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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For Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, we'll be highlighting NMWA artists of Asian/Pacific American descent througho...
05/01/2021
Julie Chen: True to Life | Exhibition | NMWA

For Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, we'll be highlighting NMWA artists of Asian/Pacific American descent throughout May. To kick us off, dive into the sculptural and poetic works of book artist Julie Chen of Flying Fish Press.

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The internationally recognized artist and teacher Julie Chen creates elaborate books that call for readers to do more than simply turn pages to uncover her poetic reflections. Readers may be called upon to peer through a tunnel created by accordioned pages or flip the slats of a Venetian blind-like....

This week in Art Fix Friday...➞ At the 2021 Oscars, Chloé Zhao became the first women of color to win Best Director➞ The...
04/30/2021
Art Fix Friday: April 30, 2021 | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

This week in Art Fix Friday...
➞ At the 2021 Oscars, Chloé Zhao became the first women of color to win Best Director
➞ The art collection of Agnes Gund is the subject of a new card game, Words of Art
➞ The Guardian previews photographer Carlota Guerrero’s new book
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Historic wins for director Chloé Zaho and hairstylists Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson at the 2021 Oscars; Curator Meg Onli wins the inaugural Figure Skating Prize; and more.

Curious about the context that informs Sonya Clark’s art? NMWA’s Library and Research Center has selected works of poetr...
04/29/2021
Tatter, Bristle, and Mend Reading List | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Curious about the context that informs Sonya Clark’s art? NMWA’s Library and Research Center has selected works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for further reading, drawing on Clark’s own book collection.

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Curious about the context that informs Sonya Clark’s art? NMWA’s Library and Research Center selected works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for further reading, drawing on Clark’s own book collection.

"Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend" uses hair to tell the story of Black life, highlighting the politicization of B...
04/27/2021

"Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend" uses hair to tell the story of Black life, highlighting the politicization of Black hair.

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"Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend" uses hair to tell the story of Black life, highlighting the politicization of Black hair.

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04/26/2021
Curative Collective Conversation: Tsedaye Makonnen

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 Tsedaye Makonnen, an interdisciplinary artist whose studio, curatorial and research-based practice threads together her identity as a daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, a Black American woman, a doula, and a mother. Makonnen invests in the trans-historical forced migration of Black communities across the globe and Black womxnhood. She’ll share more about her process in creating her work for RECLAMATION, her top #5WomenArtists that inspire her, and what she is working on now. This event will be livestreamed on NMWA’s page and at nmwa.org/livestream.

Chef, writer, and artist Chef Jenny Dorsey discusses her process and work, which is featured in NMWA's evolving online e...
04/26/2021
Reclamation: Q&A with Jenny Dorsey | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Chef, writer, and artist Chef Jenny Dorsey discusses her process and work, which is featured in NMWA's evolving online exhibition "RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals."

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Chef, writer, and artist Jenny Dorsey talks with us about her process and work, part of NMWA's new online exhibition RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals.

Despite women making history in the top categories at the Oscars, the number of women nominees for the 93rd Academy Awar...
04/25/2021
WMC Investigation 2021: Gender and Non-Acting Oscar Nominations - Full Report - Women’s Media Center

Despite women making history in the top categories at the Oscars, the number of women nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards did not see a significant increase compared to past years.

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Despite women making history in the top categories at the Oscars, the number of female nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards did not see a significant increase compared to past years, according to a Women’s Media Center analysis of the 18 non-acting categories.

Happy Art Fix Friday! This week...➞ María Magdalena Campos-Pons has won Pérez Art Museum Miami's Pérez Prize➞ Smithsonia...
04/23/2021
Art Fix Friday: April 23, 2021 | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Happy Art Fix Friday! This week...
➞ María Magdalena Campos-Pons has won Pérez Art Museum Miami's Pérez Prize
➞ Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery reflects on Navajo artist Christine McHorse
➞ The New Yorker reviews Alice Neel’s current retrospective at the MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
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María Magdalena Campos-Pons wins the Pérez Prize; Asian American artists, including Anicka Yi and Betty Yu, organize against bias; and more.

Web designer Sue Anna Joe created the central magnolia motif on Mississippi’s new state flag, which recently replaced th...
04/22/2021
Forming a More Perfect Union | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Web designer Sue Anna Joe created the central magnolia motif on Mississippi’s new state flag, which recently replaced the original flag’s Confederate imagery. We asked Joe to consider Sonya Clark’s Confederate battle flag and truce flag works.

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Web designer Sue Anna Joe created the central magnolia motif on Mississippi’s new state flag, which recently replaced the original flag’s Confederate imagery. We asked Joe to consider Sonya Clark’s own Confederate battle flag and truce flag works.

