Where our signature Nova backpack becomes a canvas to celebrate women in the arts.

From roles in leadership to roles as artists, women have been overlooked and underrepresented in the arts.   


We celebrate them by partnering with female artists of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and visual styles to transform the Nova backpack with elements of their work.

The Nova Art Project is designed to champion women in the arts while recognizing the challenges they face when pursuing art careers.

We introduce exclusive transformations of the Herschel Nova™ Backpack with otherworldly creations by Brieanne Mikuska.

Women make up 45.8% of visual artists in the United States earning 74 cents for every dollar made by a male artist.

National Endowment for the Arts


Creating Stronger Futures

ArtTable organization logo

We’re proud to partner with ArtTable, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional opportunities for women in the arts. With its large membership network and ongoing community initiatives, ArtTable offers support at every career stage.

Through the Nova Art Project, we’re directly funding the journeys of two fellows with ArtTable’s National Fellowship program.

Since 2000, 147 fellows have moved on to arts leadership roles.

A crowd of people in a gallery looking at 4 pieces of Miriam Shapiro's art hanging on the wall.
A crowd of people in a gallery looking at 4 pieces of Miriam Shapiro's art hanging on the wall.
The Nova Art Project
Keep Searching, Keep Growing.

Brieanne Mikuska

Brieanne Mikuska is a Calgary tattoo artist who co-runs a women-led studio called WOW Tattoo Shop. She captures shared human experiences of growth and invites us to embrace change with her otherworldly creations.

Carry Joy on Your Back

Arty Guava

Arty Guava is a Malaysian-born artist and graphic designer based in Vancouver, BC. She celebrates the beauty of life’s moments with illustrations that capture joyful scenes, inspired by her upbringing in Penang and the world around her.

A Universe of Emotions

Henn Kim

Henn Kim draws on personal experiences to create her signature black and white illustrations. In her surrealist approach, she blends fantasy with reality, creating artwork that touches on themes of love, heartbreak, dreams, loneliness and more.

Unapologetically Feminine

Miriam Schapiro  

Miriam Schapiro devoted her life to helping women discover their identities as artists. With artwork that spans painting, printmaking and sculpting, she uses vibrant colors, patterns and hyperfeminine visuals to represent women’s work in the domestic space.