Mod Women (and Men): NMWA’s Late Night Costume Party

The National Museum of Women in the Arts experienced a blast from the past on October 30 for NMWA Late Nights: Mod Women (and Men). Costumes, dancing, cocktails, and tours accompanied the after-hours party for NMWA’s exhibition opening of Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today. The exhibition, organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, highlights women’s contributions to modern design and the way their aesthetic has influenced contemporary art.


Left: NMWA’s Great Hall, Right: Vintage Vagabond pop-up in the Museum Shop; Jack Hartzman Photography

The museum’s Great Hall was filled with 300 guests decked out in their finest mod-inspired outfits, highlighting the exhibition’s midcentury theme. As guests arrived they were welcomed by the Vintage Vagabond pop-up shop in the Museum Shop. The first of its kind at NMWA, the pop-up shop enabled attendees to peruse a selection of vintage apparel including gloves, dresses, and kitten heels. Guests also received prop cat-eye and wayfarer glasses that were perfect for the photo booth.


Visitors examine Dorothy Liebes’s work in Pathmakers; Jack Hartzman Photography

Visitors explored the exhibition through staff-led spotlight tours. They enjoyed the eye-catching, industrial bench by Vivian Beer and marveled at a metallic textile work by Marianne Strengell.

Examining the intersections between art and mass production, visitors were intrigued by Eva Zeisel’s timeless ceramics—coveted for decades everywhere from posh antique shops to Crate and Barrel.

Between tours exploring the more than 80 works in Pathmakers, the multigenerational audience was entertained by songs ranging from swing music to ’90s pop. Guests mingled while resting on sleek lounge furniture worthy of the Mad Men set and enjoyed signature “Mod Martinis” with Green Hat Gin, “Mad Mai Tais” with Plantation Rum, and a fully stocked fondue bar and pigs in a blanket supplied by Well Dunn Catering.


Mod Women (and Men) attendees; Jack Hartzman Photography

The night’s enthusiastic attendees helped celebrate the opening of Pathmakers in style. Throughout the event, NMWA staff scoped out the best costumes and awarded a prize to the winner—though it was hard to choose! Costumes featured attire inspired by the 1950s, psychedelic hippies, and the iconic Jackie O.


Attendees with cat-eye glasses (right) and dancing (left); Jack Hartzman Photography

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today is on view through February 28, 2016. Stay tuned for news about the next event, explore #ModsterMash and #NMWAnights for more posts, see more pictures on Pinterest, and check out the museum’s calendar for upcoming listings.

—Bria Burditt is the development events intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Far-Out Fun: “Pathmakers” Member Preview Day

On Thursday, October 29, NMWA members gained advance access to the new exhibition Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today. In the post-war period, women artists were often excluded from more male-dominated fine arts fields like painting and sculpture. Instead, many worked in craft and design, combining traditional methods with innovative approaches and materials, and achieved great success. These midcentury trailblazers cleared the path for contemporary artists and designers—whose work is also shown in Pathmakers.


Jennifer Scanlan speaks to members in Pathmakers; Photo: Elizabeth Lynch

To kick off the day, members gathered on the museum’s mezzanine level for refreshments and mingling before exploring the exhibition. They attended special tours of Pathmakers led by guest curator Jennifer Scanlan, who organized the show at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. On the tours, Scanlan discussed the varied ways in which artists elevated mediums like weaving, ceramics, and metalwork to the realm of fine art.

Visitors marveled at the mesmerizing, complex wire sculpture of Ruth Asawa, admired the fluid forms and simplicity of Eva Ziesel’s ceramics, and glimpsed into a re-creation of the UN Delegates’ Lounge interior designed by Hella Jongerius.


Members explore Gabriel Maher’s work; Photo: Elizabeth Lynch

Members also had the opportunity to attend tours of the exhibition Esther Bubley Up Front. Featuring works by photojournalist Esther Bubley, the exhibition reveals how Bubley’s photographs capture revealing and poignant portraits of American life in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.

