American Female Sculptors

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Leslie Stefanson
(Actress, Model, Artist, Sculptor)
Leslie Stefanson
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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.

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Louise Bourgeois
(Artist Best Known for Her Large-Scale Sculpture and Installation Art)
Louise Bourgeois
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Birthdate: December 25, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 31, 2010

Louise Bourgeois was a French-American artist best remembered for her large-scale installation art and sculpture. Also a prolific printmaker and painter, Bourgeois explored a variety of themes, such as sexuality and death. In 1997, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2009, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Edmonia Lewis
(First African-American and Native American Sculptor to Achieve International Prominence)
Edmonia Lewis
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Birthdate: July 4, 1844
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rensselaer County, New York, United States
Died: September 17, 1907

Edmonia Lewis was an American sculptor who worked in Rome for most of her career. The first African-American sculptor to gain international prominence, Lewis was also the only Black female artist to have participated and recognized by the American artistic mainstream until the end of the 19th century. Molefi Kete Asante included Lewis in his 100 Greatest African Americans list.

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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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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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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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Emilie Benes Brzezinski
(artist, sculptor)
Emilie Benes Brzezinski
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Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: Geneva

Emilie Benes Brzezinski is a Swiss American sculptor best known for her sculptures made out of wood. Her monumental work Lintel, which was made from cut cherry trees, is currently preserved in a sculpture park named Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. Over the years, Emilie Benes has displayed her work at several art exhibitions, including the Florence Biennale.

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Kiki Smith
(Sculptor, Painter, Artist)
Kiki Smith
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Birthdate: January 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nuremberg

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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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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Augusta Savage
(Sculptor)
Augusta Savage
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Birthdate: February 29, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Green Cove Springs
Died: March 26, 1962

Augusta Savage was an American sculptor best remembered for her association with the Harlem Renaissance. Savage also worked as a teacher and her studio served as an important tool to the development of the careers of several artists who went on to achieve national prominence. In 2008, Augusta Savage was inducted into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame. 

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Ginger Gilmour
(Sculptor, Model)
Ginger Gilmour
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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.   

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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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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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Cécilia Rodhe
(Sculptor, Model)
Cécilia Rodhe
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Birthdate: September 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Cécilia Rodhe is a Swedish sculptor and former model who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She achieved popularity in 1978 when she won the Miss Sweden pageant. She went on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant the same year where she finished fifth.

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Ruth Asawa
(Sculptor)
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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Sarah Sze
(Sculptor)
Sarah Sze
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, US

Sarah Sze is an American contemporary artist best known for her installation works and sculptures. She uses everyday materials to explore the role of technology in contemporary life for which she has received several awards like the Louise Blouin Foundation Award and Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Apart from being an artist, Sarah also works as a professor at Columbia University.

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Lynda Benglis
(Painter)
Lynda Benglis
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Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lake Charles
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Anna Hyatt Huntington
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Birthdate: March 10, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 4, 1973
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Vanessa Beecroft
(American Contemporary Performance Artist)
Vanessa Beecroft
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Birthdate: April 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Vanessa Beecroft is a contemporary performance artist who often works with professional models to stage tableaux vivants. In 2018, she used Kim Kardashian as her model for the release of the latter's perfume brand. A controversial personality, Vanessa Beecroft's unsuccessful attempt to adopt Sudanese twins inspired a derogative documentary titled The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins by Pietra Brettkelly.

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Marisol
(Sculptor)
Marisol
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Birthdate: May 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 30, 2016
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Nancy Holt
(Artist)
Nancy Holt
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Birthdate: April 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 8, 2014
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Audrey Flack
(Artist)
Audrey Flack
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Birthdate: May 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Wangechi Mutu
(Visual artist, known primarily for her painting, sculpture, film, and performance work)
Wangechi Mutu
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Birthdate: June 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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Elisabet Ney
(Sculptor)
Elisabet Ney
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Birthdate: January 26, 1833
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Münster, Germany
Died: June 29, 1907
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Lilian Swann Saarinen
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Birthdate: April 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 27, 1995
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Lee Bontecou
(Sculptor)
Lee Bontecou
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Birthdate: January 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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Jacqueline Piatigorsky
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Birthdate: November 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 15, 2012

Jacqueline Piatigorsky was a French-American sculptor, chess player, philanthropist, author, and arts patron. As a chess player, Piatigorsky represented the USA in the first Women's Chess Olympiad, in 1957, where she won a bronze medal. An important patron of the arts, Jacqueline Piatigorsky helped raise money for the New England Conservatory of Music to create an award for deserving artists. 

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Deborah Butterfield
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Birthdate: May 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
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Harriet Hosmer
(Sculptor)
Harriet Hosmer
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Birthdate: October 9, 1830
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Watertown, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 21, 1908
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Miriam Schapiro
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Birthdate: November 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: June 20, 2015

American-Canadian artist Miriam Schapiro experimented with minimalism, abstraction, and geometry and often expressed her own feminist thoughts though her art. Her best-known works include Anatomy of a Kimono, the sculpture Dollhouse, and her art inspired by Jewish heritage, such as Mother Russia. She was also skilled in creating femmage art.

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Coosje van Bruggen
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Birthdate: June 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: January 10, 2009

Dutch-American sculptor Coosje van Bruggen is best known for her collaborations with her sculptor husband, Claes Oldenburg. Their works include Shuttlecocks at the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and Flashlight at the University of Nevada. She has also penned several books and been a sculpture critic at Yale University.

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Teresita Fernández
(Visual artist)
Teresita Fernández
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Birthdate: May 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
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Patience Wright
(Sculptor)
Patience Wright
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Birthdate: 1725 AD
Birthplace: Oyster Bay, New York, United States
Died: March 23, 1786
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Malvina Hoffman
(Sculptor)
Malvina Hoffman
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Birthdate: June 15, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: July 10, 1966

The daughter of English pianist Richard Hoffman, Malvina Hoffman was initially trained in painting but later deviated toward sculpting. She specialized in bronze sculptures and life-size figures of eminent personalities such as ballerina Anna Pavlova and poet John Keats. Her iconic works have adorned the Field Museum of Natural History.

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Anne Whitney
(Sculptor)
Anne Whitney
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Birthdate: September 2, 1821
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Watertown, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 23, 1915
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Sylvia Shaw Judson
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Birthdate: June 30, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 31, 1978
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Bessie Potter Vonnoh
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Birthdate: August 17, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: March 8, 1955
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Janet Scudder
(Sculptor)
Janet Scudder
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Birthdate: October 27, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Died: June 9, 1940

Award-winning American sculptor and painter Janet Scudder is most-noted for her bas-relief portraiture, portrait medallions, memorial sculptures, garden sculptures and fountains. Some of her noted works include designing a seal for New York Bar Association, her first major commission; the Frog Fountain that paved way for several other sculptures and fountains; and a Congressional Gold Medal honouring Domício da Gama.

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Helen Farnsworth Mears
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Birthdate: December 21, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 17, 1916
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Winifred Holt
(Sculptor)
Winifred Holt
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Birthdate: November 17, 1870
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 14, 1945