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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.

Women in the Arts: [Citation Needed]

Posted: April 2, 2015
Category: From The Vault
The gender gap in the arts is narrowing, yet women continue to only make up around 25% of solo gallery shows, and in 30 years of prizes, a woman has...
Several people are sitting next to each other on their laptops, looking up. Two large paintings are hanging behind them.
Museum visitors may remember the recent exhibition in NMWA’s Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center featuring wordless novels by the first woman graphic novelist, Czech artist Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová. Her bold black-and-white...
A bookshelf packed with colorful books about women artists.
Visitors to the National Museum of Women in the Arts have no doubt seen Anne Vallayer-Coster’s majestic portrait of Madame de Saint-Huberty in the Role of Dido, which currently hangs...
Exterior color photo of the museum building with a blue sky and clouds.

Behind-the-Scenes: NMWA Joins the Google Art Project

Posted: March 27, 2014
Category: From The Vault
We were so excited about our March 8 launch on the Google Art Project! A great deal of work went into posting the 59 artworks from NMWA’s collection and the...
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.

Louise Moillon: Still Lifes and Saint-Germain (Part 2 of 2)

Posted: July 5, 2013
Category: From The Vault
Boasting one of the most stellar artistic careers in 17th-century France, Louise Moillon played a crucial role in raising the genre of still-life painting to one of the most popular...

Movies, Masons, and More: The Peculiar Past of NMWA’s Building

Posted: April 24, 2013
Category: From The Vault
With a history as varied as the museum’s collection, NMWA’s building is a work of art in itself. Designed in a Renaissance-revival style, the six-story structure embodies orderliness and civic...
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.

NMWA’s Nordic Cool

Posted: April 12, 2013
Category: From The Vault
In honor of A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony, on view through May 12, 2013, we’re researching other delightful, innovative, and interesting Danish women in the...
View of a gallery space. On a white wall, it says "A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony."

From the Archives: Catharina Baart Biddle

Posted: May 1, 2012
Category: From The Vault
The Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts recently accepted an archival donation from the estate of artist Catharina Baart Biddle (1912–2005). The wealth...
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.
Want to know more about a lesser-known woman artist? The history of NMWA? A history of fashion worn to NMWA Galas? Heather Slania, director of NMWA’s Library and Research Center,...
Two rows of colorfully painted fruits on a white background, mostly red apples with slices cut out of them. Other fruits depicted include plums, a banana, grapes, a green apple, and a lemon.

From the Vault: Louise Moillon

Posted: August 24, 2010
Category: From The Vault
Louise Moillon is an enigma. Born in 1609 or 1610 in France to a Protestant family, her works reflect a distinct Flemish influence, yet at the same time reject the...
A vessel mounded with 5 oranges, a lemon, and greenery sits atop an oval, wooden box resting on a wooden plank. In the foreground, two pomegranates, one of which has split open and dropped three seeds, balance near the plank’s edge. Droplets of water dot the fruit and the table.