Welcome to the About Us page. Based in New York, NY, a leading art capital of the world, Manhattan Arts International has been a leading advocate for under-recognized and accomplished artists from around the world since its inception in 1983. We are dedicated to promoting and rewarding artistic excellence in all styles and mediums.
Under the direction of Renée Phillips, founder and director, we offer a curated artist membership program, online gallery, juried online exhibitions, and articles about art and artists.
We provide a high quality resource for art buyers and art professionals. Click here to read praise received for Manhattan Arts International
Our purpose is to promote artists to our large network of galleries, private dealers, art writers, art consultants, curators and art buyers. We provide an online platform for artists to gain exposure and recognition. We encourage visitors to go to their websites, contact them directly, join them on social media, and buy their art directly from them.
Manhattan Arts International has advanced the careers of thousands of artists from around the world. Artists apply to become members or have won memberships in our juried exhibitions. They have met specific professional standards. Click here to visit the Art Gallery and Meet the Artists
Throughout the year we announce Calls for Artists on unique themes, such as The Healing Power of ART” , “HERStory, and “New Beginnings”, which are promoted extensively throughout our social media channels and subscription-based email newsletters.
- More than 50 artists are selected for each of our exhibitions.
- Artists receive promotion, publicity and special recognition and service awards.
- The exhibiting artists gain visibility and increased traffic on their own websites as a result of our continuous promotion in social media and our subscription-based email newsletters.
Current Call For Artists
Our next exhibition will be “New Beginnings”, January 20 – March 20, 2018.
We’re now accepting entries. Learn more here.
Our Articles About Art & Artists & Interviews
We write articles about major artists in history as well as articles about art and artists who are in our online gallery. You’ll also find interviews with artists, gallerists, curators and other art leaders. Visit our directory of Articles.
About Renée Phillips, Founder & Director
Renée Phillips, founder of Manhattan Arts International, launched one of the first online galleries in 1999 after publishing Manhattan Arts International magazine for 17 years to promote emerging artists. She has curated more than 65 exhibitions in NYC and online including several devoted to “The Healing Power of ART” and “HERStory”. She is the author of several art business books and e-Books and is a member of the prestigious International Association of Art Critics.
Known as The Artrepreneur Coach, www.renee-phillips.com, she is a mentor and career advisor for art professionals. She has served on advisory boards on several nonprofit arts organizations and is also the founder and editor of The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS, an online resource of art that has been created to heal individuals, society and the environment. She has served as Honorary Committee for Catharine Lorillard Wolfe’s Annual Exhibition for more than 10 years.
She attended The Art Students League, American Art School and other NYC art institutions. As a student, to help emerging artists gain recognition, she launched “Artopia” and exhibited the work of fellow artists in galleries and alternative venues throughout NYC, NY.
As a public speaker Renée has presented keynote speeches and workshops in museums, galleries and colleges throughout the U.S., including New York University, Art Institute of Chicago, Heckscher Museum, New York Foundation for the Arts, ART EXPO NY, among others, and designed and presented a series of Art and Business classes for Marymount Manhattan College.
As an artist she sold her work to hundreds of private collectors and corporations including Merrill Lynch, Panasonic Corp. and Chase bank. Her art has been featured in many publications and in Nancy Reyner’s book Acrylic Innovation: Styles & Techniques Featuring 64 Visionary Artists.
Visit her website: The Artrepreneur Coach
Some of Our Many Friends and Associates
The success of Manhattan Arts International relies on its privilege of collaborating with many art leaders. For “The Healing Power of ART 2017” exhibition we collaborated with Lisa Cooper, of Elisa Contemporary art gallery; Barbara Markoff, art consultant and owner of Artrageous! Gallery; John R. Math; director of Light Space & Time gallery, and Ed Wedman, director of Exhibitions Without Walls.
For its “HERStory 2017” exhibition it worked with a panel for Special Recognition Art Awards. Shown above are: Bren Sibilsky, sculptor, and founder of Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art; Karen Gutfreund, artist, curator of feminist exhibitions in museums and other venues, and a partner at GutfreundCornett; Jill Pankey, artist and former Senior Lecturer at Texas State University, School of Art & Design; Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark and a renowned art marketing expert and writer who presents workshops throughout the U.S; and Nancy Reyner, award-winning artist, author of several art books, instructor, and former technical consultant for Golden Paints.
We have also had the pleasure of organizing art exhibitions with: Edward Rubin, curator, arts writer, and visiting lecturer based in New York, NY; Lilly Wei, art critic for Art in America magazine; Jill Conner, art critic, independent curator in NYC, NY and founder of AS | ARTISTS STUDIOS; and James Bacchi, co-owner of Arthaus Gallery, San Francisco; and many other prominent leaders in the arts.