National Museum of Women in the Arts

Washington, DC

National Museum of Women in the Arts
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National Museum of Women in the Arts


National Museum of Women in the Arts is a nonprofit art exhibit. With $13.8m in revenue and 107 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 1982, National Museum of Women in the Arts is headquartered in Washington, DC. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $10.8m.

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Mission and Work


The mission of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is to collect, conserve and elevate the achievements of women artists from all nationalities and to educate the public on their outstanding accomplishments. We strive to accomplish our mission by national and international outreach programs dedicated to provide an opportunity for all to join us in the recognition of women artists, motivate children and adults alike in the pursuit of a deeper understanding of the obstacles and accomplishments of women artists. With the museum's outstanding educational programs, in-house library, magazine, member benefits and exceptional exhibitions, we are able to promote and educate the public on the accomplishments of women artists and allow for the growth and future opportunity for aspiring women artists so that they too may realize their dreams.


$2.9m annual program spend • Revival june 23 - september 10, 2017spectacle and visual enchantment undergird much contemporary art, and revival takes part in that impulse. This debut show for nmwa's 30th anniversary includes sculptors and photo-based artists who use scale, unconventional materials, and provocative subjects to rouse the spirit, focusing their art on deep-rooted emotions related to the human experience-love and fear foremost among them. Their sculptures of peculiar creatures and photographs and mesmeric videos of wayward children and the fragmented human body test the hold we have on the psychic self. Inspired by the museum's rich holdings of contemporary art and featuring works from public and private collections, the exhibition includes art by louise bourgeois, lalla essaydi, joana vasconcelos, and other global artists. Magnetic fields october 13, 2017 - january 28, 2018nmwa's 30th anniversary celebration continues with magnetic fields, the first us exhibition to explore the formal and historical dialogue on abstraction among african American women artists. Featuring work by more than twenty artists, the exhibition is intergenerational in scope and highlights the long-standing presence of black women in American abstraction. From the brilliant colors and energetic brushwork of alma woodsey thomas's paintings to shredded tire sculptures by chakaia booker, featured works testify to the enduring ability of abstraction to convey both personal iconography and universal themes. This landmark project underscores the diversity of abstract art, which lies in its material construction as well as in its practitioners. Womanhouse 2.0 march 2 - may 28, 2018inspired by the 1972 exhibition womanhouse, a project organized by judy Chicago and miriam schapiro in the feminist art program at calarts, womanhouse 2.0 reflects on women's complex relationship to architecture, the home, and daily rituals of domesticity. Through photographs, videos, sculptures, and room-like installations (built with materials ranging from felt to rubber bands) they recast conventional ideas about a woman's place with acuity, ingenuity, and wit. The project is curated by camille morineau, who first worked with nmwa on women to watch while she was curator of the highly acclaimed exhibition elles (2010) that took over the entire museum of the centre pompidou. Morineau is currently director of the french government's prestigious contemporary art space LA monnaie de paris. Heavy metal june 29 - september 9, 2018in this fifth installment in nmwa's acclaimed women to watch exhibition series, artists enthusiastically investigate the physical properties and expressive potential of metalwork, long considered to be the domain of men. Featuring hand-built sculptures, furniture, vessels, and objects for personal adornment, the exhibition also engages the fluidity between fine art, design, and craft in contemporary culture. Heavy metal is created in the museum's partnership with consortium of international and national outreach committees. The exhibition comprises innovative works by emerging global artists as well as new works by renowned metal-centric sculptors and conceptual artists. Nmwa's collection exhibitions and installationsas part of the museum's exhibition program, nmwa regularly reinstalls all or part of the 3rd floor collection galleries and other spaces within the building. These exhibitions demonstrate the richness of the collection, which have grown from the holladay seed donation of 500 works to over 5,000 objects given by donors over the past thirty years. Exhibitions in the ground floor teresa lozano long gallery regularly feature works from the museum's prints and drawings collection and artists books, such as the current installation of colorful abstractions by major NY artist polly apfelbaum or the recent showing of pop-up books of colette fu. Exciting news re: our main collection installations in the great hall and 3rd floor galleries: for the first time, in honor of the 30th anniversary, the collection is installed in a way that breaks the bond of historical chronology. Why did we want to do this for so many years?. Because the sweep of art history has always short-changed women and people of color. Now when visitors come to see the collection, they experience inspiring, non-chronological thematic stories that help us all see a bigger picture--about women artists and history (herstory), women's relationship to the domestic sphere, their engagement with public space, or approach to nature, to name a few. Through these thematic interchanges, we also are providing visitors with the opportunity to view older works of art in dialogue with contemporary art-to see them in fresh and open ways. Equally true, the re-installation foregrounds new artistic territories where women have helped drive artistic discourse, especially in art today. In the last quarter of fy2018, we changed some of the galleries again to introduce new themes and rotated the art in the great hall. This allows the collection to become more dynamic, fresh, and interesting to our visitors-especially repeat visitors. We want everyone who visits here to say "there's always something great to see at nmwa!".


