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Winners of Emerging Woman Artist Award

Emerging Woman Artist Award & Exhibit

The Arts to Hearts Project is proud to present the biannual Emerging Woman Artist Award, a celebration of young, emerging women artists from all corners of the globe. Our mission is to provide a fresh and open platform for these talented individuals to showcase their incredible work, bringing attention to the undiscovered treasures within the art world.

With each installment of the award, our goal is not only to curate an exciting group of artists and award winners but also to provide them with valuable resources for their artistic journey. This includes financial support, exhibition opportunities, access to our global network, and valuable publications that can help propel their art careers forward.

Beyond supporting the winners, we curate the Emerging Woman Artist Award show, where we highlight a remarkable selection of artists whose works are nothing short of captivating. Additionally, we present a virtual exhibit featuring 35 artists, giving them the exposure and recognition they deserve.

We eagerly anticipate the upcoming edition of the Emerging Woman Artist Award, and we invite you to stay informed by signing up for our newsletter, ensuring that you never miss an opportunity to be part of this inspiring journey.

Emerging Woman Artist Award: Summer 2023:Winners

Ali Hval


Ali Hval (she/her) (b. 1993, Sacramento, CA) is a visual artist currently living and working in Iowa City, Iowa. She is currently a Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa. She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in Painting and Drawing with a Ceramics minor, and a BFA in Painting from the University of Alabama. Her work merges ceramic, fabric, installation, and painting. The forms and materials she uses reflect her interest in adornment and the relentless critique and politicization of the body.

Nicole Maloof

1st runner-up

Nicole Maloof is a Washington, DC-based artist and recent MFA graduate from American University. She graduated from Boston College in 2019 with degrees in both Studio Art and Psychology. Her art practice engages themes surrounding the abject body, seduction, and perception. Maloof was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was four years old. As someone with an autoimmune disease, she is constantly aware of the inner workings of the body. She hopes to bring this level of awareness to the viewer through material exploration.

Kathryn Knudsen


Kathryn is a Mother of 3 amazing young girls. She works and lives at the base of the mountains in Provo, Utah. She attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University, where she taught in the Studio Arts program. She enjoys exploring and experimenting with all sorts of materials and is especially interested in the use of art to examine and bring notice to humans’ impact on the environment.

Jenny Lee Robinson


Jenny Lee Robinson is an American-born mixed-race artist of Korean descent living and working in her mother’s hometown of Seoul, South Korea. While she was raised in the predominantly white suburbs of Minnesota, her parents made a strong effort to maintain a connection to the Korean language and culture. She found ways to engage in Korean communities while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art, and following graduation in 2011, she moved to South Korea.

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