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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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National & International Programs
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.
Paper Routes—Women to Watch 2020
The museum is working with 22 committees to present Paper Routes, the sixth installment of our Women to Watch exhibition series, which showcases the transformation of paper into complex works of art. Artists use paper not merely as a support for drawings, prints, or photographs, but as a medium itself. Ranging in size from minutely detailed, small-scale works to large, sculptural installations, this exhibition explores artists’ ability to transform paper into a surprising array of shapes and structures.
In addition to their involvement in the exhibition at NMWA, many participating committees organized local group exhibitions, receptions, and panel discussions to celebrate the artists from their regions.