CHAMPION WOMEN THROUGH THE ARTS

A building with a white mesh artwork covering its façade, featuring bright pink cross-stitched letters that say White gauzy fabric hangs in front of scaffolding surrounding a city building. Bold magenta letters on the fabric read, “As long as generations change but our struggles stay the same, I will be a feminist.”

Now On View

Explore Katharina Cibulka’s public art installation, SOLANGE #27, for NMWA’s exterior during the museum’s renovation.

Close-up of hands holding a smartphone recording an artist talk in front of a yellow artwork in the museum.
In front of a stormy ocean, a woman with light skin and blonde, wind-blown hair stands with head turned in profile and eyes closed.
Rania Matar, Rayven, Miami Beach, Florida, from the series “SHE,” 2019; Archival pigment print, 37 x 44 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Robert Klein Gallery; © Rania Matar

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: Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Date: Feb, 17
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

Art Chat @ Five

Date: Mar, 03
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

International Women’s Day 2023: Virtual Festival

Date: Mar, 08
Time: 10:30 am to 7 pm

NMWA xChange: What a Woman Can Do

Date: Mar, 14
Time: 12 to 12:45 pm

Art Chat @ Five

Date: Mar, 17
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

Art Chat @ Five

Date: Mar, 31
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

Art Talk Live: Elizabeth Catlett

Date: Apr, 06
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm

The Tea: Hayley Fahey

Date: Apr, 07
Time: 12 to 1 pm

Art Chat @ Five

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

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Featured Blog Post

Get familiar with acquisitions from the museum’s 2022 fiscal year, including a new sculpture by Alison Saar, a still life by Louise Moillon, and a beaded work by Sonya Clark.
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.
Sonya Clark, Esther Mahlangu’s Touch, 2015; Glass beads, 16 x 16 in.; NMWA, Museum purchase: Members’ Acquisition Fund and Belinda de Gaudemar Curatorial Fund; © Sonya Clark; Photo by Taylor Dabney
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