Urgent Museum Notice


Photo credit: Sarah Baker
The museum’s national and international committees bring the museum’s message to a worldwide audience.

Located in many U.S. states and major cities around the globe, these affiliate groups raise the museum’s profile and champion women artists in their regions. They plan local programs that highlight our mission, collection, exhibitions, and activities. Committee members work with the museum’s staff to increase membership and donate works of art, and they fund exhibitions, education programs, and object conservation.

Learn about committee projects that have helped us empower women artists around the world.

Recent Committee Activities

All the participating artists from Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018 gather at the opening celebration of the exhibition on June 27, 2018; Photo credit: Sarah Baker

Women to Watch Exhibition

Increasing the visibility of emerging and underrepresented artists

Women to Watch features emerging and underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Each exhibition focuses on a specific medium or theme chosen by NMWA’s curators. See the Women to Watch section below to learn more.

Danielle Grall, President of Les Amis du NMWA, serves on the jury for the Outsider Art Fair in Paris in October 2019.

Les Amis du NMWA

Participates in Outsider Art Fair Paris

In October 2019, the President of Les Amis du NMWA sat on the jury for the third annual Art Absolument Prize for Outsider Art. Awarded during the Outside Art Fair in Paris, the Art Absolument Prize seeks to “improve the visibility of art developed outside the margins of institutional eyes.” This was the first edition of the prize exclusively dedicated to recognizing women working in the genre of Art Brut.

Mary Evans, the selected artist to represent the UK for the Paper Routes exhibition, stands in front of her work at the exhibition, Paper Works at Sotheby’s London in September 2019.

UK Friends of NMWA

Presents Paper Work at Sotheby’s London

In September 2019, the UK Friends of NMWA worked with curator Natasha Howes of Manchester Art Gallery to present five exceptional contemporary artists working with paper— Sophie Bouvier Auslander, Mary Evans, Ludovica Gioscia, Charlotte McGowan-Griffin, and Abigail Reynolds.

Members of the New York Committee gather at the Brooklyn Museum for a panel discussion lead by curator Carmen Hermo with the nominated artists for Paper Routes.

New York Committee

Hosts Women to Watch Panel at the Brooklyn Museum

The New York Committee hosted a panel discussion in July 2019 at the Brooklyn Museum, moderated by Carmen Hermo, associate curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The panel featured four artists from New York State who have been nominated for inclusion in NMWA’s exhibition Paper Routes.

Serena Porrati stands with her work at the opening reception for Heavy Metal–Women to Watch 2018; Photo credit: Sarah Baker

Italian Committee

U.S. Ambassador to Italy Honors NMWA’s Italian Committee

On October 16, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Italy Lewis Eisenberg hosted a reception at his private residence in Rome in honor of the members of NMWA and its Italian Committee. International supporters of the museum and members and friends of the Italian Committee were treated to a presentation by Italian artist Serena Porrati, who represented Italy in the Heavy Metal—Women to Watch 2018 exhibition.

Speakers at the Massachusetts Committee’s talk: Doris Sommer, Adriana Zavaka and Mary Schneider Enriquez.

Massachusetts State Committee

Launches its first Fresh Talk in Partnership with Harvard Business School Association

On September 25, 2018, the Massachusetts Committee and Harvard Business School Association of Boston presented “Can Women Artists Inspire Social Change?” Professor Doris Sommer, Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative and Professor of Romance Languages and Literature and African American Studies at Harvard, moderated a meaningful discussion about the continuing importance of political and social protest art.

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Women to Watch

The Women to Watch exhibition series is a collaboration between the museum and the national and international committees. This initiative increases the visibility of emerging and underrepresented artists from each committee’s respective region.

Vibrantly colored strokes of watercolor in shades of magenta, orange, and yellow, flow across white paper, giving the impression of waves.
Lucha Rodríguez, Knife Drawing XX, 2018; Watercolor on paper, 30 x 22 in.; Courtesy of the artist; Photo by Paco Vergachette

Past Women to Watch Exhibitions

Heavy Metal—2018

Abstract wall sculpture featuring horizontal, vertical, and diagonal intersecting lines overlaid with pieces of rounded, plated steel
The fifth installment of Women to Watch showcased 20 contemporary artists working with metal in a variety of scales and techniques.

Organic Matters—2015

Detail photograph of ceramic sculpture made to look like a patch of lawn. Individual squares consisting of multiple upright blades of porcelain grass, glazed green, fit together to form a lush rectangular field of grass.
The fourth installment of Women to Watch examined the relationships between women, nature, and art.

High Fiber—2012

The third installment of Women to Watch featured artists that turn fibers or fiber-like materials into textiles, sculptures, and installations.

Body of Work—2010

The second installment of Women to Watch highlighted contemporary figure painters.


The first installment of Women to Watch featured works by 11 contemporary women photographers.