In honor of the Pathmakers sneak peek, the Museum Shop stocked a pop-up shop full of authentic 1950s and ’60s clothes and accessories supplied by Vintage Vagabond. Members also enjoyed discounts off of purchases from the Mezzanine Café and the Museum Shop.

Take part in the next round of Member Preview Day festivities and become a member today! Visit the museum to explore Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today, open through February 28, 2016.

—Marina MacLatchie is the education and digital engagement intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Food, Drink, and Fun: After Hours at NMWA!

Last Thursday, the museum held NMWA Nights: Earthly Delights, an after-hours event featuring two new exhibitions, Super Natural and Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015. Hosted together with members of the Young pARTners Circle, NMWA Nights provided staff-led tours of the exhibitions for over 100 attendees.

Attendees explore exhibition artworks, including Organic Matters artist Dawn Holder's Monoculture; Photo credit: Laura Hoffman

Attendees explore exhibition artworks, including Organic Matters artist Dawn Holder’s Monoculture; Photograph: Laura Hoffman

Super Natural features women artists who do not simply document nature but treat the natural world as a space for discovery and invention. Historical and contemporary depictions of plants, animals, and natural landscapes are juxtaposed to show the diverse ways that nature has inspired women artists.

Organic Matters is a part of a series presented every two to three years in which the museum’s national and international committees nominate up-and-coming women artists from their region to exhibit at NMWA. This year’s 13 selected artists work with the subject of nature in mediums ranging from photography to fiberglass.

Guests contribute paper flowers to a collaborative floor installation

Flowers in a collaborative installation; Photograph: Laura Hoffman

Between tours, guests met on the Mezzanine to sip on the specialty cocktail, cleverly named “Metamorphosis.” Participants sampled an array of tasty snacks—provided by Dirty South Deli in collaboration with Union Kitchen—all while listening to tunes by DJ Flying Fortress.

In the Great Hall, attendees explored their crafty side by pushing the boundaries of paper. Guests sculpted flowers and contributed them to a collaborative art project.

The floor installation featuring everyone’s paper flora and fauna was inspired by Organic Matters artist Rebecca Hutchinson’s Patterns of Nature.

Many added to a projected photo collage by instagramming their artwork and photo booth fun with the hashtag #NMWAnights.

Everyone who instagrammed—anything from floral photos to face-in-the-hole shots of collection artwork—was entered into a photo contest to win delightful prizes. Check out @womeninthearts on Instagram to see what people captured!

To stay informed about future NMWA Nights, networking events, and other fun and enriching opportunities, please visit the online calendar or join the Young pARTners Circle.

—Bridget Mazet is the development intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Judy’s Diamond Jubilee

Today is a very special day for the legendary Judy Chicago—her 75th birthday!

Over her 75 years, Judy Chicago has made a prominent name for herself as an artist, author, educator, and source of inspiration for men and women all over the globe. After producing installation pieces such as Womanhouse (1972) and The Dinner Party (1975), Chicago achieved international stardom as a pioneer of the feminist art movement in the 1970s.

Judy Chicago at NMWA with museum Founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay; Photo Laura Hoffman

Judy Chicago at NMWA with museum Founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay; Photo: Laura Hoffman

In order to commemorate this dynamic period of Chicago’s career and the coinciding feminist movement, NMWA held an exhibition of her work earlier this year, Judy Chicago: Circa ’75. In March, Chicago visited the museum for an opportunity to speak to NMWA’s members and guests about the exhibition as well as her newest book, Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education.

During the conversation, Chicago applauded NMWA, saying, “as long as MoMA is a museum of men, we need a museum for women in the arts.” She described her regular past visits to the museum, noting how “every time I walk into [NMWA] I see my predecessors and what they had to go through to get here.”

At the end of the discussion, NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling presented Chicago with personalized cards to celebrate her birthday and pay homage to her incredible artistic achievements. Chicago was touched by the heartfelt gesture by the members, noting that she wanted to read their notes right then and there.

Cards from NMWA members to Chicago: “Thank you for sharing wisdom and beauty with your powerful art!”

Cards from NMWA members to Chicago: “Thank you for sharing wisdom and beauty with your powerful art!”

