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, Karen Alber and Stephanie Andrews, 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.
Since March 2017, FemArt has grown very strong. The first exhibition consisted of 17 women artists who became the first members of FemArt. Since January 2020 FemArt held an exhibit of 47 women who exhibited over 100 pieces of art and co-curated and initiated the largest all women art exhibition at the Haskell Gallery located at the Jacksonville International Airport that also began in January 2020. Combined these shows exhibited near 150 women's artwork. Since art exhibitions were impacted by the Coronavirus and options to practice social distancing and contain the deadly virus made it impossible to exhibit women's work, FemArt developed a virtual art exhibition that has exhibited 35 women's work all over the world and has promoted women's visual voices 24/7 from the comforts and safety of homes and/or businesses.
FemArt 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.