Kimberly Miller is the Executive Director and Founder of FemArt Gallery, Inc. As she was approaching her graduation with her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Florida in 2017 she had read an article written by Guerilla Girls, an anonymous group of feminists, female artists devoted to fighting sexism and racism within the art world. Realizing that there is a bias towards women in Fine Arts she invited 20 colleagues to join her in an effort to correct and repair the social bias towards women artists. Three women answered her call and two of them joined her in creating a non-profit organization that would support women artists through exhibition opportunities, educational programs and bringing awareness of the myriad cultural contributions by women artists through community outreach.
Much pride is taken in Ms. Miller’s activism throughout her life. She has sought social justice for causes such as having petitions signed for Indigenous rights of American Tribes while in high school in 1976, protecting women’s rights in domestic abuse by working in a women’s shelter and marching for legislation changes in 1993, and diligently working towards safer schools for all students while teaching and substitute teaching in the Duval and Middleburg districts. It was without hesitation that she answered the call to make necessary changes for women artists to be recognized for their artwork as contributions to our society’s cultural identity.
Since March 2017, FemArt has grown from 17 members to over 75. Over 10 group and solo shows have been orchestrated that exhibited over 150 pieces of artwork by women artists. FemArt also has offered community outreach with women artists who volunteered to paint a mural for a local daycare that provides discounted childcare for women who return to school to better their family lives. FemArt has offered talks about legal matters for artists, free critiques for women to gain speaking skills and get their work evaluated as well as offered history of artists like Augusta Savage and Georgia O’Keeffe to preschoolers at the Goddard School in Orange Park.
As the Executive Director and Founder of FemArt, Kimberly Miller continues to find innovative ways to help women develop their art skills and be recognized and valued in our society. One of Ms. Miller’s visions is to have a gallery with studio spaces and offer childcare in the building for mothers who want to pursue their art careers but understand the importance of care for their children. This is proposed so that a woman does not have to choose between a career and role as a mother any more than a man needs to choose between fatherhood and career. She also wants to provide art therapy in-house for those women who have been traumatized by sexual assault or have mental health concerns that may keep them from being their most creative selves.