In Institutional Time, Chicago discusses her legacy, stating “I became determined to use my time on earth to create art—as much of it as possible . . . and to make a place for myself in art history.” Now, on her 75th birthday, Chicago has irrefutably, permanently left her mark on modern discourses of art history. Happy birthday to this visionary artist!

—Olivia Zvara is the member relations intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Membership, Mission, and Masterpieces

From NMWA’s founding in 1981 to the public opening of the museum in 1987, to the exhibitions and programs that have kept NMWA’s audiences educated and entertained throughout the years, the success of the National Museum of Women in the Arts depends on the loyal support of members. With thousands of members around the U.S. and abroad, NWMA’s membership is large, enthusiastic, and connected to the museum’s mission.

Members with Elena Brockmann's painting "Philip II Receiving the News of the Loss of the Invincible Armada," 1895; Members' Acquisition Fund

Members with Elena Brockmann’s painting Philip II Receiving the News of the Loss of the Invincible Armada, 1895; Members’ Acquisition Fund

In addition to supporting the museum’s special exhibitions, valued NMWA members have helped the museum to add numerous works to the collection—by distinguished artists such as Elena Brockmann, Chakaia Booker, Lesley Dill, and Judy Chicago. Works by these artists were acquired in part from the Members’ Acquisition Fund—which is built a few dollars at a time, when members add to their annual donations—and represent a wide range of mediums, time periods, and genres.

While Brockmann’s enormous work, Philip II Receiving the News of the Loss of the Invincible Armada, is an example of large-scale history painting from 19th-century Spain, Judy Chicago’s preparatory drawing for Emily Dickinson’s place setting in her iconic installation The Dinner Party is an emblem of the American feminist movement of the 1970s.

Chakaia Booker, Acid Rain, 2001; Museum purchase: Members’ Acquisition Fund

Chakaia Booker, Acid Rain, 2001; Museum purchase: Members’ Acquisition Fund

Members have also helped NMWA purchase contemporary installation pieces such as Booker’s Acid Rain, which deals with themes including the intersection between domestic femininity and the traditionally masculine realms of construction and technology. Lesley Dill’s I Heard a Voice, another contemporary work, provokes individual reflection through imagery related to nature, the body, literature, and the spirit.

These wonderful additions to the collection are just a few of the many works NMWA members have helped the museum to acquire.

In celebration of the summer season and the subsequent influx of visitors to NMWA, June has been designated as Membership Month. If you’d like to help NMWA celebrate the artistic accomplishments of women, please join today.

In honor of Membership Month, NMWA sends a special thanks to all of the members who have supported the museum over the years! Feel free to use the comments section to tell a story about the museum or let us know about your favorite accomplishment by members.

—Olivia Zvara is the member relations intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

NMWA’s New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Magdalena Abakanowicz

To honor Magdalena Abakanowicz (b.1930) on her 84th birthday, NMWA anticipates the upcoming public installation of her work on New York Avenue for one year beginning this September, as the third artist in the New York Avenue Sculpture Project. Groups of her signature monumental headless human figures, accompanied by flocks of simplified bird forms in flight, will fill the median to create a haunting, dynamic scene of masses in motion.

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Walking Figures (group of 10), 2009; Bronze, each approximately 106 ¼ x 35 ⅜ x 55 ⅛ in.; All images © Magdalena Abakanowicz, Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery, New York

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Walking Figures (group of 10), 2009; Bronze, each approximately 106 1/4 x 35 3/8 x 55 1/8 in.; All images © Magdalena Abakanowicz, Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery, New York

Viewers can often be most intrigued by artwork that juxtaposes dueling elements within a single form. This ambiguity—a “push-pull” sensation—makes it difficult for audiences to ascribe a definitive meaning to the work. They are driven to contemplate and more fully engage with the art in order to fix on a personal interpretation.

Abakanowicz’s large-scale figurative sculptures achieve this alluring duality, providing the viewer both a listless crowd and static memorial. With firsthand experience of the traumas of WWII in Poland as a child, and as a leader of the fiber arts movement of the 1960s, the artist communicates her sensibilities of loss and creation through these zombie-like forms.

