The only major museum in the world dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions, by bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today. The collection holds 4,500 objects and the museum mounts 10 exhibitions of women artists each year.
Whether you go or not, A Museum of Their Own: National Museum of Women in the Arts tells the fascinating story of the birth and early years of the NMWA. It is a lively, anecdotal, behind-the-scenes, eyewitness glimpse into the efforts of dedicated individuals of vision who, under Wilhelmina "Billie" Cole Holladay's leadership, helped her expand the permanent collection, organize outstanding exhibitions, renovate the Museum, and fund a robust endowment. Illustrating the text are 130 color pictures, which include works from the collection and from exhibitions, as well as 40 archival photographs of landmark events that led to the Museum's impressive growth.
20 new and earlier works demonstrate a synthesis of emotional fragility and imposing scale
Invites inquiry into the temptation of retail and the allure of fine art
Mark-making techniques speak to women's mark on society