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CHAMPION WOMEN THROUGH THE ARTS

View of the gallery shows an eye-catching marble sculpture in the foreground and a visitor looking at multiple brightly colored artworks in the background. The abstract scupture is of a voluptuous figure with pregnant belly covered in bright patterns and posed with outstretched arms. View of the gallery shows an eye-catching marble sculpture in the foreground and a visitor looking at multiple brightly colored artworks in the background. The abstract scupture is of a voluptuous figure with pregnant belly covered in bright patterns and posed with outstretched arms.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts.

Images From NMWA

  • Night view of city street shows a large sculpture made of eight half-tires arranged into stacked hourglass shapes. Engravings, gold leaf, and green light on the interior of the tires decorate the structure. Light trails from cars frame the sculpture on both sides.
  • Oblique view of gallery with a Baroque painting of the Madonna and Child in a gilded frame on magenta wall at right. In the distance, three more framed works hang on the same wall. Painting on the adjacent white wall is of a reclining figure with a bandage on chest.
  • Two young children with medium skin tone stand in front of a dog sculpture covered with green crochet panels. One child stands with hands on hips, eyes turned to look directly at the viewer, and gives a slight smirk. Adult visitors in the background look at the scene with amusement.

Visit Us Virtually

Although NMWA is temporarily closed, we invite you to explore the work of great women artists through online exhibitions, artwork and artist profiles, talks and news as well as art podcast and video recommendations.

Get inspired by women artists and advocate for gender equity in the arts―from home!

Notes for Today

The museum is currently closed. Learn more and find updates about the closure.

Laure Tixier, Plaid Houses (Maquettes) (detail), 2005–11; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Les Amis du NMWA, Paris, France; © Laure Tixier; Photo by Cameron Robinson

Just 11% of all acquisitions at prominent American museums over the past decade were of work by women artists.

— Artnet News

What We Do

Our rotating special exhibitions showcase work by established and emerging women artists. Museum programs build strong, engaged local communities and foster conversations and connections that inspire change. Our collections feature more than 5,500 works from the 16th century to today created by more than 1,000 artists.

Photo credit: Kevin Allen

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
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.

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.

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

Explore Things to Do @ NMWA

  • Art Chat @ Five: Picturing History

    Date: Jul, 03
    Time: 5 to 5:30 pm
  • Virtual Educator Summer Camp: Introduction to NMWA

    Date: Jul, 06
    Time: 10 to 11 am
  • Virtual Happy Hour: Frida Kahlo Birthday Celebration

    Date: Jul, 06
    Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Virtual Educator Summer Camp: Decorative Papers

    Date: Jul, 08
    Time: 10 to 11 am
  • Virtual Educator Summer Camp: Collage and Assemblage

    Date: Jul, 10
    Time: 10 to 11 am
  • Art Chat @ Five: Confronting History

    Date: Jul, 10
    Time: 5 to 5:30 pm
  • Virtual Educator Summer Camp: Protest Zines

    Date: Jul, 13
    Time: 10 to 11 am
  • BMA x NMWA Monthly Talk Show: Art in Protest

    Date: Jul, 14
    Time: 12 to 12:45 pm
  • Virtual Educator Summer Camp: Easy Art Assignments

    Date: Jul, 15
    Time: 10 to 11 am
  • Featured Blog Post

    Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Zanele Muholi, whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.

    Right: Zanele Muholi, Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg, 2007; Chromogenic print, 30 x 30 in.; Museum purchase: The Paul and Emily Singer Family Foundation with additional support from Nancy Nelson Stevenson; © Zanele Muholi; Courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson, New York, and Stevenson Cape Town / Johannesburg

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