Magdalena Abakanowicz, 4 Seated Figures, 2002; Gift of Patti Cadby Birch and partial museum purchase: Members’ Art Acquisition Fund

Magdalena Abakanowicz, 4 Seated Figures, 2002; Gift of Patti Cadby Birch and partial museum purchase: Members’ Art Acquisition Fund

A NMWA collection highlight, 4 Seated Figures (2002), currently on view in the Rose Benté Lee Sculpture Gallery, exemplifies these strangely seductive tensions in her work. The burlap-and-iron figures, appearing to be reconstructed from shed human skin, are halting yet enticing, solid yet empty, animated yet frozen, delicate yet heavy, and somber yet hopeful still.

These crumbling representations of the human body also attest to the limitations and uncertainties of the human experience—in our lives many things remain unknowable, inconceivable, and incomplete. The presence of Abakanowicz’s enigmatic figures on New York Avenue, in the midst of the District’s commuters and visitors, gives viewers a reason to pause and reflect on the inherent ambiguity of their own journeys.

Read more about the upcoming exhibition, on view September 27, 2014–September 27, 2015.

—Kelly Johnson is the publications and marketing/communications intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is pursuing her MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Curatorial Practice.

Member Preview Day: A Sweet Success!

On Valentine’s Day, NMWA members were treated to a delightful day, along with some tasty snacks! Those who attended snuck a peak at NMWA’s two newest exhibitions, A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony and Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape

Anna Ancher and Michael Ancher, Judgment of a day's work (detail), 1883; Oil on canvas; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Anna Ancher and Michael Ancher, Judgment of a day’s work (detail), 1883; Oil on canvas; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

A World Apart provides a glimpse into the life of one of Denmark’s premier female painters, Anna Ancher (1859–1935). Ancher was commended for her artistic talent during her lifetime, but remains little-known in the U.S.  She was respected by colleagues—including her husband, painter Michael Ancher—in the predominantly male art colony in Skagen, a remote coastal town on the northern tip of Denmark. The couple collaborated on a piece, Judgment of a day’s work, that is on view in A World Apart. Ancher’s works, many of which depict interiors, are complemented nicely by the striking landscapes of Freya Grand in NMWA’s other spring exhibition, Minding the Landscape.

Grand, a D.C.-based artist, has traveled the globe in search of remote and breathtaking landscapes for her subject matter. Her works capture specific moments in time, such as a wave breaking on the rocks, drawing viewers into her experiences of the awesome power of nature.

NMWA curators lead tours of Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape

NMWA curators lead tours of Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape

On Member Preview Day, members received tours of the Grand and Ancher exhibitions throughout the day, led by NMWA’s curatorial and education staff. A wonderful time was had by new and veteran members alike! One member, who had never been to an NMWA member event before, noted that her tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and had excellent pronunciation. Another member wanted us to know that she enjoyed her day: “Both exhibits were inspiring, excellent, wonderful—featuring artists only the Women’s Museum would promote!” She added that she was “very proud to be a benefactor.”

Members tour A World Apart

Members tour A World Apart

Between tours, members gathered in the museum’s stunning Great Hall to enjoy tea, coffee, and an array of scrumptious mini cupcakes in honor of Valentine’s Day. Many had lunch at the museum’s Mezzanine Café and visited the Museum Shop, receiving a special Member Day discount of 20% at both locations. Members also explored NMWA’s collection galleries and received a free gift from the membership department before they left for the day!

One member stated, “My neighbor is so impressed that she plans to join as a member!”  If you would like to take part in the next batch of Member Day fun, join today at For a list of our upcoming events, visit: .

—Abigail Luhn is the member relations intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The Innovative Anna Ancher

Now open at NMWA, A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony showcases over 60 paintings by the avant-garde Danish painter and her contemporaries at Skagen, a seaside artists’ community in northern Denmark.