$2.5m annual program spend • More than 625 national and international cultural institutions from six continents and 36 countries participated in the third year of the National Museum of Women in the Arts' award-winning #5womenartists social media campaign. Nmwa's year-round mission is to address gender imbalance in the art world, but every march-women's history month-the museum has the opportunity to capture the attention of a wider audience to help celebrate women artists.the campaign asks cultural organizations and individual social media users the question "can you name five women artists?". It aims to help increase awareness of gender inequality in the art world. Using the hashtag #5womenartists, nmwa launched the campaign march 1 on its website and blog as well as on the social media platforms facebook, twitter and instagram. The museum invited cultural organizations and individuals to share information on social media about women artists throughout the month. This year, nmwa asked participants to place a special emphasis on sharing the stories of women artists of color who often face discrimination based on both race and gender. In addition to more than 625 cultural institutions, more than 9,000 individuals joined the campaign to promote women artists, garnering more than 4,000 instagram posts and more than 17,500 tweets. More than 90 individuals and cultural organizations created their own blog posts. This worldwide initiative welcomed participating organizations from brazil, estonia, hong kong, india, lebanon, nigeria and the united arab emirates, among others.nmwa shared information about women artists, including biographies, quotes and infographics tagged with #5womenartists, and asked other organizations to join them in highlighting work by women in their collections and exhibitions. Among the numerous participating institutions were the metropolitan museum of art; national gallery, london; national museum of african American history and culture; smithsonian latino center; institute of American indian arts; asian art museum; arab American national museum; gallerie uffizi; guggenheim bilbao; migration museum and museo frida kahlo.

Curatorial & Library

$1.8m annual program spend • At june 30, 2018, the museum's holdings aggregated 5,626 works by over 1,200 women artists from the sixteenth century to the present. These works consist principally of paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and books. During the year ending june 30, 2018, the museum added 134 works with an appraised value of approximately $4,076,245.00 to its holdings and no works were deaccessed. No material amount of the collection items were damaged, destroyed, or lost during the year. Library exhibitions: - making a living: women artists illustrating books, (march 26-july 27, 2018) - hard to define: artists' books from the collection (november 20, 2017-march 23, 2018) - inside the dinner party studio (september 17, 2017-january 5, 2018) - wonder women!. (july 17-november 17, 2017) - from the desk of simone de beauvoir (january 6-august 12, 2017)library events: - wikipedia edit-a-thon (march 17, 2018) - DC art book fair (november 5, 2017) - member's visit show and tell (august 3, 2017) - artist book show and tell for abc teachers institute (july 2017) - gallery talks for each of the exhibitionslibrary projects: - judy Chicago web portal - women getty artist name data project - women in art data project: - getty union list of artist names contributions - library of congress name authority file contributions - artist book cataloging project - rita kepner oral history project (in progress) - various betty digitization projects: - digitization and metadata of exhibition installation images and checklists - digitization and metadata of member magazines - digitization and metadata of event photos.

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The National Museum of Women in the Arts offers the following event spaces: the Great Hall and Mezzanine, Board Room, Third Floor Gallery, and Performance Hall.

Great Hall and Mezzanine:
The Great Hall and Mezzanine is an elegant event space that is ideal for dinner, dancing, or a large cocktail reception. Guests are greeted by a luxurious marble reception area and a ballroom adorned by three beautiful crystal chandeliers and works of art from NMWA’s collection. White marble staircases sweep upward to the spacious Mezzanine.

Board Room:
The exquisitely decorated Board Room, located on the Mezzanine, is a perfect space for private meetings or intimate functions.

Third Floor Gallery:
The Third Floor Gallery provides a wonderful way to start an evening with a private cocktail reception while surrounded by an extensive display of NMWA’s art collection. 

Performance Hall:
Located on the fifth floor, the Performance Hall is an ideal space for a lecture, symposium, or performance. NMWA’s Performance Hall is both comfortable and beautiful and can accommodate up to 200 guests.

To download floor plans, please select one of the floors below:

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(Please note that the floor level names are different because of Google’s terminology, the “First Floor” is actually the Great Hall and the “Second Floor” is the Mezzanine.)

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