Hedda Sterne was born on August 4th and was an abstract expressionist who actively created art in a variety of styles until her passing at 100 years.

She is known as the only female in this famous picture taken for the cover of the New York Times. This group of artists, later to be known as the Abstract Expressionists, rejected to enter the juried exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art because they felt the juror selection was too conservative.

“They all were very furious that I was in [the photograph] because they all were sufficiently macho to think that the presence of a woman took away from the seriousness of it all.” —Hedda Sterne

Way to go Hedda: stand the tallest and proudest!

"Nobody tried to influence me. I just worked."-Hedda Sterne