Arlene Raven is an art historian who has published seven books on contemporary art and written criticism for The Village Voice and a variety of newspapers, art magazines, exhibition catalogues, and scholarly journals as diverse as Ms., October, and The New York Daily News since 1969. She is a contributing editor for On the Issues: The Progressive Woman's Quarterly and a member of the advisory board of Review.
Raven, who holds an M.F.A. degree in painting and M.A. and Ph.D. in art history, studied at Hood College, George Washington University, and Johns Hopkins University.
Raven has lectured nationally and taught at California Institute of the Arts, The Maryland Institute, Parsons School of Design, UCLA, University of Southern California, and The New School for Social Research. She is a pioneer in progressive education and was an architect of the educational programs of the Feminist Studio Workshop, an independent school.
Raven has curated ten exhibitions, including comprehensive surveys for the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art. Raven was a founder of the Women's Caucus for Art, the Los Angeles Woman's Building, and Chrysalis magazine.
Raven's selected essays were published as Crossing Over: Feminism and Art of Social Concern in 1988 in UMI Research Press's American Art Critics series. She is an author and editor of Feminist Art Criticism: An Anthology (UMI, 1988; Harper/Collins, 1993), New Feminist Art (Harper/Collins, 1993), and Art in the Public Interest (UMI, 1989; Da Capo, 1994). She is an author of Exposures: Women The Art (NewSage, 1989). Her monographs are Nancy Grossman (Hillwood Art Museum, 1991) and June Wayne: Tunnel of the Senses (Neuberger Museum, 1997).
Raven won grants from the California Arts Commission, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts art critics' fellowships. She was recognized by Hood College in 1997 with a Doctor of Humanities degree honoris causa. Feminist Art Criticism won the Susan Koppelman Award from the Women's Caucus of the Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association for the best anthology of 1988. Raven is listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women, among others.See also "Through the Peephole: Toward a Lesbian Sensibility in Art" by Arlene Raven and Ruth Iskin, Chrysalis: a Magazine of Women's Culture, #4, Los Angeles: Chrysalis, 1977.