Urgent Museum Notice


Exterior color photo of the museum building with a blue sky and clouds. Exterior color photo of the museum building with a blue sky and clouds.

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

  • Smartphone filming of a darker skinned woman artist talking in front of her pink and yellow artwork in the museum gallery.
  • A dark-skinned adult woman stands at a podium at the National Museum of Women in the Arts to speak. She has short dreadlocks, jewelry, and a jacket with a large purple and black plaid print on it. Behind her is a screen with the words 'Women, Arts, & Social Change.'
  • Woman taking a photograph of a colorful striped painting using a camera mounted on a tripod.
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

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View special online exhibitions, educational resources, and activities to learn about women artists.


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.


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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: Rolling Back the Years—2022/1922

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

Art Chat @ Five: A Room of One’s Own

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

Art Chat @ Five: Fierce February—We Are Family

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

The Tea: Ting Lin

Date: Feb, 04
Time: 12 to 1 pm

NMWA xChange: Pulsating Patterns

Date: Feb, 08
Time: 12 to 12:45 pm

Art Chat @ Five: Fierce February—Location, Location, Location

Date: Feb, 11
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

Virtual Happy Hour: Artemisia Gentileschi Celebration

Date: Feb, 16
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Art Chat @ Five: Fierce February—Powerful People, Powerful Portraits

Date: Feb, 18
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

Art Chat @ Five: Fierce February—Deep Dive

Date: Feb, 25
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

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Featured Blog Post

Impress your friends with five fast facts about Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945). NMWA’s collection includes 16 of Kollwitz’s works, including three sculptures and 13 prints.
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.
Käthe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait, 1921; Etching on paper, 12 x 17 1/2 in.; NMWA, Museum purchase: Members’ Acquisition Fund; © 2005 Artists Rights Society (ARS)/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn