Urgent Museum Notice

National Museum of Women in the Arts announces featured artists in the Women to Watch exhibition series

A colored image of what appears to be a wall decorated with mosaics in red and yellow tones. Upon closer inspection each shape is actually an origami bug.

WASHINGTON—Today, the curatorial team of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) announced the artists selected for the upcoming group exhibition Paper Routes—Women to Watch 2020, on view Oct. 8, 2020–Jan. 18, 2021. Showcasing contemporary artists, the sixth installment of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series features up-and-coming or underrepresented artists from the states and countries where the museum has outreach committees. In consultation with contemporary art curators in their respective regions, the committees created shortlists of artists who work with paper—this year’s theme. From these submissions, NMWA’s curatorial team selected the artists and works for inclusion in the summer exhibition. This will be the largest Women to Watch exhibition to date.

Paper Routes presents the versatility of paper, not merely as a support for drawings, prints and photographs, but as a rewarding medium itself. Objects range in scale from small and intimate to large and immersive. Recurring themes within this exhibition include the mutability of paper as a medium and an emphasis on process. Other works communicate personal and political reflections. The selected artists use a variety of techniques, including folding, stacking, burning, gluing, embossing and cutting.

Paper Routes—Women to Watch 2020
Nominating Committees, Selected Artists and Curators

Selected Artist: Dolores Furtado
Consulting Curator: Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Selected Artist: Annie Lopez
Consulting Curators: Tricia Loscher, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, and Julie Sasse, Tucson Museum of Art

Selected Artist: Joli Livaudais
Consulting Curator: Allison Glenn, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Selected Artist: Jen Aitken
Consulting Curator: Kitty Scott, National Gallery of Canada (formerly of the Art Gallery of Ontario)

Selected Artist: Paola Podestá Martí
Consulting Curator: María Irene Alcalde, Museo de Artes Visuales

Selected Artist: Georgia Russell
Consulting Curator: Constance Rubini, Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design

Selected Artist: Lucha Rodríguez
Consulting Curators: Michael Rooks and Carson Keith, High Museum of Art

Selected Artist: Angela Glajcar
Consulting Curator: Irina Hiebert Grun, Hamburger Bahnhof

Greater Kansas City Area
Selected Artist: Hyeyoung Shin
Consulting Curator: Erin Dziedzic, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Greater New York Region
Selected Artist: Oasa DuVerney
Consulting Curator: Carmen Hermo, Brooklyn Museum

Selected Artist: Elisabetta Di Maggio
Consulting Curator: Iolanda Ratti, Museo del Novecento

Selected Artist: Elizabeth Alexander
Consulting Curator: Lisa Tung, MassArt Art Museum

Selected Artist: Rachel Farbiarz
Consulting Curator: Vesela Sretenović, Phillips Collection

New Mexico
Selected Artist: Mira Burack
Consulting Curator: Laura Addison, Museum of International Folk Art

Northern California
Selected Artist: Julia Goodman
Consulting Curator: Claudia Schmuckli, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Selected Artist: Sa’dia Rehman
Consulting Curators: Matt Distel, The Carnegie, and Emily Liebert, Cleveland Museum of Art

Selected Artist: Natalia Revilla
Consulting Curator: Florencia Portocarrero, Proyecto AMIL

Selected Artist: Dalila Gonçalves
Consulting Curator: Amparo López Corral

Southern California
Selected Artist: Echiko Ohira
Consulting Curator: Holly Jerger, Craft Contemporary

Selected Artist: Luisa Pastor
Consulting Curator: Amparo López Corral

Selected Artist: Natasha Bowdoin
Consulting Curator: Katherine Brodbeck, Dallas Museum of Art

United Kingdom
Selected Artist: Mary Evans
Consulting Curator: Natasha Howes, Manchester Art Gallery

Paper Routes—Women to Watch 2020 is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and sponsored by participating committees in Argentina, Arizona, Arkansas, Northern California, Southern California, Canada, Chile, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, the Greater Kansas City Area, Massachusetts, the Mid-Atlantic Region, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Texas and the United Kingdom. 

The exhibition is made possible by Northern Trust with additional funding provided by the Clara M. Lovett Emerging Artists Fund and the Sue J. Henry and Carter G. Phillips Exhibition Fund. Further support is provided by Bayer AG, the Council for Canadian American Relations, and Luso-American Development Foundation.

The museum extends appreciation to the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Embassy of Italy with the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.; and the Embassy of Peru in the U.S.

Special thanks to the Mississippi State Committee and San Francisco Advocacy for NMWA for their support of the Paper Routes catalogue.

Women to Watch

Women to Watch is an exhibition series held every two to three years, developed in conjunction with the museum’s national and international outreach committees. NMWA currently has 23 outreach committees with more than 3,000 dedicated members throughout the United States and around the world, and the network continues to expand. The museum’s committees play a critical role in bringing NMWA’­s mission to regional audiences. The committees work with local museum directors and curators, education experts and business leaders to capitalize on their region’s artistic, financial, and educational strengths and resources in order to develop meaningful programming and build a bridge between their communities and the museum.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. With its collections, exhibitions, programs and online content, the museum seeks to inspire dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement and social change. NMWA addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today. The collections highlight painting, sculpture, photography and video by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Shirin Neshat, Faith Ringgold, Pipilotti Rist and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun.

NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C. It is open Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sun., noon–5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youth 18 and under. Admission is free the first Sunday of each month. For information, call 202-783-5000, visit nmwa.org, Broad Strokes Blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.