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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.

Director’s Desk: Space Explorers

Posted: July 10, 2019
Category: From The Collection
NMWA director, Susan Fisher Sterling, examines the theme "Space Explorers" from our most recent collection installation. Spaces, both physical and metaphorical, often have strong gendered associations.

Maria Sibylla Merian and Rachel Ruysch: Opportunity and Mobility

Posted: June 17, 2019
Category: From The Collection
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.

Images of Conflict: Ambreen Butt and Margaret Bourke-White

Posted: May 8, 2019
Category: From The Collection
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.

Allons-y! Exploring Francophone Sculpture in NMWA’s Collection

Posted: May 6, 2019
Category: From The Collection
Visitors from the Young Women’s Francophone Meetup Group explored the collection galleries to learn more about Francophone women artists while practicing their French. The group found common threads among three...

Director’s Desk: Rebels with a Cause

Posted: April 11, 2019
Category: From The Collection
Explore the themes featured in NMWA's most recent collection installation with NMWA director Susan Fisher Sterling.
Eight diverse women museum visitors are scattered throughout the NMWA collection galleries browsing the art on the walls.

5 Fast Facts: Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses

Posted: March 13, 2019
Category: From The Collection
Impress your friends with five fast facts about painter Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860–1961), whose work is part of NMWA’s collection.
Bucolic landscape rendered in a naive, folk-style of painting. The horizontal composition features a patchwork of yellow and green fields on rolling hills set against a blue-gray sky. In the foreground study farm buildings surround small figures tending to the land.

5 Fast Facts: Magdalena Abakanowicz

Posted: March 6, 2019
Category: From The Collection
As part of NMWA’s #5WomenArtists campaign, impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, whose work is part of NMWA’s collection.
Ten larger-than-life bronze sculptures of human bodies are installed in the middle of a city street. The bodies have no heads or arms, and are striding forward in five rows of two. While they are not naked, their wrinkled body-tight clothing makes no distinction between shirt and pants.

5 Fast Facts: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Posted: February 25, 2019
Category: From The Collection
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, whose work is on view in NMWA’s newly reinstalled collection galleries.
A horizontal canvas combines collaged paper, such as a scrap of a U.S. map, comic strip, and pictographs; cloth swatches; scrawled and dripped paint; and phrases like “It takes hard work to keep racism alive” and “Oh! Zone.” The work’s title appears in red paint right of center.
In 1971, art historian Linda Nochlin penned the essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” The now-famous piece interrogated the systematic obstacles that have prevented women from succeeding...
Black and white image of a light skinned woman in a pearl necklace and holding binoculars to her eyes, on a gray and white vertically striped background. Superimposed over the image are four red horizontal bands with "We will no longer be seen and not heard" in white block letters.

5 Fast Facts: Laure Tixier

Posted: February 18, 2019
Category: From The Collection
Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Laure Tixier). Tixier’s Plaid Houses (Maquettes) (2005–11), currently on view in NMWA’s collection galleries, explore a range of architectural styles in...
Close-up detail of a larger artwork features a view of two felt houses. On the viewer's right is an orange house that is out-of-focus while on the left is a blue house that is in-focus and has visible stitches, coarse texture, and rectangular windows.