NMWA @ Home

Two felt houses, one blue and one orange. They each have a scalloped roof and openings for windows and doors.
Laure Tixier, Plaid Houses (Maquettes) (detail), 2005–11; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Les Amis du NMWA, Paris, France; © Laure Tixier

Be inspired by great women artists and advocate for gender equity in the arts―from home!

All of us at NMWA hope you are safe and well. We look forward to gathering with you once again at the museum as soon as possible to enjoy the power and beauty of the arts. We'll continue to post museum operating updates but in the meantime, we invite you to follow @WomenInTheArts on social media and explore our online resources. Join us to keep sharing, amplifying, and celebrating women artists who are changing the world.

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Special Exhibitions

Graciela Iturbide's Mexico

Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico is the artist’s most extensive U.S. exhibition in more than two decades. While the museum is temporarily closed, explore the online exhibition, read our ongoing blog series, shop the exhibtion catalog, and view a playlist of videos about the artist.

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Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits

Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits showcases seven monumental works that bridge time and space between generations. This online exhibition allows for deep exploration of each work, and features audio commentary provided by the artist.

View online exhibition

What to Explore  

Our Art & Artists

Online Exhibitions

What to Read

Broad Strokes Blog
Our Broad Strokes blog features in-depth explorations of artworks and stories of artists in our collection and exhibitions. Highlights:

  • Every week we publish Art Fix Friday, a round-up of news about women artists and notable exhibitions around the world.
  • Creative Coping is a new series where we check in with NMWA staff in their own homes for a personal look at the creative ways they’re staying connected, inspired, and grounded.

Enjoy the most recent digital issue of Women in the Arts Magazine, usually only available to members. You can also enjoy previous issues online.

What to Watch

Fresh Talks
Our signature Women, Arts, and Social Change public program highlights the power of women and the arts as catalysts for change. You can watch all previous Fresh Talk events on our Youtube Channel! You can also explore Fresh Takes, one to two minute clips of Fresh Talk speakers discussing their work and activism.

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NMWA @ Home Playlist
Enjoy new videos in the NMWA @ Home playlist created and curated by NMWA staff to help you stay entertained and safe at home. Story Time with Women in the Arts videos feature books for kids authored or illustrated by women.

Art 21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art. They've produced many videos about important women artists. We recommend starting with the Graciela Iturbide playlist!

This series of short films explores the stories and achievements of contemporary artists. In honor of our #5WomenArtists campaign, Tate compiled a special playlist of over 130 videos highlighting women artists.

What to Do

Scavenger Hunt
Take part in a virtual scavenger hunt to learn more about #5WomenArtists. Use these prompts to enjoy NMWA @ Home and discover five artists in the museum’s collection and online exhibitions.

Coloring Books
What better soothing activity for an art lover is there besides coloring! We've created the first ever NMWA Coloring Book, featuring some favorite artworks from the collection and a few you might not know. Just print the PDF at home and get coloring!

Other coloring pages featuring women artists:

  • This special pack features works by Mary Cassatt from the NMWA collection.
  • Femme Fatale D.C. is a platform for womxn creatives and entrepreneurs to collaborate by sharing their passions. Their coloring pages feature the work of female-identifying artists and creators in the D.C. area
  • Charlene Eckels is a Bolivian-American artist, whose interest lies in intersecting the two through interactive education. Due to COVID-19, she is offering free bilingual coloring pages and paper dolls.

Contribute to Wikipedia
Though our seventh annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon has been postponed, you can create or improve entries about notable women artists anytime, anywhere! This guide provides an introduction to the global initiative to improve gender representation on Wikipedia as well as a basic overview of Wikipedia editing practices.

Relax with Slow Art
Each year in April, NMWA participates in Slow Art Day, an international event encouraging people of all ages to visit museums and to look at art slowly in order to develop a better understanding of it. Explore our guide that introduces you to simple slow looking prompts that you can practice from home.

What to Learn

See For Yourself Cards
Create your own museum experience using our fun, interactive See For Yourself art cards. Use them to engage with artworks, discover fascinating facts, and reflect on your experience. We're also creating special NMWA @ Home packs:

  • D.C. Women Artists: These five women artists in NMWA’s collection called Washington, D.C., home for a significant part of their lives and important contributions as teachers, mentors, and role models.
  • 5 Artists/5 Continents: Be an armchair traveler across five continents as you discover the work by these five women artists in NMWA’s collection. 
  • Critter Capers: Discover creatures real and imagined in the works of these five women artists in NMWA’s collection.

Art, Books, and Creativity
Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) is a model arts integration curriculum developed by NMWA. The curriculum unites visual arts and language arts through the creation of artists’ books, while also maintaining a specific focus on the cultural contributions of women artists. 

  • The ABC curriculum comprises fourteen lesson plans, high resolution images, artists’ biographies, book-making instructions, and a vocabulary list. Lesson plans and vocabulary lists are available in English and Spanish versions.
  • Explore our library of short video clips related to the ABC curriculum. Clips by artists, teachers, writers, and students demonstrate book forms and art media; offer suggestions for developing text and images; and provide ideas for integrating visual arts into the core curriculum.

Library and Research Center Guides
Perfect for high school and college students, the research guides created by the LRC staff feature curated bibliographies and online resources for topics like artist Graciela Iturbide, art historian Linda Nochlin, and contributing to Wikipedia. Additional guides will continue to be added.

Other Learning Resources

  • NMWA Senior Educator Addie Gayoso is moderating a weekly interactive feature from The New York Times called, "What's Going On in This Picture?" Each Monday, Times shares intriguing images stripped of their captions and invites students to discuss them live.
  • The D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative has created the Distance Learning Resource Database, a compilation of online and printable arts and humanities learning resources for students, teachers, and families. The database includes resources submitted by NMWA educators.

What to Listen To

Here are our recommendations for podcasts about women artists:

  • The Great Women Artists: Presented by art historian and curator Katy Hessel, this podcast interviews artists on their career, or curators, writers, or general art lovers on the female artist who means the most to them.
  • The Lonely Palette: In conjuction with the MFA Boston and inspired by #5WomenArtists, the Lonely Palette is releasing a series focusing on five works on view in MFA Boston's exhibition Women Take the Floor.
  • Bow Down: Women in Art History: Bow Down is a new podcast from Frieze about significant women artists from the past who deserve our attention. Each episode invites an artist, writer, historian or curator to nominate an artist to whom we should all … well, bow down.
  • Recording Artists: Radical Women: Host Helen Molesworth delves into the lives and careers of six women artists who made art during the feminist and civil rights movements. This podcast is based on interviews drawn from the archives of the Getty Research Institute.
  • Beyond the Paint: This podcast series celebrates female artists, the rebellious and fearless women who dismantle artistic traditions in Western Art. A journey through a work of art through the lens of the feminine experience.
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