National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum of Women in the Arts The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. The National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments.
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To fulfill its mission, the museum cares for and displays a permanent collection, presents special exhibitions, conducts education programs, maintains a Library and Research Center, publishes a member magazine and books on women artists, and supports a network of state and international committees. NMWA also serves as a center for the performing and literary arts and other creative disciplines. If you are interested in hosting an event at NMWA, please visit: http://nmwa.org/host-event.

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Bianca Designs features  creative goods and accessories made  by q***r Latinx artist Bianca Negron. We spoke with Negron...
06/23/2021
Modern Makers: Bianca Negron | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Bianca Designs features creative goods and accessories made by q***r Latinx artist Bianca Negron. We spoke with Negron about the shop’s genesis, her hopes for a more inclusive future, and more.

Learn more in Broad Strokes ➞

Bianca’s Design Shop features creative goods and accessories made by q***r Latinx artist Bianca Negron. We spoke with Negron about the shop’s genesis, her hopes for a more inclusive future, and more.

Explore the materials that matter to artist Sonya Clark, who is known for using found objects that hold history and conv...
06/21/2021
5 Fast Facts: Sonya Clark’s Materials | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Explore the materials that matter to artist Sonya Clark, who is known for using found objects that hold history and convey context to enrich the meaning of her art.

Read more and view "Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend" through June 27 ➞

Impress your friends with five fast facts about the materials that matter to Sonya Clark. For Clark, found objects hold history and convey context, thereby enriching the meaning of her art.

Happy birthday to Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz! 🎈Abakanowicz is best known for manipulating textiles like burlap ...
06/20/2021
5 Fast Facts: Magdalena Abakanowicz | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Happy birthday to Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz! 🎈Abakanowicz is best known for manipulating textiles like burlap into figurative compositions that reference vulnerable human individuality in the modern world.

Learn more in Broad Strokes ➞

As part of NMWA’s #5WomenArtists campaign, impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, whose work is part of NMWA’s collection.

"I learned to love Juneteenth long before I became aware of the emancipation of enslaved Black people. I think my father...
06/19/2021
Remembering Juneteenth

"I learned to love Juneteenth long before I became aware of the emancipation of enslaved Black people. I think my father was his happiest on that day; he permitted himself to do whatever he wanted on Freedom Day."—Deborah Roberts, collage and mixed media artist

Read more in Hyperallergic ➞

I learned to love Juneteenth long before I became aware of the emancipation of enslaved Black people. I think my father was his happiest on that day; he permitted himself to do whatever he wanted on Freedom Day.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, NMWA has partnered with Her Flag 2020, a nati...
06/18/2021
Now on View: Her Flag | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, NMWA has partnered with Her Flag 2020, a nationwide art and travel project led by artist Marilyn Artus that is currently on view.

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, NMWA has partnered with Her Flag, a nationwide art and travel project led by artist Marilyn Artus.

06/14/2021
Curative Collective Conversation: Comida Casera Project

In this series, join us for in-depth interviews with the Curative Collective, a group of Women, Arts, and Social Change partners working at the intersection of food, art, and social change. From advocacy and social justice to healing and restorative self-care, this diverse collective serves communities throughout the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. The Curative Collective is also working on NMWA’s exhibition, RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals to make sure that the exhibition incorporates local communities and their perspectives.

This week, we are joined by the Comida Casera Project by Evelyn Rydz, an ongoing project using food and storytelling to create connections and cultivate community. The intimate, multigenerational events they produce create a space for both strangers and friends to share stories and food inspired by women who give them the sense of home. This event will be livestreamed on NMWA’s page and at nmwa.org/livestream.

Howard University associate professor Dr. Gwendolyn Everett considers beadwork in "Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Men...
06/14/2021
Divine Touch in “Tatter, Bristle, and Mend” | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Howard University associate professor Dr. Gwendolyn Everett considers beadwork in "Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend," and beadwork's function as an ancestral bond among African Americans and the African diaspora.

Learn more in Broad Strokes ➞

Howard University Associate Professor Dr. Gwendolyn Everett considers Sonya Clark’s beadwork and the material’s function as an ancestral bond among African Americans and the African diaspora.

