American Female Artists

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Susan Mikula
(American Artist and Photographer)
Susan Mikula
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Birthdate: March 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
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.
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Kari Byron
(Television presenter, Artist)
Kari Byron
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Birthdate: December 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: California
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Margaret Keane
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Birthdate: September 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
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Mary Cassatt
(Painter)
Mary Cassatt
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Birthdate: May 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Allegheny
Died: June 14, 1926
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Zeena Schreck
(Visual and musical artist)
Zeena Schreck
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Birthdate: November 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
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Maya Lin
(Designer)
Maya Lin
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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.

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Gloria Vanderbilt
(Artist and Fashion Designer Best Remembered for her Custody Battle)
Gloria Vanderbilt
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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.

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Cindy Sherman
(American Photographer and Director)
Cindy Sherman
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Birthdate: January 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States
 9 
Bobbi Brown
(Make-up artist, Businessperson)
Bobbi Brown
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Birthdate: April 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
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Grandma Moses
(Painter, Illustrator)
Grandma Moses
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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.

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Akiane Kramarik
Akiane Kramarik
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Birthdate: July 9, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mount Morris
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Miranda July
(Actress)
Miranda July
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Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barre (town), Vermont Barre, Vermont, U.S.
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Shirley Ardell Mason
(Artist)
Shirley Ardell Mason
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Birthdate: January 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dodge Center
Died: February 26, 1998
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Suze Rotolo
(Former artist known for Appearing on the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)
Suze Rotolo
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Birthdate: November 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 25, 2011
 15 
Diva Zappa
(Actress)
Diva Zappa
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Birthdate: July 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Lisa Hanawalt
(Cartoonists)
Lisa Hanawalt
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Birthdate: June 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Sandra Knight
(Actress)
Sandra Knight
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Birthdate: January 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Allisyn Ashley Arm
(Actress)
Allisyn Ashley Arm
4
Birthdate: April 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
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Djuna Barnes
(Artist)
Djuna Barnes
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Birthdate: June 12, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Storm King Mountain, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1982
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Helen Frankenthaler
(American Abstract Expressionist Painter)
Helen Frankenthaler
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Birthdate: December 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: December 27, 2011
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Jill Gibson
(Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter)
Jill Gibson
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Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Nan Goldin
(Photographer)
Nan Goldin
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Birthdate: September 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
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Tasya van Ree
(Painter and Photographer)
Tasya van Ree
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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.

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Niki de Saint Phalle
(French-American Sculptor, Painter and Filmmaker)
Niki de Saint Phalle
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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.

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Jenny Holzer
(Artist, Painter, Sculptor)
Jenny Holzer
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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.

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Eve Ensler
(Artist, Actor, Playwright, Autobiographer, Writer, Feminist)
Eve Ensler
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Birthdate: May 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
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Loie Fuller
(Actor, Lighting designer, Choreographer, Artist, Dancer, Stage actor, Model)
Loie Fuller
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Birthdate: January 15, 1862
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Illinois
Died: January 1, 1928
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Beatrice Wood
(American Artist and Studio Potter)
Beatrice Wood
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Birthdate: March 3, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: March 12, 1998

Beatrice Wood was an American studio potter and artist best remembered for her association with the Avant-Garde movement. Wood is credited with founding Rongwrong and The Blind Man magazines along with Henri-Pierre Roché and Marcel Duchamp. Beatrice Wood's autobiography inspired the creation of Rose DeWitt Bukater's character in the 1997 epic romance and disaster film Titanic

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Judy Chicago
(American Feminist Artist and Writer Known for Her Art Work ‘The Dinner Party’ and ‘International Honor Quilt’)
Judy Chicago
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Birthdate: July 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Patrisse Cullors
(Artist)
Patrisse Cullors
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Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Faith Ringgold
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Birthdate: October 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem
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Joan Mondale
(Art advocate)
Joan Mondale
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Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon
Died: February 3, 2014
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Agnes Martin
(Painter)
Agnes Martin
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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.

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Barbara Parkins
(Actress, Singer)
Barbara Parkins
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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.

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Joan Mitchell
(Painter)
Joan Mitchell
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Birthdate: February 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: October 30, 1992
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Edith Vonnegut
(artist)
Edith Vonnegut
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Birthdate: 1949 AD
Birthplace: Schenectady
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Ginger Gilmour
(American Artist, Sculptor and Author)
Ginger Gilmour
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Birthdate: January 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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.   

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Mary Blair
(American Artist, Animator and Designer)
Mary Blair
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Birthdate: October 21, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: McAlester, Oklahoma, United States
Died: July 26, 1978
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Emma Ferrer
(Model, Artist)
Emma Ferrer
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Birthdate: 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morges, Switzerland
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Louise Nevelson
(Sculptor, Painter)
Louise Nevelson
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Birthdate: September 23, 1899
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi
Died: April 17, 1988

Louise Nevelson was an American sculptor best remembered for her monochromatic outdoor sculptures and wooden wall pieces. Although she was not a feminist, Nevelson's work played a major role in the development of the feminist art movement in the United States. Louise Nevelson is widely regarded as one of the 20th-century's most prominent American sculptors.

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Ana Mendieta
(Cuban-American Performance Artist, Sculptor, Painter and Video Artist)
Ana Mendieta
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Birthdate: November 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: September 8, 1985
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Laurie Simmons
(American Artist, Photographer and Filmmaker)
Laurie Simmons
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Birthdate: October 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
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Elizabeth Catlett
(Best known for her depictions of the Black-American experience in the 20th century)
Elizabeth Catlett
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Birthdate: April 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 2, 2012
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Kara Walker
(Artist)
Kara Walker
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Birthdate: November 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockton
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Kiki Smith
(American Artist)
Kiki Smith
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Birthdate: January 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany

Kiki Smith is a German American artist who lives and works in New York State. Smith's work focuses on themes like regeneration, sex, and birth. An influential artist, Smith's work also discusses subjects like gender and AIDS. Over the years, she has won several prestigious awards, such as the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award and Women in the Arts Award.

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Dorothea Tanning
(American Surrealist Artist)
Dorothea Tanning
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Birthdate: August 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, United States
Died: January 31, 2012

Remembered for her surrealist paintings, sculptor and painter Dorothea Margaret Tanning seemed to have recreated her visions and dreams through her art. Most of her works showcase unreal situations, with motifs such as gigantic flowers and doors. Her iconic installation Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 showcases her sculpting skills.

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Ruth Asawa
(American Modernist Sculptor Known for Her Abstract Wire Sculptures)
Ruth Asawa
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Birthdate: January 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norwalk, California, United States
Died: August 5, 2013

Ruth Asawa was an American sculptor best remembered for her wire sculptures, some of which are preserved in the tower of the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, California. An arts education advocate, Asawa played an important role in the establishment of the San Francisco School of the Arts.

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Isabelle Collin Dufresne
(Artist)
Isabelle Collin Dufresne
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Birthdate: September 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Tronche, France
Died: June 14, 2014
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Elaine de Kooning
(Distinguished Landscape and Portrait Artist)
Elaine de Kooning
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Birthdate: March 12, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 1, 1989

Elaine de Kooning, an accomplished landscape and portrait artist, remained active in Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Expressionist movements during post-Second World War era. Elaine admired artwork of Dutch-American abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning, her future husband, and honed her skills under his tutelage. Figure served as subject of representational portraiture for Elaine, who was perhaps best-known for her portraits.

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Adelaide Hall
(Singer, Artist, Jazz musician, Actor, Stage actor)
Adelaide Hall
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Birthdate: October 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 7, 1993