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

Can’t visit the museum in person? NMWA can be accessed anywhere⁠ you have an internet connection. We invite you to explore our online resources and to follow @WomenInTheArts on social media. Join us to keep sharing, amplifying, and celebrating women artists who are changing the world.

What to Explore

Abstract painting composed of brightly colored, lozenge-shaped brushstrokes in vertical stripes of navy, purple, turquoise, 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; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay; © Estate of Alma Woodsey Thomas; Photo by Cameron Robinson

Online Exhibitions

Paper Routes

Detail view of contemporary installation with miniscule pink and yellow cut paper shaped like butterflies, ants, and other insects adhered to their white background with thousands of pins.
Explore the possibilities of paper in Paper Routes, the sixth installment of NMWA’s exhibition series Women to Watch, showcasing the transformation of this everyday material into surprising works of art.

Ambreen Butt

Collaged pieces of red paper with black text are arranged in waves along the left side of a canvas the color of stained tea. On the right side is a hovering insect with wings and red body.
The works in Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words reveal the deeply personal connection between Butt’s global consciousness and the meditative, labor-intensive processes involved in her creations.

DMV Color

Open book features photograph of a child with medium-brown skin on the left side of the fold and the words
DMV Color features an eclectic assortment of contemporary books, graphic novels, photobooks, and zines by women of color with ties to the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

What to Read

Blog

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

Magazine

Explore the museum’s collection and exhibition history through past issues of Women in the Arts magazine. The magazine features interviews with women artists, insightful essays by NMWA curators, and much more.

Related Posts

  • Director’s Desk: Editing for Equity

    Posted: Mar 04, 2021 in Director’s Desk
    Join us for our next Wikipedia Edit-a-thon this Saturday, March 6, when we will improve or create entries for women artists of African descent whose work is in NMWA’s collection.
    A woman with ombré dreadlocks sits at a table working on her laptop. Two other women are doing the same thing at different tables directly behind and in front of the woman.
    Blog Category:  Director’s Desk
  • Now Open—Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend

    Posted: Mar 03, 2021 in NMWA Exhibitions
    This midcareer survey features approximately 100 of Clark’s mixed-media works that probe identity and visibility, appraise the force of the African Diaspora, and redress history.
    Two head caps made of small, blue glass beads rest on two black mannequin heads. The two caps are connected at the tops by a beaded chain. The left cap is made of darker blue beads and the right cap is made of lighter blue beads. The chain combines both shades.
    Blog Category:  NMWA Exhibitions
  • Women to Watch 2020: Georgia Russell

    Posted: Mar 01, 2021 in Artist Spotlight
    Learn about artist Georgia Russell’s process and work, which was featured in Paper Routes, the latest installment of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series.
    A rectangular paper work in a plexiglass box that shows thousands of slashes through the work to create waves and shadows throughout the surface. The color shifts from purple at the top to blue to red at the bottom.
    Blog Category:  Artist Spotlight

What to Watch

Paper Routes Studio Tours

Ranging in size from minutely detailed, small-scale works to large, sculptural installations, the sixth installment of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series explores artists’ ability to transform paper into a surprising array of shapes and structures. In this video series the exhibition curators, Ginny Treanor and Orin Zahra, conduct virtual studio tours with the Paper Routes artists.

Story Time with Women in the Arts

Enjoy 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

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.

Tateshots

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

Attend a Virtual Event

Related Events

Beatriz Milhazes, Bibi, 2003; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection; © Beatriz Milhazes; Color by Adrienne Poon

Go on a 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.

Contribute to Wikipedia

Though our seventh annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon was postponed, you can create or improve entries about notable women artists anytime, anywhere! This guide explains how and provides 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. This guide introduces simple slow looking prompts that you can practice from home.

What to Learn

A sample of three informational cards on artworks in our collection that displays the artist name, artwork title, and artwork image.

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 moderates 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.
Photo credit: Deborah Gaston, NMWA

What to Listen To

Marie Laurencin, Jeune fille á la guitare, ca. 1945; Oil on canvas, 24 x 19 3/4 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Millennium gift of Sara Lee Corporation; © Sara Lee Corporation

Section thanking a fiscal sponsor

With Thanks

NMWA@Home is generously sponsored by Marcia Myers Carlucci.