Happy birthday to Audrey Niffenegger! 🎉 Niffenegger is the author of the bestselling novel "The Time Traveler’s Wife," a...
06/13/2021
Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger | Exhibition | NMWA

Happy birthday to Audrey Niffenegger! 🎉 Niffenegger is the author of the bestselling novel "The Time Traveler’s Wife," as well as a renowned book artist, painter, and printmaker. In 2013, her solo exhibition was on view at NMWA.

Learn more ➞

Help us restore, revitalize, and reimagine our iconic home in Washington, D.C. Support our ambitious $66 million campaign.

Happy Art Fix Friday! This week...➞ "Frida Kahlo: Timeless" is now open at Cleve Carney Museum of Art ➞ Legacy Russell h...
06/11/2021
Art Fix Friday: June 11, 2021 | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Happy Art Fix Friday! This week...
➞ "Frida Kahlo: Timeless" is now open at Cleve Carney Museum of Art
➞ Legacy Russell has been named executive director and chief curator of The Kitchen
➞ The title of the 20221 La Biennale di Venezia's exhibition is inspired by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington
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Curator Legacy Russell has been named the executive director and chief curator of the Kitchen; A protest against Picasso's abuse of women; A look at Liza Lou’s famed beaded kitchens; and more.

"I am definitely of the family of craft, but I would say all of art is. I would argue that craft came first, and then it...
06/10/2021
Sonya Clark on Collaboration, Labor, and the False Hierarchy of Art and Craft - BmoreArt

"I am definitely of the family of craft, but I would say all of art is. I would argue that craft came first, and then it got divided up in this way in the Western canon."—Sonya Clark

Read more from artist Sonya Clark in an interview with BmoreArt ➞

BmoreArt is a creative and critical daily online journal. We believe that Baltimore’s creative class deserves to be discussed, critiqued, and well-informed.

Historically, women artists have been drastically underrepresented and overlooked—and this is still true today, in the a...
06/08/2021
Membership RSVP Join - National Museum of Women in the Arts

Historically, women artists have been drastically underrepresented and overlooked—and this is still true today, in the art world and beyond. At the National Museum of Women in the Arts, we aim to right the balance for women artists.

Help us advocate for women in the arts by becoming a NMWA member and save with limited-time discounts ➞

Yes, I want to become a NMWA member and help lead the way for women artists. I am joining right away to save with limited-time discounts and be recognized on the 2021 Members List.

06/08/2021
BMA x NMWA: Pride of Place

Join educators from the Baltimore Museum of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts for our final episode of BMA x NMWA! This month, we welcome artists Renee Stout and SHAN Wallace to celebrate the vibrancy of art in Baltimore and DC.

06/07/2021
Curative Collective Conversation: Sound Bytes

In this series, join us for in-depth interviews with the Curative Collective, a group of Women, Arts, and Social Change partners working at the intersection of food, art, and social change. From advocacy and social justice to healing and restorative self-care, this diverse collective serves communities throughout the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. The Curative Collective is also working on NMWA’s exhibition, RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals to make sure that the exhibition incorporates local communities and their perspectives.

This week, we are joined by Sound Bites, a podcast by Culinary Trapping hosted by Cam Kadeem and Jeremy. Their podcast seeks to bridge the gap between community and multicultural awareness through culinary arts and collaboration. This event will be livestreamed on NMWA’s page and at nmwa.org/livestream.

Sarah Bernhardt established her name in France as one of the most famous actresses of the 19th-century stage. Less well ...
06/07/2021
5 Fast Facts: Sarah Bernhardt | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Sarah Bernhardt established her name in France as one of the most famous actresses of the 19th-century stage. Less well known is her immense skill as a sculptor.

Learn more in Broad Strokes ➞

Impress your friends with five fast facts about actor and artist Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923), whose sculpture Après la tempête (After the Storm) (ca. 1876) is in NMWA's collection.

06/06/2021
Fresh Talk: The Art of Healing

Throughout history, the kitchen has existed as a place for bodily nourishment, a laboratory for healing and a site for restorative justice. This conversation will explore the ways that female caretakers have contributed to traditional medicine, how mental and physical pain is connected and whether systemic racism and cultural repression create a specific need for marginalized groups to engage in acts of wellness and healing. Speakers include Navina Khanna, executive director of HEAL Food Alliance; Samaria King, co-founder of Mutual Aid Apothecary; and Tsedaye Makonnen, interdisciplinary artist, featured in RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals.

