeena Schreck
5
Birthdate: November 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
 11 
Gloria Vanderbilt
(Artist and Fashion Designer Best Remembered for her Custody Battle)
Gloria Vanderbilt
10
Birthdate: February 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: June 17, 2019

Gloria Vanderbilt was an American fashion designer, actress, author, and socialite. As a child, she was subjected to a child custody trial, which the press named trial of the century due to its high-profile nature. As a designer, Vanderbilt is credited with developing and popularizing designer blue jeans. She also launched a line of household goods and perfumes.

 12 
Mary Cassatt
(Painter)
Mary Cassatt
5
Birthdate: May 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Allegheny
Died: June 14, 1926
 13 
Cindy Sherman
(Photographer, Film director)
Cindy Sherman
5
Birthdate: January 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glen Ridge
 14 
Maya Lin
(Designer)
Maya Lin
5
Birthdate: October 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens

Maya Lin is an American sculptor and designer whose competition-winning design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial earned her national recognition when she was still an undergraduate. Her life and career inspired an Oscar-winning documentary titled Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. Maya Lin has won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 15 
Bobbi Brown
(Make-up artist, Businessperson)
Bobbi Brown
5
Birthdate: April 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
Akiane Kramarik
4
Birthdate: July 9, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mount Morris
 17 
Barbara Kruger
(Conceptual Artist)
Barbara Kruger
4
Birthdate: January 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 18 
Grandma Moses
(Painter, Illustrator)
Grandma Moses
4
Birthdate: September 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York
Died: December 13, 1961

Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses, revolutionized American folk art with her iconic depictions of American rural life. After spending 15 years of her life working as a housekeeper, she deviated toward embroidery. A bout of arthritis made her switch to painting in her late 70s.

 19 
Miranda July
(Actress)
Miranda July
4
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barre (town), Vermont Barre, Vermont, U.S.
 20 
Heather Hunter
6
Birthdate: October 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
 21 
Patrisse Cullors
7
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
 22 
Diva Zappa
(Actress)
Diva Zappa
5
Birthdate: July 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
 23 
Allisyn Ashley Arm
4
Birthdate: April 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
 24 
Shirley Ardell Mason
4
Birthdate: January 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dodge Center
Died: February 26, 1998
 25 
Lisa Hanawalt
(Cartoonists)
Lisa Hanawalt
4
Birthdate: June 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States
 26 
Djuna Barnes
(Artist)
Djuna Barnes
3
Birthdate: June 12, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Storm King Mountain, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1982
 27 
Suze Rotolo
(Former artist known for Appearing on the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)
Suze Rotolo
4
Birthdate: November 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 25, 2011
 28 
Helen Frankenthaler
3
Birthdate: December 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 27, 2011
 29 
Sandra Knight
(Actress)
Sandra Knight
4
Birthdate: January 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
 30 
Tasya van Ree
(Painter and Photographer)
Tasya van Ree
6
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mililani, Hawaii, United States

Tasya van Ree is a popular American painter and photographer, known for her keen interests in visual presentation and mixed media. Also known for her distinctive sense of fashion, Tasya believes that people become what they wear. An openly gay celebrity, she serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community. She has dated personalities like Amber Heard and Caroline Vreeland.

 31 
Jenny Holzer
(Artist, Painter, Sculptor)
Jenny Holzer
3
Birthdate: July 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gallipolis

Jenny Holzer is an American artist best known for her association with neo-conceptual art. Her work focuses on conveying ideas and messages in public spaces with the help of large-scale installations, illuminated electronic displays, projections on buildings, and advertising billboards. Over the course of her career, Holzer has received several awards like the Golden Lion at the 1990 Venice Biennale.

 32 
Kara Walker
(Artist)
Kara Walker
4
Birthdate: November 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockton
 33 
Ana Mendieta
(Performance artist, Artist, Painter, Visual artist)
Ana Mendieta
3
Birthdate: November 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana
Died: September 8, 1985
 34 
Nan Goldin
(Photographer)
Nan Goldin
3
Birthdate: September 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
 35 
Jill Gibson
(Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter)
Jill Gibson
3
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles
 36 
Niki de Saint Phalle
4
Birthdate: October 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: May 21, 2002

Niki de Saint Phalle was a French-American painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. She gained prominence as a monumental sculptor as not many women were renowned for their skills as monumental sculptors. Also remembered for her social work, Niki was one of the earliest artists to spread awareness about AIDS through art. She also wrote extensively in English and French.

 37 
Laurie Simmons
(Photographer)
Laurie Simmons
3
Birthdate: October 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Island
 38 
Yelena Yemchuk
(Photographer)
Yelena Yemchuk
3
Birthdate: April 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
 39 
Loie Fuller
(Actor, Lighting designer, Choreographer, Artist, Dancer, Stage actor, Model)
Loie Fuller
3
Birthdate: January 15, 1862
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Illinois
Died: January 1, 1928
 40 
Eve Ensler
(Artist, Actor, Playwright, Autobiographer, Writer, Feminist)
Eve Ensler
3
Birthdate: May 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
 41 
Agnes Martin
(Painter)
Agnes Martin
3
Birthdate: March 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Macklin
Died: December 16, 2004

Agnes Martin was an American painter whose style was often considered minimalism although she considered herself an abstract expressionist. Martin's work served as an inspiration to several younger artists like Ellen Gallagher and Eva Hesse. In 1998, Agnes Martin was honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts. Her life and career inspired documentaries like Agnes Martin: Between the Lines.

 42 
Judy Chicago
(American artist)
Judy Chicago
3
Birthdate: July 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
 43 
Barbara Parkins
(Actress, Singer)
Barbara Parkins
0
Birthdate: May 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian-American actor Barbara Parkins was a 60s’ icon and is best remembered as Betty Anderson from the series Peyton Place and Anne Welles from the film Valley of the Dolls. The Emmy-nominated actor is now a wildlife activist and a photographer. She has also appeared in Playboy magazine.

 44 
Faith Ringgold
3
Birthdate: October 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem
 45 
Emma Ferrer
(Model, Artist)
Emma Ferrer
0
Birthdate: 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morges, Switzerland
 46 
Edith Vonnegut
3
Birthdate: 1949 AD
Birthplace: Schenectady
 47 
Ginger Gilmour
(Sculptor, Model)
Ginger Gilmour
3
Birthdate: January 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia

Ginger Gilmour is an American sculptor, author, artist, and former model. Best known for her work featuring angels, Gilmour has had her work exhibited in several venues and galleries, including Arundel Castle, Mall Galleries, London, and the Embassy of Germany in London. Apart from being an artist, Gilmour also teaches art and Mental Color Healing, a form of esoteric healing.   

 48 
Joan Mondale
(Art advocate)
Joan Mondale
3
Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon
Died: February 3, 2014
 49 
Joan Mitchell
(Painter)
Joan Mitchell
3
Birthdate: February 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: October 30, 1992
 50 
Mary Blair
(Artist, animator, designer)
Mary Blair
3
Birthdate: October 21, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: McAlester
Died: July 26, 1978