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

Virtual Studio Tour with Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi

Date: Dec, 02
Time: 1 to 2 pm

Art Chat @ Five: ‘Tis the Season

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

The Tea: Rachel Andie

Date: Dec, 03
Time: 12 to 1 pm

Collection Highlights Talk

Date: Dec, 06
Time: 10 to 11 am

Alma Woodsey Thomas: Beneath the Surface

Date: Dec, 08
Time: 1 to 1:45 pm

NMWA Book Club: Cat’s Eye

Date: Dec, 09
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm

NMWA Book Club: Cat’s Eye

Date: Dec, 10
Time: 12 to 1 pm

Art Chat @ Five: Merry Christmas from the Norton Family

Date: Dec, 10
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

NMWA xChange: Remembering Those Lost

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

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Featured Blog Post

November is National American Indian Heritage Month! Impress your friends with five fast facts about Navajo visual artist Emmi Whitehorse (b. 1957), whose works are part of NMWA’s collection.
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.
Emmi Whitehorse, Jackstraw, 2000; Lithograph on paper, 22 1/4 x 30 1/8 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of the Harry and Lea Gudelsky Foundation, Inc.