National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum of Women in the Arts The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to champi
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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. To fulfill its mission, the museum cares for and displays a permanent collection, presents special exhibitions, conducts education programs, mainta

ins 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.

Only one week left to grab your tickets for NMWA Nights! (Where else in D.C. can you get admission to a super cool party...
01/10/2024

Only one week left to grab your tickets for NMWA Nights! (Where else in D.C. can you get admission to a super cool party that includes 2 drinks for just $25?! 🥳)

We’re kicking off our first after-hours party of 2024 with a female-focused DJ set by DJ Alex Love, an interactive scavenger hunt through the galleries, art-making activities, and snacks and drinks by Please Bring Chips. 🥂

📸 Photo by Elyse Cosgrove/Asico Photo

Buy your tickets! ➞

Help us champion women artists in exciting new ways in 2024 and beyond. Your gift today will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact!

Happy birthday, Shinique Smith! 🎉     (b. 1971) is known for her fabric sculptures and abstract paintings of calligraphy...
01/09/2024

Happy birthday, Shinique Smith! 🎉

(b. 1971) is known for her fabric sculptures and abstract paintings of calligraphy and collage. Over the last 20 years, Smith has been creating visual poetry from clothing, repurposing old or used fabrics to give them a new sense of life and connection. These works range from small bundles to monumental bales which often contain personal mementos from her and her loved ones. 🧵

You can see “Daisies up your butterfly,” on view in “The Sky’s the Limit” at NMWA until February 25!

Artwork credit: Shinique Smith, “Daisies up your butterfly,” 2013; © Shinique Smith

Elisabetta Sirani was born   in 1638! 🖼️    spent her life in Bologna, an Italian city famous at the time for its progre...
01/08/2024

Elisabetta Sirani was born in 1638! 🖼️

spent her life in Bologna, an Italian city famous at the time for its progressive attitude toward women’s rights and for producing successful women artists. Sirani’s ability to create beautiful paintings in a short amount of time drew crowds to her studio to watch her work. By the time she was 19, Sirani ran her family’s workshop and supported herself, her parents, and her siblings through her art. While she was mostly known for her paintings, Sirani also created a handful of etchings before she passed away at the young age of 27.

Learn more ➞ https://nmwa.org/art/artists/elisabetta-sirani/

Artwork credit: Elisabetta Sirani, “The Holy Family with St. Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist,” ca. 1650-1660

What better way to celebrate   than with “Hummingbird” by Davina Semo? 🕊️ (Petition for a hummingbird emoji!) Washington...
01/05/2024

What better way to celebrate than with “Hummingbird” by Davina Semo? 🕊️ (Petition for a hummingbird emoji!)

Washington, D.C., native (b. 1981) creates functional bells using industrial materials and automotive paint. Though made by machines and manual labor, her forms and titles, such as “Hummingbird,” evoke the natural world. Come see “Hummingbird” and more of Semo’s magnificent bells on display in “The Sky’s the Limit” before the exhibition closes on February 25! 🔔

Artwork credit: Davina Semo, “Hummingbird,” 2020; © Davina Semo; Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman, San Francisco; Photo by John Wilson White

New Year’s resolution suggestion: visit more museums. 🖼️  Don’t forget to tag us () in your pictures from your visit and...
01/04/2024

New Year’s resolution suggestion: visit more museums. 🖼️

Don’t forget to tag us () in your pictures from your visit and use for a chance to be featured on our social media and our online gallery!

📸 Photos courtesy of Instagram: ebonyvenson, cborde, lilahiii, oliviamr3

  from all of us here at NMWA! We hope you’re bursting with excitement about what's in store for 2024. 🎆Artwork credit: ...
01/01/2024

from all of us here at NMWA! We hope you’re bursting with excitement about what's in store for 2024. 🎆

Artwork credit: Polly Apfelbaum, “Night Flowering,” 2009; © Polly Apfelbaum

12/29/2023

DC’s National Museum of Women in the Arts reopened on October 21 after a two-year, $70 million renovation that dramatically updated the 1908 building while respecting its architectural legacy. “We’ve designed a forward-looking structure with versatile spaces while also maintaining the building’s historic spirit,” says lead architect Sandra Parsons Vicchio. The Great Hall exemplifies this vision.