Happy birthday to Carrie Mae Weems! 🎉  Weems is best known for her work in photography and for addressing contemporary i...
04/20/2021
FRESH TALK: Carrie Mae Weems—Can an artist inspire social change?

Happy birthday to Carrie Mae Weems! 🎉 Weems is best known for her work in photography and for addressing contemporary issues facing African Americans. In 2015, Weems spoke at NMWA about art and social change.

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The second FRESH TALK held on November 15, 2015 featured a keynote by artist and activist Carrie Mae Weems. After the presentation, Weems was joined by Rober...

04/19/2021
Curative Collective Conversation: The Belair-Edison School

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 Belair-Edison School staff in charge of the Iron Chef program. This culinary arts program began in the summer of 2020, born from the students’ desire to be creative. Students receive a challenge kit every month and cook meals for their families. Students then turn in photos that are presented at the school’s virtual Wellness Ambassador Program, a monthly mixture of food, fun, and family fitness that is open to all members of the school community.This event will be livestreamed on NMWA’s page and at nmwa.org/livestream.

Mary Ellen Mark often took personal interest in those she met and photographed. Dive into the photographer's relationshi...
04/19/2021
A Closer Look—Mary Ellen Mark: Girlhood | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Mary Ellen Mark often took personal interest in those she met and photographed. Dive into the photographer's relationships with several of her subjects, who she portrayed with empathy, humor, and candor.

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Mark often took personal interest in those she met and photographed. Learn about the photographer's relationships with several of her subjects, who she portrayed with empathy, humor, and candor.

04/18/2021
Fresh Talk: Sonya Clark

Join renowned textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark as she reflects on works in her new NMWA exhibition, Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend, the first survey of her 25-year career. Through her art, Clark transforms simple materials, including hair, combs, and found objects, into powerful revelations on injustice and stirring tributes to her ancestors. Clark joins NMWA Deputy Director/Chief Curator Kathryn Wat in conversation to share how she weaves, stitches, snips, braids, and beads to draw out momentous narratives on race, visibility, and the urgent need to redress history.

The conversation will be livestreamed on the museum’s page and nmwa.org/livestream. This program is available for free to the public, but if you would like to support the museum, please consider making a $10 donation.

Tonight at 5 p.m. (ET), join us for a Fresh Talk with textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark. Clark will reflect...
04/18/2021
Fresh Talk: Sonya Clark | NMWA

Tonight at 5 p.m. (ET), join us for a Fresh Talk with textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark. Clark will reflect on the mixed-media works in her celebrated NMWA exhibition "Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend."

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Join renowned textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark as she reflects on works in her new NMWA exhibition, Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend, the first survey of her 25-year career. Through her art, Clark transforms simple materials, including hair, combs, and found objects, into powerfu...

Pop art—the popular 1950s and ’60s movement that turned consumer culture into fine art—has long been represented by Amer...
04/17/2021
Women Pop Artists Are Finally Getting Their Due

Pop art—the popular 1950s and ’60s movement that turned consumer culture into fine art—has long been represented by American and British men, even though it always included an international cohort of women artists. The market for women Pop artists is still catching up, but museums and scholars are making strides in the meantime.

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Long overshadowed by Warhol, Lichtenstein, and company, women Pop practitioners are gaining attention from museums and the market.

Happy Art Fix Friday! This week...➞ The 2021 Yale Drama Series Prize has been awarded to Rachel Lynett➞ Hyperallergic re...
04/16/2021
Art Fix Friday: April 16, 2021 | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Happy Art Fix Friday! This week...
➞ The 2021 Yale Drama Series Prize has been awarded to Rachel Lynett
➞ Hyperallergic reviews "Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life" at MoMA PS1
➞ artnet interviews writer Roxane Gay—who is also a new art collector
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Playwright Rachel Lynett wins the Yale Drama Series Prize; An interview with writer Roxane Gay about her new, women-centric art collection; and more.

Happy birthday to sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett! 🎂  Catlett used her art to advocate for social change in bo...
04/15/2021
5 Fast Facts: Elizabeth Catlett | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Happy birthday to sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett! 🎂 Catlett used her art to advocate for social change in both the U.S. and her adopted country of Mexico for almost three-quarters of a century.

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Impress your friends with five fast facts about Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012), whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.

Explore two paintings by Hung Liu that showcase her distinguished skills as a painter and printmaker—and that are exciti...
04/14/2021
New Acquisition Spotlight: Hung Liu | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Explore two paintings by Hung Liu that showcase her distinguished skills as a painter and printmaker—and that are exciting new additions to NMWA's collection!

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Two paintings by Hung Liu are exciting new additions to NMWA's collection, enabling the museum to showcase Liu’s distinguished skills as a painter and printmaker.

