Located in regions across the U.S. and around the globe, NMWA’s advocacy groups help to champion women artists far beyond the museum’s walls in Washington, DC. Committees plan local programs that highlight our mission, collection, exhibitions, and activities. They also work with museum staff to increase membership; donate works of art; and fund exhibitions, education programs, and object conservation.
Read on to learn about just a few committee projects that have helped empower women artists around the world.
Recent Committee Activities
Women to Watch Exhibition
NMWA’s Women to Watch is a unique exhibition series that features emerging and underrepresented women artists working in regions where the museum has outreach committees. See the Women to Watch section below to learn more.
Georgia Committee of NMWA
The Georgia Committee held their regional Women to Watch and an accompanying artists talk at the Atlanta Contemporary. The show was curated by Women to Watch 2024 consulting curators for Georgia, Melissa Messina and Sierra King.
San Francisco Advocacy for NMWA
The San Francisco Advocacy opened an exhibition of work by their nominees for Women to Watch 2024 at the California College for the Arts. After opening remarks by curator Lauren Schell Dickens, artist Genevieve Quick led participants in a performance activation of her installation on display.
Capítulo Chileno del NMWA
The Chile Committee organized an exhibition and artists talk with their Women to Watch 2024 nominees and other local artists at Centro Cultural El Tranque in Santiago. The exhibition was curated by Felipe Forteza, director of CV Galería and Women to Watch 2024 consulting curator for Chile.
Japan Committee of NMWA
The Japan Committee held a panel featuring NMWA Alice West Director Susan Fisher Sterling, professor and curator Natsumi Araki, author and researcher Hiroki Yamamoto, and moderated by acclaimed journalist Hiroko Kuniya. The program was covered by Tokyo newspapers and drew audiences across industries.
Wyoming Committee of NMWA
The Wyoming Committee commissioned a film spotlighting their five nominees for Women to Watch 2024. The film was screened during a panel discussion featuring the artists and Tammi Hanawalt, curator of the National Museum of Wildlife Art and Women to Watch 2024 consulting curator for Wyoming.
National & International Programs
Women to Watch
The Women to Watch exhibition series is a unique collaboration between NMWA and its national and international committees. Each exhibition, held every few years, focuses on a specific medium or theme chosen by NMWA’s curators and features underrepresented women artists from each committee’s respective region.
New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024
In partnership with 28 committees in the US and other countries, the museum presents the seventh and largest installment of the Women to Watch series. New Worlds gathers work by visionary artists across the globe who are reimagining the past, presenting alternate realities, and inspiring audiences to create different futures. Their work in this exhibition, which span a breadth of artistic mediums, address displacement and belonging, gender fluidity, ecological crises, and other pressing themes of our time.
In addition to participating in and supporting the exhibition at NMWA, many committees organize local group exhibitions, artist talks, and other programs to celebrate the artists from their regions.