Lead Architect: Sandra Parsons Vicchio | Sandra Vicchio & Associates Architect of Record: Cara Versace
Interior Design of Public Spaces: Eileen Ritter & Associates
Contractor: Grunley
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Today for   we bring you “Home at Christmas,” by  ! Kilimnik (b. 1955), a painter and installation artist, is known for ...
12/28/2023

Today for we bring you “Home at Christmas,” by ! Kilimnik (b. 1955), a painter and installation artist, is known for her small-scale paintings which are deliberately created in a hurried, amateur style. 🌟

🏠 Artwork credit: Karen Kilimnik, “Home at Christmas,” 1989

Doesn’t this painting by   make you want to snuggle up with a blanket and some hot cocoa? ☕    Sally Michel Avery (1902 ...
12/27/2023

Doesn’t this painting by make you want to snuggle up with a blanket and some hot cocoa? ☕

Sally Michel Avery (1902 to 2003) was one of many women whose work was unfortunately overshadowed by her husband’s (Milton Avery). If it weren’t for Sally taking commercial drawing jobs to support them, Milton wouldn’t have been able to dedicate his life to painting full time. Sally was the co-creator of their signature "Avery style," which consisted of bright flattened forms and would inspire the work of future artists, like Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko.

⛰️ Artwork credit: Sally Michel Avery, “Winter,” 1983; © Sally Michel Avery

[Image description: A simplistic painting of a winter landscape.]

Happy   to all who celebrate! 🔴⚫🟢   Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration that was formed to empower descendants of the Afri...
12/26/2023

Happy to all who celebrate! 🔴⚫🟢

Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration that was formed to empower descendants of the African diaspora to rediscover their African heritage. The concepts and symbols of Kwanzaa derive from traditions and practices found throughout the diaspora. Kwanzaa’s name is derived from the phrase, “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Mazao, or crops, represent the harvest and acknowledgement of collective labor and are just one of several symbols used to teach the different principles of the holiday. 🌾

This week, we will be open regular hours, come visit us with your loved ones!

🧺 Artwork credit: Giovanna Garzoni, “Still Life with Basket of Fruit, A Vase with Carnations, and Shells on a Table,” ca. 1650-52

  bells are ringing! 🔔 We hope everyone who celebrates has a very merry holiday. 🎄  And a warm welcome to   2023! We’ll ...
12/25/2023

bells are ringing! 🔔 We hope everyone who celebrates has a very merry holiday. 🎄

And a warm welcome to 2023! We’ll be filling your feed with some cozy, wintery works all week long.🧣 So, take a moment to stop and enjoy them in the midst of the bustling holiday season.

(1898 to 1989) was born in London and showed an interest in art from an early age, which was encouraged by her parents. During her formal training at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, she enrolled in a wood-engraving course, where she was immediately intrigued by the range of results, which could be achieved through the medium. She focused on engraving, and a year later when her prints were shown in the Society of Wood Engravers’s Annual Exhibition, she began to receive critical recognition.

Artwork credit: Clare Leighton, “Christmas Bells,” 1940; © Estate of Clare Leighton

[Image description: Black-and-white print of Christmas bells.]

Today is officially the  ! ❄️ Are you looking forward to the snowfall or dreaming of warmer days? 💭  In 1903, Bertha Boy...
12/21/2023

Today is officially the ! ❄️ Are you looking forward to the snowfall or dreaming of warmer days? 💭

In 1903, Bertha Boynton Lum purchased some inexpensive printing supplies while on her honeymoon in Japan and began experimenting with when she returned home to the United States. Lum was inspired by Japanese color woodcuts and would eventually return to Japan to apprentice with printmakers in the region. When she returned to America and began to sell and show her artwork, she would become the first American woman artist to have her artwork acquired by the .

🌨️ Artwork credit: Bertha Boynton Lum, “May Night,” 1913

POV: 4 p.m. during standard time. 😴  Between 1997 and 2002, photographer Justine Kurland (b. 1969) focused on shooting l...
12/18/2023

POV: 4 p.m. during standard time. 😴

Between 1997 and 2002, photographer Justine Kurland (b. 1969) focused on shooting landscapes as she traveled the country to create her photographs. She packed up her van, which is equipped with a bed in the back, and lived on the road for several months. She spends time scouting locations and recruiting models for her projects, which are influenced by her own childhood adventures and current experiences. 🌄

📸 Artwork credit: Justine Kurland, “Slumber Party,” 2000; © Justine Kurland, Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Happy birthday to the Surrealist queen,  ! 👑  Remedios Varo (1908 to 1963) was born in Anglès, Spain, and her life was s...
12/17/2023

Happy birthday to the Surrealist queen, ! 👑

Remedios Varo (1908 to 1963) was born in Anglès, Spain, and her life was significantly shaped by the political and artistic movements of her time. After training as a painter and graduating from art school, Varo (full name María de los Remedios Alicia y Rodriga Varo y Uranga) moved to Paris to focus on and political change before relocating to Mexico in 1941. She often placed her own features in the faces of her otherworldly protagonists, emphasizing the importance she placed on her perspective as a woman. "La llamada (The Call)” reflects Varo’s characteristic color palette, with the central figure illuminated against a muted background.

