CHAMPION WOMEN THROUGH THE ARTS

An abstract painting with purple-toned human-like figures against a gold backdrop with dark mountainous forms. An abstract painting with purple-toned human-like figures against a gold backdrop with dark mountainous forms.

Now on view, this exhibition features works by 28 visionary artists that reimagine the past, present alternate realities, and inspire audiences to create different futures.

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Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Women in the Arts advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement, and social change.

Open late today 10 am to 8 pm

Two museum visitors are viewing an artwork. The artwork is a black-and-white close-up portrait of a woman's face. She has a dark skin tone and is holding her face in her hands.

Mezzanine level of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Photo by Joy Asico-Smith for NMWA

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 historic and contemporary artwork. Museum programs and events 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.

A modern museum gallery is photographed at a wide angle. It features several inset bays in which art of various sizes and mediums is hung. In the foreground, a marble sculpture depicts an abstracted, voluptuous figure with a pregnant belly. The figure is covered in bright patterns and posed stepping forward, with raised, outstretched arms.
Niki de Saint Phalle’s Pregnant Nana (1995) greets visitors in the new collection galleries; Photo by Jennifer Hughes

Current Exhibitions

New Worlds

A woman in a blue dress and white face paint stands in a vast green landscape. She looks off to the side while carrying a foliage-covered lantern on her back. Two blue birds rest on her feather and wicker headdress.
Visionary artists reimagine the past, present alternate realities, and inspire audiences to create different futures in New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024. This is the seventh and largest installment of the museum’s Women to Watch exhibition series.

Holding Ground

An artist's book, opened to reveal a pop-up of many colorful flowers in a vase. The pages are dark with black writing.
In Holding Ground: Artists’ Books for the National Museum of Women in the Arts nine new works by celebrated book artists inaugurate NMWA’s new Learning Commons and its reinvigorated Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center.

Hung Liu

An etching of a Chinese woman working at a wooden loom. Three colorful birds sit in the foreground of the print in front of the loom. Above the loom hovers a dream-like figure of a Chinese person wearing a long yellow robe. The figure is riding on a mystical red bird.
In Hung Liu: Making History “weeping” paintings and prints by Hung Liu features signature paint drips, layers of color, and cultural symbols that pay homage to overlooked figures in history, predominantly vulnerable women and children from the artist’s native China.

In Focus

A rendering of the gallery entrance of sliding glass doors with gold rim and the words "In Focus: Artists at Work" in white. A light-skinned man holding the hand of a light-skinned young girl walk toward the entrance. Beyond the glass doors, there are people watching three large video screens. Art Processors' logo is in the bottom right corner.
In Focus: Artists at Work provides a close-up look into the practices and perspectives of eight contemporary collection artists via short documentary-style videos.

Impressive

A black-and-white, horizontal print depicts multiple Roman-style male figures on horseback. They hold weapons or brass musical instruments and process, somewhat chaotically, towards the viewer's right.
The Entrance of the Emperor Sigismond into Mantua, an extraordinary series of 25 prints by 17th-century French artist Antoinette Bouzonnet-Stella is presented at NMWA for the first time in almost 15 years in the exhibition Impressive: Antoinette Bouzonnet-Stella.

Remix

A horizontal canvas combines collaged paper, such as a scrap of a U.S. map, comic strip, and pictographs; cloth swatches; scrawled and dripped paint; and phrases like “It takes hard work to keep racism alive” and “Oh! Zone.” The work’s title appears in red paint right of center.
Remix: The Collection showcases familiar collection favorites as well as never-before-exhibited recent acquisitions. Artworks are grouped around themes that resonate among global artists across time.

Explore Things to Do @ NMWA

Edit-a-thon: Disability Activism

Date: Jul, 20
Time: 11 am to 2 pm

Educator Summer Camp: Puzzle Books with Priya Pereira

Date: Jul, 22
Time: 10 to 11:30 am

Educator Summer Camp: “Memory Blocks” with Suzanne Coley

Date: Jul, 23
Time: 10 to 11:30 am

Educator Summer Camp: “Junk Journals” with Sarah Matthews

Date: Jul, 24
Time: 10 to 11:30 am

Educator Summer Camp: Fishbone Books with Nathalie Ryan

Date: Jul, 25
Time: 10 to 11:30 am

Educator Summer Camp: Volvelles with Emily Martin

Date: Jul, 26
Time: 10 to 11:30 am

Art Chat @ Five: What is Time?

Date: Jul, 26
Time: 5 to 5:45 pm

Free Community Day

Date: Aug, 04
Time: 10 am to 5 pm

NMWA Collects: New Acquisitions

Date: Aug, 07
Time: 6 to 7 pm

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