On Member Preview Day, visitors view Michael Ancher's Anna Ancher returning from the field, 1902

On Member Preview Day, visitors view Michael Ancher’s “Anna Ancher returning from the field,” 1902

Ancher, the only female Skagen artist to receive high acclaim and sustain a lifelong career, consistently tested the bounds of painting. NMWA Associate Curator Virginia Treanor highlights Ancher’s interiors, sometimes devoid of human presence, as “evidence of Ancher’s interest, not in replicating the reality of the room or wall, or even the light, but rather what is left when these things are stripped away and all that remains are color and form.”

Rejecting idealized subject matter, the Skagen painters captured the reality around them. The exhibition’s thematic sections include images of Skagen’s rural landscape, the Anchers, hard-working townspeople, domestic interiors, and breakthrough works that showcase Anna Ancher’s stylistic innovations.

Anna Ancher, Sunlight in the blue room, 1891; Courtesy of Skagens Museum

Anna Ancher, Sunlight in the blue room, 1891; Courtesy of Skagens Museum

A catalogue published with the exhibition contains full-color images of the Skagen artists’ works, historical photos of the artists’ community, and essays by Helga Ancher Foundation board member Elisabeth Fabritius and Skagens Museum curator Mette Bøgh Jensen. As Fabritius says, “Anna Ancher’s art is unlike that of anyone else. In its essence it is tied to the special world of motifs in Skagen: the fishermen’s families, the harvesters, the heathers, the special colors, and the brilliant summer light.” The respect she received for her artistic contributions was “unusual—a happy exception to the social conventions of that age.”

A World Apart is on view through May 12, 2013, and the 144-page exhibition catalogue is now on sale in the Museum Shop.

Visit NMWA on February 20 for a gallery talk with Mette Bøgh Jensen, check out other exciting programs, and don’t miss this special exhibition!

Summer Recap: NMWA’s YPF

It has been a busy summer for NMWA’s Young Professionals’ Forum (YPF). Founded more than six years ago by co-chairs Meredith Harman and Jessica Sterchi, the YPF’s mission is to bring together, mentor, and provide leadership for young female professionals from the D.C. metro area through networking and social events. This summer, the YPF has partnered with other women-focused associations in the area for some exciting events.

Members of Women in Government Relations and NMWA's YPF at the Experience the Arts event

Members of Women in Government Relations and NMWA’s YPF at the Experience the Arts event

On June 12, 2012, NMWA welcomed members of Women in Government Relations for their annual event, Experience the Arts. Co-hosted by the YPF, this event recognized the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Maryland Writing Project for their commitment to arts education in the D.C. community. In addition to hearing from the leaders of both organizations, guests enjoyed a performance of Catalyst, a one-woman docudrama created and performed by Brooke Haycock depicting the important role of educators in the lives of students.

In July, the YPF teamed up with the American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants to bring life and career coach Hilaire Henthorne to NMWA. Hilaire spoke on the topic “From Distressed to De-stressed: Wellness Wisdom for Women” and gave members of both organizations helpful tips for keeping work, family, and relationships in balance while maintaining our own mental and physical health. As most female professionals admit that they are consistently stressed and take very little time for themselves, the topic of this presentation was very apropos for the YPF.

On August 14, members of the YPF convened at i Ricchi in Dupont Circle for a happy hour featuring complimentary appetizers and half-price beverages. This was a great opportunity for members to network with one another and celebrate the final month of summer.

If you live in the D.C. metro area and would like more information about YPF membership or events, email Join us for more fun social events and networking!

Committee News: Friends of NMWA, U.K., Celebrates the 25th Anniversary

To celebrate the global mission of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the museum’s London committee, formally known as Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, U.K., staged a series of events. In London and then in New York, the museum’s extended community united behind the goal of acquiring a significant sculpture, New Bird II by Dame Elisabeth Frink, RA, to donate to NMWA.