Learn more ➞ https://nmwa.org/art/collection/la-llamada-call/

Artwork credit: Remedios Varo, “La llamada (The Call),” 1961; © Estate of Remedios Varo/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

We take our jobs very seriously here at NMWA, and we have tattoos to prove it. ✒️  During our reopening celebration in O...
12/15/2023

We take our jobs very seriously here at NMWA, and we have tattoos to prove it. ✒️

During our reopening celebration in October, tattoo artist Bibi Abelle set up shop in the museum for a flash tattoo event, in which a handful of NMWA staff members took part! Bibi created a variety of small tattoos inspired by different artworks on display, including Davina Semo’s “Hummingbird” (2020) and Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Pregnant Nana” (1995).

📸 Photo credit: NMWA staff and Elyse Cosgrove/Asico Photo

Today is  , and we’re going bananas over this artwork by Melissa W. Miller! 🙈 Melissa W. Miller (b. 1951) is known for h...
12/14/2023

Today is , and we’re going bananas over this artwork by Melissa W. Miller! 🙈

Melissa W. Miller (b. 1951) is known for her paintings that use wildlife behaviors as metaphors for human dilemmas. Her work focuses on the ways in which humans are harming the environment, including the endangerment of animals and their habitats.

🐒 Artwork credit: Melissa Miller, “Piggyback,” 1984; © Melissa W. Miller

[Image description: Painting of a monkey holding a rabbit on its back.]

"When I was doing proposals for other cities, I would write what I wanted to do, and then they would be at the airport w...
12/12/2023

"When I was doing proposals for other cities, I would write what I wanted to do, and then they would be at the airport with my name on a sign, and I would get off and they would go: 'Oh. Oh, we didn't think you were a woman.'"

Watch Jeffrey Brown's interview at NMWA with artist Petah Coyne on PBS News Hour!

In leading museums these days, women artists are gaining more prominence. But studies of acquisitions and overall exhibitions show just how much the gender gap remains. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is solely dedicated to the creativity and work of women and recently reopened after an ext...

Come visit NMWA after hours on 12/20! 🌃  On the third Wednesday of each month, our hours are extended until 8 p.m. Explo...
12/11/2023

Come visit NMWA after hours on 12/20! 🌃

On the third Wednesday of each month, our hours are extended until 8 p.m. Explore the galleries and do some last-minute holiday shopping after work on December 20. 🛍️

Kick off the new year at the first NMWA Nights of 2024! Grab a drink, listen to a female-focused set list by DJ Alex Lov...
12/08/2023

Kick off the new year at the first NMWA Nights of 2024! Grab a drink, listen to a female-focused set list by DJ Alex Love, and participate in an interactive scavenger hunt.

Two drink tickets included with admission. 🥂

Tickets on sale now:

Help us champion women artists in exciting new ways in 2024 and beyond. Your gift today will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact!

Happy   to all who celebrate! 🕎 If you’re looking for a book to read while you cozy up by the candles on the menorah, ch...
12/08/2023

Happy to all who celebrate! 🕎 If you’re looking for a book to read while you cozy up by the candles on the menorah, check out “Your Candle Accompanies the Sun: My Homage to Emily Dickinson,” by artist and poet Sophie Herxheimer. In a series of collage poems, Sophie's words and images represent in an homage to the human spirit, which she compares to the glowing power of the sun.

🕯️ Sophie Herxheimer, poems by Emily Dickinson, “Your Candle Accompanies the Sun: My Homage to Emily Dickinson,” 2017; Artist's book by Henningham Family Press

Learn To Make Paper!This Saturday, 12/910 am to 3 pmJoin us for a paper making workshop with guest instructor and "Holdi...
12/06/2023

Learn To Make Paper!
This Saturday, 12/9
10 am to 3 pm

Join us for a paper making workshop with guest instructor and "Holding Ground" artist Adjoa J. Burrowes. Art supplies provided and no experience required!

Help us champion women artists in exciting new ways in 2024 and beyond. Your gift today will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact!

I guess you could say “the sky’s the limit” for Instagram picture opportunities in our newest exhibition. 🌌 (see what we...
12/06/2023

I guess you could say “the sky’s the limit” for Instagram picture opportunities in our newest exhibition. 🌌 (see what we did there? 😎)

Tag us in your pictures from your visit and use for a chance to be featured on our social media pages and our website gallery!

📸 Photos courtesy of Instagram: ; ; ;

"December Second” by Grace Hartigan. That’s it. That’s the post. ❄️ JK, let’s talk a little bit about this abstract arti...
12/02/2023

"December Second” by Grace Hartigan. That’s it. That’s the post. ❄️

JK, let’s talk a little bit about this abstract artist!

In 1948, (1922 to 2008) became fascinated with the paintings of the artist duo, Lee Krasner and Jackson Po***ck. Hartigan briefly lived with the couple on Long Island, where she sought their guidance and expertise on Abstract Expressionism. She began to gain recognition for her large-scale, abstract paintings in 1950. As she developed as an artist, her work explored the societal expectations placed on women: “I have found my ‘subject,’” she declared. “It concerns that which is vulgar and vital in American modern life.”

