NMWA honors Austin philanthropists as first Madeleine Rast Awardees
Mar 13 2019
WASHINGTON—In celebration of Women’s History Month, on Monday, March 11, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), will present its inaugural Madeleine Rast Award to Dr. Teresa Lozano Long and Mr. Joe R. Long of Austin, Texas. The Rast Award was established by NMWA to honor outstanding individuals who have shown a lifelong commitment to championing women and the arts.
The Longs have been patrons of NMWA since its inception in 1987. Teresa (Terry) Long is a founding member of NMWA’s Texas Committee and, through the work of the committee, she has helped bring greater recognition to women artists across Texas for over 30 years. She and Joe have generously supported the museum in Washington as well. In 2008, following their generous gift to the museum’s Legacy of Women in the Arts Endowment campaign, the museum named its Teresa Lozano Long Gallery in Terry’s honor. Since that time, NMWA has held over 25 exhibitions in the Long Gallery, featuring works by more than 80 artists. In recent years, this space has enabled NMWA to create focus exhibitions highlighting diverse contemporary art.
The Longs also have a renowned art collection, which includes masterpieces by Cassatt, Renoir, Rivera, and others. In 2017, in honor of the museum’s 30th anniversary, they donated one of the great works from their collection to NMWA: a quintessential portrait by Impressionist Berthe Morisot titled Jeune Fille en Mauve (Young Woman in Mauve), 1880.
NMWA Founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay says, “Terry and Joe have been with the museum since the beginning. Their regard for the mission and their friendship have been sources of support for over three decades. They are helping NMWA to right the balance for women in the arts through their personal engagement and generous philanthropy.”