Elisabeth Frink, New Bird II, 1965

Elisabeth Frink, New Bird II, 1965

In February, Friends of NMWA, U.K., held a spectacular event to kick off these celebrations—a gala and sale of work by seventeen women artists working in silver. More than 100 people gathered for the gala evening event, and a steady stream of visitors came to the London West Bank Gallery for the following day’s sale. Two of the silver artists gave talks and demonstrations: Ndidi Ekubia on “Traditional Silversmithing Techniques” and Kathryn Hinton on “The Craft of Digital Tooling.” Under Beth Colocci’s leadership, the artists had been carefully selected to represent diverse design styles, price points, and object types. There was something for everyone, from whimsical silver straws by Rebecca Joselyn to fluidly shaped candlesticks by Ekubia, to architectural jewelry by Ute Decker.

The Silver by Women artists generously gave 25 percent of their proceeds to the London committee’s Silver Anniversary Campaign, intended to purchase the sculpture by Frink, an important British woman artist who is not currently represented in NMWA’s collection.

But the gap would not be completely filled without additional funding support. Silver by Women donations raised about two-thirds of the amount needed to acquire New Bird II. Much of the balance has come from two sources: the many individuals who understand the importance of British women artists receiving greater recognition outside the U.K., and the cross-border cooperation with Kentshire Galleries in New York City. (If you would like to support this gift, as well as future acquisitions of art by British women for the Women’s Museum, please donate here:

When they learned that participating silver artist Ute Decker had an upcoming exhibition in New York at Kentshire Galleries, Patti White, a member of the London committee, reached out to Sarah Bucknell Treco, a New York-based member of NMWA’s National Advisory Board, and they collaborated to plan an opening reception on April 18. The U.S. opening reception for the artist’s work was collaboratively planned as a celebration of NMWA’s 25th anniversary year. Kentshire generously donated 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the campaign, assisting in the acquisition of the Frink sculpture.

Kentshire Galleries co-owners Marcie Imberman and Ellen Israel, artist Ute Decker, and NMWA Deputy Director Ilene Gutman at the April 18 event

Kentshire Galleries co-owners Marcie Imberman and Ellen Israel, artist Ute Decker, and NMWA Deputy Director Ilene Gutman at the April 18 event

The exhibition opening at the Kentshire Gallery was both an intimate experience and an inspirational success. Kentshire principals Ellen Israel and Marcie Imberman greeted the evening’s crowd with lovely refreshments and a warm welcome. Then, NMWA Deputy Director Ilene Gutman spoke about the museum’s founding and the celebrations planned for this anniversary year, including the stunning exhibition of Revolution-era French paintings, Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections. Gutman also brought greetings from NMWA Founder Wilhelmina Holladay, who was being honored that same evening at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center, receiving a First Award for being an extraordinary woman and first in her field.

Artist Ute Decker described the conceptual origins and material selection process behind her distinctive architectural jewelry—each unique piece is made from Fair Trade gold or recycled silver. Her compelling vision fascinated the audience.

The successful events surrounding the Silver Anniversary Campaign organized by Friends of NMWA, U.K., underscore the common goals, strong ties, and tremendous cooperation of NMWA’s committees and friends in supporting the museum’s mission.

For their generosity in this campaign, Friends of NMWA, U.K., particularly wishes to recognize Farah and Hassan Alaghband, Monique Bahadur, Penny Baylis, Nancy Broadbent Casserley, Michele and Beth Colocci, Sarah Cooke, Belinda de Gaudemar, Clara Freeman, Lisa Garrison, Mercedes Hoffman, Hans and Jayne Hufschmid, Karen and Tom Kalaris, Evi Kaplanis, Janet Martin, Cassie Murray, Janice Sacher, Dasha Shenkman, Julie Skattum, Cornelia von Rittberg, George and Patti White, and Susan Zimny.

Friends of NMWA, U.K., would also like to thank the artists that particpated in Silver by Women: Susan Beale, Abigail Brown, Angela Cork, Ute Decker, Ndidi Ekubia, Shelby Fitzpatrick, Karina Gill, Jo Hayes Ward, Kathryn Hinton, Polly Horwich, Rebecca Joselyn, Marion Kane, Nan Nan Liu, Jane MacIntosh, Susan May, Emily Nixon, and Maya Selway.