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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.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Connecting Form & Language

Posted: July 24, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling presents the artist’s monumental cedar wood sculptures alongside newer works for the first time.
A large cedar and paint sculpture installed against a white wall.

5 Fast Facts: Judy Chicago

Posted: July 17, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Judy Chicago (b. 1939), who will celebrate her 80th birthday on July 20.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Monumental Public Art

Posted: July 2, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Ursula von Rydingsvard has created large-scale sculptures that can be visited in public parks, plazas, and civic buildings across the country. Curious to discover more of her work? Here are...

Finding Meaning in Form: Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Process

Posted: June 19, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Ursula von Rydingsvard's sculptural practice is a way to give tangible form to her feelings and ideas. It must not only be understood in technical terms, but also as an...

Maria Sibylla Merian and Rachel Ruysch: Opportunity and Mobility

Posted: June 17, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Dutch flower painter Rachel Ruysch (1664–1750) and German naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) navigated limitations on mobility and opportunity in very distinct ways, nurturing long and successful careers despite all...
A still life painting featuring an asymmetrical arrangement of flowers; the central section features pink, orange, yellow, and blue flowers and is dramatically highlighted compared to the background and outer edge of arrangement.
The rubber tire, a globally omnipresent object that is mass-produced more than a billion times each year, is used as a medium by two artists, Betsabée Romero and Chakaia Booker,...
Close-up photograph of a sculpture made of a truck tire carved with circular designs and painted gold and silver

5 Fast Facts: Marisol (María Sol Escobar)

Posted: May 22, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Marisol (1930–2016), whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.
Side view of wooden relief sculpture on wall at left. Relief depicts five figures of various sizes whose arms and hands extend out from sculpture. At right is a blurred figure moving left, heading toward a dark doorway. Behind figure on wall are an artwork and text, out of focus.

5 Fast Facts: Mildred Thompson

Posted: May 15, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Mildred Thompson (1936–2003), whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.
Abstract painting features a vivid yellow background covered by circles, daubs, and straight and wavy lines in red, orange, cobalt, sky blue, and violet. Arcing red strokes evoke concentric circles. Straight lines in other hues radiate out from the center circle like a starburst.

Images of Conflict: Ambreen Butt and Margaret Bourke-White

Posted: May 8, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
Conflict zones have historically been male-dominated spaces, for those participating in war and struggle as well as those documenting the events. Photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White and multimedia artist Ambreen Butt offer...
A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned adult woman standing next to a vintage camera mounted on legs.

The Contour of an Artist: Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Beginnings

Posted: May 1, 2019
Category: Artist Spotlight
For Ursula von Rydingsvard, sculpture is personal—a way to heal and process her innermost feelings. But it is also a way to connect to the outside world, to engage people...