The conversation will be livestreamed on the museum’s page and nmwa.org/livestream.

06/04/2021
The Tea: Ainae Nielsen

In this online series, women musicians perform original work via live-stream on the museum’s social media channels on the first Friday of the month. Each session includes a short interview, conducted over a cup of tea, which explores the artist’s creative process. The Tea proudly welcomes singer Ainae Nielsen this month, and will be live streaming on NMWA’s page and at nmwa.org/livestream.

Fusing her love for soulful R&B, hip hop and contemporary pop, Nielsen creates an enjoyable, inviting experience and gives room for women to express themselves authentically. Nielsen graced the stage as a contestant on the NBC singing competition The Voice, as a member of Kelly Clarkson’s team, and gained attention for her whimsical soprano voice. The vocalist and songwriter was raised in southeast Washington, D.C. She has performed at venues and stages including NBC’s The Voice, Twins Jazz, U Street Music Hall, Howard University Homecoming, various Sofar Sounds experiences and more.

In honor of Pride Month, we're highlighting LGBTQ artists in our collection and exhibitions—starting with Berenice Abbot...
06/01/2021
5 Fast Facts: Berenice Abbott | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

In honor of Pride Month, we're highlighting LGBTQ artists in our collection and exhibitions—starting with Berenice Abbott! 🌈 Abbott is recognized as one of the first photographers to use her camera for realistic documentation, defying conventions with her straightforward portraits.

Learn more in Broad Strokes ➞

Impress your friends with five fast facts about Berenice Abbott (1898–1991). NMWA’s collection includes 20 of Abbott’s photographs taken between 1925 and 1954.

We hope you are having a meaningful Memorial Day weekend. The museum will be open today—and, as we are once again joinin...
05/31/2021
Plan Your Visit | National Museum of Women in the Arts

We hope you are having a meaningful Memorial Day weekend. The museum will be open today—and, as we are once again joining Blue Star Museums, admission is free for all active duty military personnel and their families through August 8.

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Find out about our hours and location, buy tickets and helpful tips to plan your visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts located in Washington, D.C.

Our Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month highlights wrap up this year with Echiko Ohira! Ohira transforms repurposed pa...
05/30/2021
Women to Watch 2020: Echiko Ohira | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Our Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month highlights wrap up this year with Echiko Ohira! Ohira transforms repurposed paper into intricate sculptures inspired by nature.

Learn more Broad Strokes ➞

Learn about Japanese artist Echiko Ohira's process and work, which was featured in Paper Routes, the latest installment of NMWA's Women to Watch exhibition series.

Full name, first name, or surname? Hyperallergic explores the complicated reasons behind how we refer to the great women...
05/29/2021
What Should We Call the Great Women Artists?

Full name, first name, or surname? Hyperallergic explores the complicated reasons behind how we refer to the great women artists.

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Imagine if Berthe Morisot had been known as Berthe Manet.

Happy Art Fix Friday! This week...➞ Laurence des Cars has been named director of Musée du Louvre, becoming the museum's ...
05/28/2021
Art Fix Friday: May 28, 2021 | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Happy Art Fix Friday! This week...
➞ Laurence des Cars has been named director of Musée du Louvre, becoming the museum's first female director
➞ Sculptor and filmmaker Alice Wang is on the 2021 BMW Art Journey award shortlist
➞ Surrealist Leonora Carrington’s Mexico City home will be converted into a museum
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Solange Knowles expands her cultural organization Saint Heron; Laurence des Cars becomes the first woman director of the Louvre; and more.

Our Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month highlights continue with Ruth Asawa! Asawa is known for her hanging wire sculp...
05/27/2021
Purposeful Pathmakers | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Our Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month highlights continue with Ruth Asawa! Asawa is known for her hanging wire sculptures and her dedicated advocacy for arts education.

Learn more in Broad Strokes ➞

Learn more about Ruth Asawa's hanging sculpture, Untitled (S.407) (ca. 1952), which is on view in the NMWA exhibition Pathmakers through February 28, 2016.

