Conceived in 2016by Los Angeles-based artist Kim Schoenstadt in response to the dearth of women-identified and non-binary artists in museum and gallery exhibitions, Now Be Here began as a project to document the depth and breadth of this dynamic community.
The project began on August 28, 2016 in the courtyard of Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles over 700 women identifying artists gathered with nearly 1000 artists RSVPing. The resulting group photograph immediately went viral. The project traveled to the Brooklyn Museum with Shinique Smith as the local artist collaborator, The Perez Art Museum in Miami with Jane Heart as the local artist collaborator, and The National Museum of Women In The Arts in Washington D.C. with linn meyers as the local artist collaborator, nearly 3000 women identifying and non-binary artists participated this far in total.
We are in the process of upgrading the Now Be Here project website to feature a searchable directory that is available to all women-identifying and non-binary artists—regardless of your participation in the Now Be Here project. The new site will also provide resources, ideas, and connections to help further your respective practice. Artists please contact me below to register your work before we make the site public.
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How we use your information: I have been asked repeatedly to share the lists that have been compiled. Much to their annoyance, I do not share the Now Be Here e-mail lists.