🎨 Artwork credit: Grace Hartigan, “December Second,” 1959; © Grace Hartigan

We’re wrapping up our Native American Heritage Month highlights with a fan favorite, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith!  Raised o...
11/30/2023

We’re wrapping up our Native American Heritage Month highlights with a fan favorite, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith!

Raised on the Flathead Reservation and enrolled as a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation in Montana, Smith (b. 1940) is deeply connected to her heritage. Her work addresses the myths of her ancestors in the context of current issues facing Native Americans. Through a combination of appropriated and abstract imagery, her collage-style work confronts issues, such as environmentalism and governmental oppression of Indigenous cultures.

Smith has prioritized giving a voice to Native American artists, organizing and curating more than 30 Indigenous exhibitions since the 1970s. She recalls one of her favorite memories from the 1985 “Women of Sweetgrass, Cedar, and Sage” exhibition: “One woman wrote me that she laid the catalog against her cheek and cried; she had no idea there were so many Native women artists out there, and she no longer felt alone.” 🤎

Learn more ➞ https://artsandculture.google.com/story/8wVxfK7h7E2Zlg?hl=en

🐾 Artwork credit: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, “Indian, Indio, Indigenous,” 1992; Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Take a glimpse into the “In Focus: Artists at Work” exhibition on view now at NMWA! 🎞️ We worked with the award-winning ...
11/29/2023

Take a glimpse into the “In Focus: Artists at Work” exhibition on view now at NMWA! 🎞️

We worked with the award-winning film production company Smartypants to create a series of 8 videos, each profiling one contemporary artist in NMWA’s collection. Partnering with Art Processors, we were able to create an intimate, in-gallery viewing for the films with a 3-screen, immersive experience. The films highlight the practice of each artist and reveal how initiatives for equity shape their careers and daily lives.

The 4 films currently on view feature the Guerrilla Girls, Delita Martin, Rania Matar, and Alison Saar. The next 4 films, including Ambreen Butt, Sonya Clark, Colette Fu, and Graciela Iturbide, will premiere in 2024.

🎥 Trailer edited by RaffertyWeiss Media

Watch the trailer of NMWA's "In Focus: Artists at Work" series of short films spotlighting collection artists. For this project, NMWA worked with the award-w...

It's  ! 💌 This year, you can support NMWA and help us continue to advocate for   by making a gift today! Your special co...
11/28/2023

It's ! 💌 This year, you can support NMWA and help us continue to advocate for by making a gift today! Your special contribution will be matched by our Board of Trustees and gives NMWA the opportunity to host exciting offerings such as:

Groundbreaking exhibitions like “The Sky’s the Limit.” ⛅

Impactful programs like our Creative’s Keynote with Katy Hessel. 📖

Tours of our permanent collection. 🖼️

And so much more!

🎁 Make your gift today and help us continue to soar in our Grand Reopening year: https://secure.nmwa.org/donate/i/match?premove=Y&promo=S241Facebook

📸 Photos by Elyse Cosgrove

Join us this Sunday, 12/3 for our first in-person Fresh Talk in over two years!  In this Fresh Talk moderated by Luba El...
11/27/2023

Join us this Sunday, 12/3 for our first in-person Fresh Talk in over two years!

In this Fresh Talk moderated by Luba Elliott, digital artists Krista Kim, Nyla Hayes, and Damara Inglês will explore how technology is influencing the creation and sale of art, and how it can be used to emphasize gender equity for creatives.

Immerse yourself in the panel discussion from 4 to 5 pm and then keep the party going during cocktail hour from 5 to 6 pm! 🥂

Reserve your spot: https://nmwa.org/whats-on/calendar/fresh-talk-digital-futures/

Image courtesy of Damara Inglês

11/22/2023

In observance of Thanksgiving, NMWA will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23. Regular daily admission will resume on Friday, Nov. 24!

Our   highlights continue with LuAnn Tafoya!  Did you know that the practice of   is handed down from mother to daughter...
11/22/2023

Our highlights continue with LuAnn Tafoya!

Did you know that the practice of is handed down from mother to daughter? LuAnn Tafoya (b. 1938) learned the traditional coiling technique used in Jar with Bear-Paw Imprint from her mother Margaret Tafoya, who also learned the skill from her mother. LuAnn Tafoya’s signature style incorporates this coiling method along with highly polished surfaces. The bear paw imprint can be found in many of her ceramic works, symbolizing strength, good health, and the power of healing. 🐾

🏺 Artwork credit: LuAnn Tafoya, Jar with Bear-Paw Imprint, 1996; © LuAnn Tafoya

Learn more ➞ https://nmwa.org/art/collection/jar-bear-paw-imprint/

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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.