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.

Art, Power, and the Vote: Adjoa Asamoah

Posted: October 5, 2020
Category: Advocacy
As the 2020 presidential election nears, we revisit the wisdom of Fresh Talk speaker Adjoa Asamoah, a political strategist and racial equity advocate, who set the stage for a greater...
Adjoa B. Asamoah—a dark-skinned adult woman—stands at a podium with the NMWA logo on the front. She speaks into a microphone while gesturing at a projected presentation slide behind her that reads “Black Women and Suffrage. Ida Wells and Mary Cherch Terrell: Two Strategies.”

Unapologetic: An Interview with Johanna Toruño

Posted: September 8, 2020
Category: Advocacy
Salvadoran-born artist Johanna Toruño's street art celebrates and makes visible Queer, working class, and immigrant Black and Brown communities.
A woman holds a paint roller and looks down, her hands at work; She stands next to a wheat paste mural that features bold black text overlaid on a peach background that features a rose. The text reads: "I woke up Brown/The way my mother

Interview with NMWA Muralist Quest Skinner

Posted: August 12, 2020
Category: Advocacy
Quest Skinner is a Washington, D.C.-based mixed-media artist, teacher, and community activist. In June, NMWA commissioned her to paint a mural on the plywood covering the museum’s façade on a...

Interview with NMWA Muralist Trap Bob

Posted: June 22, 2020
Category: Advocacy
Tenbeete Solomon, also known as Trap Bob, is a Washington, D.C.-based visual artist, illustrator, and animator. Recently, NMWA commissioned Trap Bob to paint a mural on the plywood covering the...
A square plywood mural of a dark-skinned face with a bubblegum pink afro and matching, full lips, against a black background. "CHANGE" is written in blue letters across the afro. The work is signed in the corner “@TRAPXBOB.”

#5WomenArtists 2020: That’s a Wrap!

Posted: April 29, 2020
Category: Advocacy
In March, NMWA’s #5WomenArtists social media campaign launched for a fifth year of raising awareness about women artists, garnering more than 4,092 Instagram posts and 9,568 tweets.

Director’s Desk: Fresh Talks Bridge Art & Science

Posted: April 8, 2020
Category: Advocacy
Over the past five seasons, we have brought prominent women in the arts together with individuals in other fields for 25 creative conversations on gender, equity, art, the environment, identity,...
Artist Mickalene Thomas's vibrant works have established a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, race, and power, while centering queer identity.
An enamel portrait painting of a woman made with encrusted black rhinestones glued to shiny pink acrylic background.
Brazilian artist Rosângela Rennó works with discarded photographs found in flea markets, family albums, newspapers, and public archives to question the nature and symbolic value of an image.
An indigenous women and three children of varying ages stand smiling in front of the concrete wall of a building that has some white and blue graffiti on it, in high yellow grass that is mostly dead. The women and children carry beautiful woven baskets. Below them the word "Oaxaca" is printed in yellow type.
Multidisciplinary artist Kara Walker candidly investigates topics of race, gender, sexuality, and violence.
Four black silhouetted figures emerge from the white, open pages of a pop-up book. They appear to be engaged in manual labor. Two of the figures wear full floor-length skirts.
Multidisciplinary artist Susan Goethel Campbell creates installations, videos, prints, drawings, and artists’ books to highlight the indistinguishable characteristics of nature, culture, and the built environment.
A closed view of Susan Goethel Campbell's artists' book "RIM," which resembles a mental block.