Lady Painters is a creative networking initiative co-founded in Brooklyn in 2015 by us, Jenn Dierdorf and Kelsey Shwetz. Small groups of painters and curators gather for dinner to share their work with one another in the homes, studios and galleries of selected hosts. A rotating group of artists are invited based on the strength of their work and a demonstrative commitment to their practice. We find artists whose work we love through word of mouth, recommendation from friends and colleagues, and by scouring exhibitions, websites, and artist events. In addition to the monthly gatherings, Lady Painters events include technical workshops, material swaps, exhibition field trips, and bi-annual festivities.

This website is an archive of our events, a registry of professional women artists, and a resource for painters to connect with each other. We strongly encourage studio visits, cold-calling and collaboration among the community of LPs and beyond.  While it’s important that our dinners remain small in order to foster meaningful connections, we love to meet new artists; reach out to us here.

Jenn Dierdorf is a visual artist working in painting and printmaking. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Kansas and her M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut. She was the Executive Director of SOHO20 Gallery (2008-2013) and Co-Director of A.I.R. Gallery (2014-2016) NYC. Dierdorf has most recently exhibited at Cindy Rucker Gallery (NYC) Morgan Lehman Gallery (NYC) Cleve Carney Gallery (Chicago) and The Ukrainian Institute of Art (Chicago).  Dierdorf is a former member of the Committee for Women in the Arts at the  College Art Association  and  ARTTABLE , and is currently a coordinator for  The Feminist Art Project  out of Rutgers University. She is on the Visual Arts Board for the art collective  ABC No Rio  and is a regular contributor to  The Coastal Post  art blog.  Photo by Paul Esposito

Jenn Dierdorf is a visual artist working in painting and printmaking. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Kansas and her M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut. She was the Executive Director of SOHO20 Gallery (2008-2013) and Co-Director of A.I.R. Gallery (2014-2016) NYC. Dierdorf has most recently exhibited at Cindy Rucker Gallery (NYC) Morgan Lehman Gallery (NYC) Cleve Carney Gallery (Chicago) and The Ukrainian Institute of Art (Chicago). Dierdorf is a former member of the Committee for Women in the Arts at the College Art Association and ARTTABLE, and is currently a coordinator for The Feminist Art Project out of Rutgers University. She is on the Visual Arts Board for the art collective ABC No Rio and is a regular contributor to The Coastal Post art blog.

Photo by Paul Esposito

Kelsey Shwetz is a Canadian born painter who lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens. Shwetz received her BA (Hons) at the University of  Manitoba, completed the Advanced Painting Intensive at Columbia University in 2018, and has been a guest lecturer at UCLA and Pratt Institute. She has exhibited in New York, Germany, Miami, Toronto, and  Montreal and was awarded residencies at the Centre Pompadour (France);  Emerson Landing, Eastside International, Starry Night (USA); and  CanSerrat (Spain). Publications featuring her work include: Maake  Magazine, ArtMaze Magazine, Hiss Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Whitehot  Magazine, NYC-ARTS, Posture Magazine, Flavorwire, Lost at E-Minor, Lip  Magazine, Tjen Folket, and the Globe and Mail. Her most recent solo  exhibition was in the spring of 2018 at Brethren Gallery in New York.

Kelsey Shwetz is a Canadian born painter who lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens. Shwetz received her BA (Hons) at the University of Manitoba, completed the Advanced Painting Intensive at Columbia University in 2018, and has been a guest lecturer at UCLA and Pratt Institute. She has exhibited in New York, Germany, Miami, Toronto, and Montreal and was awarded residencies at the Centre Pompadour (France); Emerson Landing, Eastside International, Starry Night (USA); and CanSerrat (Spain). Publications featuring her work include: Maake Magazine, ArtMaze Magazine, Hiss Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, NYC-ARTS, Posture Magazine, Flavorwire, Lost at E-Minor, Lip Magazine, Tjen Folket, and the Globe and Mail. Her most recent solo exhibition was in the spring of 2018 at Brethren Gallery in New York.