Joan Mitchell holds a special place in my heart because she is both a talented artist and aggressive. I'm really fond of women who challenge our ideas about gender roles and prescribed rules of behavior. Women are often socialized to be passive while most men are encouraged to be aggressive. Women need to be more aggressive and vice versa. But I digress and Mitchell’s strong personality isn't the story here - it's her place in the canon of art history. The women of Abstract Expressionism have been the focus of recent scholarship and exhibition. For instance, Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum highlighted Joan Mitchell and fellow Abstract Exhibitionists by contextualizing their experiences and contributions into the larger story of art. I'm thankful for all the recent focus on Mitchell's work because I fell in love her bold, lyrical brushstrokes.