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NMWA Celebrates 30th-Anniversary Year with Exhibitions, Programs and Events

Jun 19 2017

When the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) opened its doors to the public in 1987, it became the first museum in the world devoted to celebrating the accomplishments of women artists. Over the last 30 years, the museum has championed both established and emerging women artists with dynamic exhibitions. More recently, NMWA has worked to increase awareness of gender equity issues with its unprecedented platform for public conversation through the Women, Arts and Social Change initiative and with its award-winning social media campaign #5WomenArtists.

To commemorate the museum’s 30th anniversary, NMWA has announced a year of special exhibitions, programs and events. In preparation for the celebration, the museum has reinstalled its collection galleries and announced new acquisitions that broaden its holdings.

“Over the last three decades, we have charted a new course for museums by consistently, often brazenly, bolstering the careers of many women artists. It is a fact that women continue to be unfairly underrepresented in museums and galleries, nationally and internationally,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “We stand as advocates for equity and excellence when it comes to women in the arts, and our generous donors and partners, visitors, and online communities support us and are key to our ongoing success. Allow me to extend an invitation to all audiences to celebrate women artists’ accomplishments by participating in our 30th-anniversary exhibitions and programs.”

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National Museum of Women in the Arts