Urgent Museum Notice

CHAMPION WOMEN THROUGH THE ARTS

Photograph of the gallery with artwork on the wall against yellow and white walls and artwork in the middle of the gallery on a circular base low to the ground. Photograph of the gallery with artwork on the wall against yellow and white walls and artwork in the middle of the gallery on a circular base low to the ground.

Now on View

Explore the first midcareer survey of the renowned textile artist, Sonya Clark. The exhibition, Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend, features 100 mixed-media works that address race and visibility, explore Blackness, and redress history.

Visit Us

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities.

We are open today from 10 am to 5 pm

Front-facing photograph of the building exterior with green doors, posts, and tree.
  • 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.
Space to Soar: Building Renovation and Capital Campaign
Now is the time to renovate our landmark building that stands as a beacon and a flagship for women artists and advocates worldwide.

NMWA Campaign

Help us restore, revitalize, and reimagine our iconic home in Washington, D.C. Support our ambitious $66 million campaign.

Old color, front-facing photograph of the museum exterior from 1984.

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

Explore Things to Do @ NMWA

  • Curative Collective Conversation: Comida Casera Project

    Date: Jun, 14
    Time: 12 to 1 pm
  • Her Flag Panel Discussion

    Date: Jun, 16
    Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
  • Art Chat @ Five: Creative Collaborations

    Date: Jun, 18
    Time: 5 to 5:45 pm
  • Free Community Day

    Date: Jun, 20
    Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Curative Collective Conversation: Maggie Pate

    Date: Jun, 21
    Time: 12 to 1 pm
  • Art Chat @ Five: Vacation Plans

    Date: Jun, 25
    Time: 5 to 5:45 pm
  • Collection Highlights Talk

    Date: Jun, 26
    Time: 1 to 2 pm
  • Curative Collective Conversation: djassi daCosta johnson

    Date: Jun, 28
    Time: 12 to 1 pm
  • Art Chat @ Five

    Date: Jul, 02
    Time: 5 to 5:45 pm
  • Featured Blog Post

    Curator Legacy Russell has been named the executive director and chief curator of the Kitchen; A protest against Picasso’s abuse of women; A look at Liza Lou’s famed beaded kitchens; and more.
    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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