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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.

  • 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

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.

Notes for Today

The museum has reopened! Find information about our new policies.

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), 1997; Photo credit: Emily Haight, NMWA

Explore Things to Do @ NMWA

  • Curative Collective Conversation: Care for Creatives

    Date: Nov, 30
    Time: 12 to 1 pm
  • Art Chat @ Five: A Wintry Mix

    Date: Dec, 04
    Time: 5 to 5:45 pm
  • The Tea: VeVe Marley

    Date: Dec, 04
    Time: 12 to 1 pm
  • Free Community Day

    Date: Dec, 06
    Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Student Perspectives: The Art of (Social) Distance

    Date: Dec, 06
    Time: 11 am to 12 pm
  • Student Perspectives: Representations of the Body in Art

    Date: Dec, 06
    Time: 1 to 2 pm
  • Museum Late Hours

    Date: Dec, 07
    Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Curative Collective Conversation: Dreaming Out Loud

    Date: Dec, 07
    Time: 12 to 1 pm
  • BMA x NMWA Monthly Talk Show: America

    Date: Dec, 08
    Time: 12 to 12:45 pm
  • Featured Blog Post

    Artist Julia Goodman talks about her process and work, which is featured in Paper Routes, the latest installment of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series.
    An oblique view of two side-by-side sheets made of pulp, one black and one pale pink. They both have raised surface patterns in the shapes of moon phases. Red paint on the back of the sheets reflects a sliver of color on the walls.
    Julia Goodman, Waning (August 19, 2007–July 14, 2008) & Waxing (July 27, 2018–May 10, 2019), 2020; Pulped bedsheets and T-shirts, 33 x 98 x ½ in.; Courtesy of the artist; Photo by Josef Jacques

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