The Women Who Dared Art Collection

The ‘Women Who Dared’ art collection is the largest privately owned collection exclusively by women artists in the world.  About 90% of nurses globally are women.  In honor of the nursing profession, and in support of Nurse Heroes, the 'Women Who Dared' collection is now exhibited to the public for the first time.

The ‘Women who Dared’ collection consists of over 400 works by female artists, from all 7 continents of the world, spanning 2,500 years.

Thirty years ago, two motivated art collectors and philanthropists, Ms. Sandi Nicholson and her husband Mr. Bill Nicholson, discovered that less than 2% of works exhibited by the world’s leading museums and galleries were by women.  This inspired them to assemble the ‘Women Who Dared’ collection as a celebration of the talent, grit and perseverance of women in every field of human endeavor.


Women celebrities and public figures, including Katy Perry, Arian Huffington, Carol Burnett and many more, have created audio and film narrations that reveal the fascinating stories of select artists and their work.

Now the 'Women Who Dared' collection honors the legacy of Florence Nightingale, (founder of modern nursing and the first nursing college), and our nurses around the world.

Lyla Marshall Harcoff - Dignified Profil

From the Women Who Dared collection: 'Florence' 1931

By Lyla Marshall Harcoff (1883 -1956)

How to see the 'Women Who Dared' collection and help honor our Nurse Heroes

Visit the 'Nurse Heroes - Women Who Dared Digital Gallery':  Visit our online gallery to see a tribute to our front line professionals - our digital collection combines memorable images of our nurses, select pieces from the 'Women Who Dared' art collection, together with women who have made difference in history.

Watch the Times Square Live Celebrations:  Art contest finalists and winners will see their art work displayed live on the iconic high-definition digital billboards of Times Square, NYC, alongside select pieces from the 'Women Who Dared' art collection.

Visit the NYC Gallery Exhibition:  When conditions permit, we will have the chance to see in-person the art of select finalists, winners and the 'Women Who Dared' collection, as part a gallery exhibition in Times Square, NYC.

Visit our Touring Exhibitions Select works of art from the Nurse Heroes art contest and the 'Women Who Dared' collection will tour across the country and internationally, exhibited in collaboration with hospitals, museums and host institutions.


Pictured at left:  Ms. Eileen Charlton of The Carlyle Foundation, Ms. Jacquelline Fuller President of the Google Foundation, Ms. Gail Gallie Co-Founder of Project Everyone, Ms. Claudia Romo Edelman Philanthropist and Founder of 'We are All Human', Ms. Sandi Nicholson Philanthropist and 'Women who Dared' Art Collector, Ms. Rose Beaumont SVP Business Enablement and Communications of MasterCard & Ms. Elaine Brennan. Executive Director Northwell Health.

Pictured at right:  At Davos House for the 'Women who Dared' - Ms. Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO GLAAD, Ms. Sandi Nicholson Philanthropist and 'Women Who Dared' Art Collector


Pictured at left:  At Davos House for the 'Women Who Dared' - Ms. Sandi Nicholson Philanthropist and 'Women who Dared' Art Collector, Ms Elaine Brennan, Executive Director Northwell Health

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