CHAMPION WOMEN THROUGH THE ARTS

A collage of 8 artworks tiled. Clockwise from upper left: landscape with sheep, portrait of a girl in a yellow dress, a silver rattle, a portrait of a woman with a shawl holding a note, a still life of fish and a cat, a portrait of a woman wearing a bun, a relief of draped string, and a print of buildings by the water at night. A collage of 8 artworks tiled. Clockwise from upper left: landscape with sheep, portrait of a girl in a yellow dress, a silver rattle, a portrait of a woman with a shawl holding a note, a still life of fish and a cat, a portrait of a woman wearing a bun, a relief of draped string, and a print of buildings by the water at night.

Collection on the Move

While our building is under renovation, we continue to champion women in the arts. Visit highlights from NMWA’s collection at partner museums nearby and in special exhibitions around the world.

Close-up of hands holding a smartphone recording an artist talk in front of a yellow artwork in the museum.

Related Quote

“People in the art world want to think we are achieving parity more quickly than we are.”
Susan Fisher Sterling, The Alice West Director

Advocate for Women

Women artists have been marginalized for centuries. Gender bias is less overt today, but contemporary women artists still face many obstacles and disparities, as well as persistent underrepresentation in museum collections and exhibitions worldwide. Their historical precursors still deserve to have their stories told.

Close-up photograph of a painted quilt shows a medium-dark skinned woman dancing exuberantly. There is a white flower in her hair, and she wears dangling gold earrings and gold loops around her neck.
Faith Ringgold, American Collection #4: Jo Baker’s Bananas (detail), 1997; Photo credit: Emily Haight, NMWA

Faith Ringgold, American Collection #4: Jo Baker’s Bananas (detail), 1997; Photo credit: Emily Haight, NMWA

Online Resources

NMWA @ Home

Close-up detail of a larger artwork features a view of two felt houses. On the viewer's right is an orange house that is out-of-focus while on the left is a blue house that is in-focus and has visible stitches, coarse texture, and rectangular windows.
View special online exhibitions, educational resources, and activities to learn about women artists.

Exhibitions

A black and white photograph of a young girl wearing a dress and coat jumping over a brick wall. Three other figures lean over the wall in the upper right corner of the composition. The jumping girl is the only figure who is in focus.
Explore our online exhibitions, including images, audio, and virtual tours.

Collection

Close-up detail of an abstract painting that features dense and chaotic brushstrokes of pale gray, lavender, and cobalt.
Examine highlights from the museum’s collection, spanning more than 5,500 works from the Renaissance through today.

Explore Things to Do @ NMWA

Art Chat @ Five: Perfect Casts

Date: Oct, 07
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

The Tea: Like Water

Date: Oct, 07
Time: 12 to 1 pm

NMWA xChange: Past, Present, Future with Dianne Smith

Date: Oct, 11
Time: 12 to 12:45 pm

Art Chat @ Five: By the Book

Date: Oct, 14
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

Art Chat @ Five: Costume Party!

Date: Oct, 21
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

Fresh Talk: Art and the Ecstatic

Date: Oct, 23
Time: 4:30 to 6 pm

Art Chat @ Five: Photobooks

Date: Oct, 28
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

Art Chat @ Five

Date: Nov, 04
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

The Tea: Sofar Sounds

Date: Nov, 04
Time: 7:30 to 10 pm

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View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Margaret Bourke-White, ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print, 10 x 10 1/2 in.; NMWA, Gift of Helen Cumming Ziegler; Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe © 1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents
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