Happy National Scavenger Hunt Day! 🎉  To celebrate, try our virtual #5WomenArtists scavenger hunt to learn more about ar...
05/24/2021
#5WomenArtists Scavenger Hunt | NMWA

Happy National Scavenger Hunt Day! 🎉 To celebrate, try our virtual #5WomenArtists scavenger hunt to learn more about artists in the museum's collection and online exhibitions.

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Instructions Can you name #5WomenArtists? Use these prompts to enjoy [email protected] and discover five artists in the museum’s collection and online exhibitions. Make it Social  Save or screenshot your answers and share with the artist’s name and the artwork’s title on Facebook, Instagram or Twitte...

"My work asks: How do we truly humanize people, in the fullest sense of that word, and then also deconstruct the systems...
05/23/2021
Sonya Clark Explains How Hair Brings Us Together | Washingtonian (DC)

"My work asks: How do we truly humanize people, in the fullest sense of that word, and then also deconstruct the systems that have caused the dehumanization in the first place?"

Hear more from textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark, whose work is currently on view through June 27 in "Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle and Mend," in Washingtonian ➞

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is bringing her necessary work to a wider audience.

Happy 177th birthday to Mary Cassatt! 🎈 Recognized as one of the foremost 19th-century American painters and printmakers...
05/22/2021

Happy 177th birthday to Mary Cassatt! 🎈 Recognized as one of the foremost 19th-century American painters and printmakers, Cassatt is known for her prolific career and Impressionist artwork.

Learn more ➞ https://bit.ly/2T5JzHD

Happy 177th birthday to Mary Cassatt! 🎈 Recognized as one of the foremost 19th-century American painters and printmakers, Cassatt is known for her prolific career and Impressionist artwork.

Learn more ➞ https://bit.ly/2T5JzHD

This week in Art Fix Friday:➞ Sydney Chatman and Kameelah Janan Rasheed have received this year’s Joyce Foundation grant...
05/21/2021
Art Fix Friday: May 21, 2021 | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

This week in Art Fix Friday:
➞ Sydney Chatman and Kameelah Janan Rasheed have received this year’s Joyce Foundation grants
➞ Singaporean artist Amanda Heng calls for women to anonymously submit photos for her Singirl Online Project
➞ Mary Beth Edelson, the pioneering, multidisciplinary feminist artist, has died
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Nicola Vassell opens her gallery in New York City; Mary Beth Edelson, pioneering, feminist artist, has died at age 88; Maya Angelou honored by the U.S. Mint; and more.

Tonight, join us for a virtual happy hour in honor of Marisol! 🎉  We'll make a specialty cocktail in her honor, share ar...
05/20/2021
Virtual Happy Hour: Marisol Birthday Celebration | NMWA

Tonight, join us for a virtual happy hour in honor of Marisol! 🎉 We'll make a specialty cocktail in her honor, share artworks and stories, and explore the museum’s collection and archives for all things Marisol.

Register now ➞

Help us restore, revitalize, and reimagine our iconic home in Washington, D.C. Support our ambitious $66 million campaign.

Our Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month artist spotlights continue with Korean American artist Jiha Moon! Moon's bicul...
05/19/2021
5 Fast Facts: Jiha Moon | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Our Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month artist spotlights continue with Korean American artist Jiha Moon! Moon's bicultural experiences directly inform the content and style of her mixed-media works.

Learn more in Broad Strokes ➞

Impress your friends with five fast facts about artist Jiha Moon, whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.

Can't get enough of textile artist Sonya Clark or her current NMWA exhibition "Tatter, Bristle, and Mend"? Then take a l...
05/18/2021
5 Fast Facts: Sonya Clark | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Can't get enough of textile artist Sonya Clark or her current NMWA exhibition "Tatter, Bristle, and Mend"? Then take a look at five fast facts about Sonya Clark compiled by one of our educators!

Learn more in Broad Strokes ➞

Impress your friends with five fast facts about textile artist Sonya Clark, whose midcareer survey is on view at NMWA through June 27.

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The National Museum of Women in the Arts 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 inspires 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. Creator of #5WomenArtists.


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