Urgent Museum Notice

Capital Campaign

Join us in this ambitious $67.5 million campaign to secure our home.

NMWA strives for a building whose stature is commensurate with our work, a building that can hold its own in a city filled with monuments, in a world where monuments to women are too few and far between.

Did You Know?

Just 11% of all acquisitions and 14% of exhibitions at 26 prominent U.S. museums over the past decade were of work by female artists.

“Museums Claim They’re Paying More Attention to Female Artists. That’s an Illusion.” artnet News

Case for Support

A woman with light skin and brown hair wearing a violet-colored sleeveless dress shakes hands with a woman with light skin wearing a gold dress at a formal party.
Denise Littlefield Sobel, generous supporter of NMWA, shakes hands with NMWA Founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay. Photo Credit: Yassine El Mansouri

Video: Creating Space to Soar

May 26, 2021
Susan Fisher Sterling, NMWA Director, discusses the museum’s upcoming restoration and renovation project with architect, Sandra Vicchio.

Additional Information

Project Overview

View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.
Explore the ambitious campaign for a top-to-bottom transformation of the museum’s historic building.

Building Renovation

Architectural rendering of the gallery. People of all ages look at artwork hung on white and magenta walls.
Learn about the plan to improve interior spaces, mechanical systems, and exterior envelope to position NMWA for a triumphant future.

Director’s Message

A woman with light skin and short brown hair posing behind a white assemblage sculpture.
Read a special letter from Susan Fisher Sterling, NMWA’s Alice West Director, on the building’s first full renovation project since 1987.


Old color, front-facing photograph of the museum exterior from 1984.
View our timeline of the building’s evolution, including key dates of the capital campaign and ambitious renovation project.

Project FAQs

Birds-eye rendering of what the fourth floor will look like, includes a view of the new Library learning commons, the Education Center, and new gallery space..
Check out Frequently Asked Questions about the building closure, renovation, and campaign.

News and Media

Rendering shaped like an upside-down letter T shows the museum great hall and stairwell.
Stay up-to-date with announcements, news, and press on NMWA’s building renovation project and campaign progress.

Contact Us

We invite you to join in support of this transformational campaign. Gifts and pledges of all levels are welcome.

Christina Knowles

Senior Director of Development


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