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Books & Catalogues

Close-up detail of a larger artwork shows the closeup detail of an off-white ceramic surface that is covered by panels of crocheted yarn in emerald and citron green.
Browse the museum’s special exhibition catalogues and books that highlight the legacies of acclaimed women artists, past and present.

Featured Publications

Women Artists

Women Artists explores 90 collection highlights from NMWA—works are featured alongside artist biographies.

Women Artists Catalogue

Judy Chicago: New Views

The first major monograph on Chicago in twenty years, New Views provides fresh perspectives and features key bodies of work from her career.

Marguerite Gérard: 1761–1837

Sponsored by NMWA’s Suzanne & James Mellor Prize, this book by scholar Carole Blumenfeld brings to light the work of French painter Marguerite Gérard.

Heavy Metal—Women to Watch 2018

The Heavy Metal exhibition catalogue showcases contemporary artists working in metal through full-color imagery and artist statements.

Book cover features a slivers of silver form to form a textured pattern with the words:

Related Blog Post

Through collaborating with a research team from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), NMWA gained vivid new insight into beloved works by Washington, D.C., artistic icon Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891–1978).
Abstract painting composed of brightly colored, lozenge-shaped brushstrokes in vertical stripes of navy, purple, turqouise, yellow, orange and red.The overall effect is as if the painting was collaged out of torn pieces of paper, with the white of the canvas showing through.
Alma Woodsey Thomas, Iris, Tulips, Jonquils, and Crocuses (detail), 1969; Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay; © Estate of Alma Woodsey Thomas; Photo credit: Cameron Robinson