04/13/2021
BMA x NMWA: Counterstory

Take a critical look at history through the art of Sonya Clark and Stephanie Syjuco, as each artist upends dominant narratives to propose a counterstory. In this month's BMA x NMWA episode, we'll discuss Clark's investigation of the Confederate battle flag as a commonplace symbol and welcome Stephanie Syjuco for a live exploration of her art that critiques U.S. imperialism and white supremacy.

Photographer and mixed media artist Joli Livaudais transforms film and digital photography into paper sculptures. Learn ...
04/13/2021
Women to Watch 2020: Joli Livaudais | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Photographer and mixed media artist Joli Livaudais transforms film and digital photography into paper sculptures. Learn more about her process and work, which is in online exhibition "Paper Routes," part of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series.

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

04/12/2021
Curative Collective Conversation: Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

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 Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, an award-winning interdisciplinary visual and performance artist. She’ll share more about her process in creating her work for RECLAMATION, her top #5WomenArtists that inspire her, and what she is working on now. This event will be livestreamed on NMWA’s page and at nmwa.org/livestream.

Get to know #5WomenArtists—Harmony Hammond, Louise Bourgeois, Joyce Kozloff, Miriam Schapiro, and Sarah Charlesworth— wh...
04/12/2021
#5WomenArtists in SoHo Women Artists | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Get to know #5WomenArtists—Harmony Hammond, Louise Bourgeois, Joyce Kozloff, Miriam Schapiro, and Sarah Charlesworth— who are depicted in the painting "SoHo Women Artists" (1978) by May Stevens.

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Get to know five women artists—Harmony Hammond, Louise Bourgeois, Joyce Kozloff, Miriam Schapiro, and Sarah Charlesworth— who are depicted in SoHo Women Artists (1978), by May Stevens.

Explore how June Wayne's Tamarind Lithography Workshop (Tamarind Institute) advanced the careers of women artists such a...
04/11/2021
How an LA Printmaking Workshop Advanced the Career of Women Artists

Explore how June Wayne's Tamarind Lithography Workshop (Tamarind Institute) advanced the careers of women artists such as Ruth Asawa and Anni Albers, and see their works in a Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego online exhibition.

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Ruth Asawa, Anni Albers, and others first experimented with printmaking at June Wayne’s Tamarind Lithography Workshop.

Océanne is a line of minimalist modern jewelry and apparel by French designer Anne Harrill. As part of our Modern Makers...
04/10/2021
Modern Makers: Océanne | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Océanne is a line of minimalist modern jewelry and apparel by French designer Anne Harrill. As part of our Modern Makers series, we spoke with Harrill about her mission and inspiration.

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Océanne is a line of minimalist modern jewelry and apparel by French designer Anne Harrill. We spoke with Harrill about her mission and more.

Happy Art Fix Friday! This week...➞ The Los Angeles Times profiles performance artist Kyoko Takenaka➞ The Art Newspaper ...
04/09/2021
Art Fix Friday: April 9, 2021 | Broad Strokes Blog | NMWA

Happy Art Fix Friday! This week...
➞ The Los Angeles Times profiles performance artist Kyoko Takenaka
➞ The Art Newspaper reports that the Guerrilla Girls will install billboards across the U.K. for the Art Night festival
➞ Erika Dickerson-Despenza has won the 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
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A photo essay explores acts of love in Asian and Asian American communities; Bisa Butler: Portraits at the Art Institute of Chicago; and more.

Last chance: add your name to NMWA's 2021 Honor Roll! ✨  Thank you to our donors honoring women artists with contributio...
04/08/2021
Honor Roll | NMWA

Last chance: add your name to NMWA's 2021 Honor Roll! ✨ Thank you to our donors honoring women artists with contributions to the Honor Roll campaign—your support helps us continue advocating for social change.

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A-F: George Abbott and Mary Abbott, Mr. Murray Abramsky, Margie Adam, Ann Adams, Ms. Lynn Adams-Landon*, Dr. Madeleine Wing Adler, Norey Agudelo “Noriam”, Ms. Merrill Albert, Ms. Janice E. Alexander, Jean Alexander, Dima Floral Designs, Bonnie C. Allan, Ms. Elmer Lucille Allen, Gloria D Allen an...

"Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend" has been EXTENDED! 🎉  Due to popular demand, this mid-career survey of works by...
04/07/2021
Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend | Exhibition | NMWA

"Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend" has been EXTENDED! 🎉 Due to popular demand, this mid-career survey of works by textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark will now close on June 27.

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Textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark (b. 1967) is renowned for her mixed-media works that address race and visibility, explore Blackness, and redress history. This exhibition—the first survey of Clark’s 25-year career—includes the artist’s well-known sculptures made from black pock...

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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.