National & International Committees

Abstract watercolor in blue, green, and pink pastel shades, the brushstrokes look like waves.
Jiha Moon, Cascade Crinoline, 2008; Gift of the Georgia State Committee of NMWA; © Jiha Moon; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

NMWA’s national and international committees bring the museum’s message to a worldwide audience.

Located in states and major cities around the globe, these affiliate groups raise the museum’s profile and do grassroots advocacy on behalf of women artists in their regions. They plan local programs that highlight NMWA’s mission, collection, exhibitions, and activities. Committee members work with NMWA staff to increase membership and donate works of art, and they fund exhibitions, education programs, and object conservation.

Examples of committee projects include:

  • The Ohio Advisory Group organized a Fresh Talk panel discussion at MOCA Cleveland, bringing together five woman leaders in their industries for a conversation about how art and design inspires change within their community.
  • UK Friends of NMWA organized an exhibition titled Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts at Whitechapel Gallery in London.
  • The Chile Chapter of NMWA held a literary contest for inmates of the Women’s Penitentiary in Santiago to promote the social visibility and under-recognized literary talents of incarcerated women.
  • The Peruvian committee partnered with the Embassy of Peru in the United States and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru to present Metal Bodies: Contemporary Peruvian Women Artists in Washington, D.C.
  • The Greater New York Committee organized a panel discussion moderated by curator Shannon Stratton at the Museum of Art and Design with artists Alice Hope, Nadia Martinez, and Barbara Smith.

For more information, please email Dana Marine at

Active National and International Committees


Arizona | Arkansas | Northern California | Southern California | Georgia | Greater Kansas City Area | Massachusetts | Mid-Atlantic | Mississippi | New Mexico | Greater New York Region | Ohio | Texas


Argentina | Canada | Chile | France | Germany | Italy | Peru | Portugal | Spain | United Kingdom

Women to Watch

The Women to Watch exhibition series is a collaboration between the museum and the national and international committees that increases the visibility of emerging and underrepresented artists from each committees’ respective region.

Most recently, NMWA worked with twenty committees to present Heavy Metal, the fifth installment in the series which disrupts the predominantly masculine narrative that surrounds the medium by showcasing contemporary metalwork by women artists. In addition to their involvement in the exhibition itself, many participating committees organized local group exhibitions, receptions and panel discussions to celebrate the artists from their regions.

Women’s Committee

Since the museum’s founding in 1987, the Women’s Committee serves the Washington, D.C. metro area. It plays a vital role regionally by supporting NMWA’s exhibitions and education programs through fundraising and special projects. The members also convene for events and activities, such as museum tours and artist talks.

For more information or to join the Women’s Committee, please contact the Women’s Committee Liaison, Carolyn Higgins, at

National Museum of Women in the Arts