Laurie Simmons, Woman Opening Refrigerator/Milk in the Middle, 1978; Cibachrome print, 3 1/2 x 5 in.; Art and photo courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York

The National Museum of Women in the Arts


The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) strives to combat gender inequality in the art world by exhibiting and promoting historical and contemporary artwork produced by women. Through world-class exhibitions, initiatives, and a large library of research, the museum provides a platform for women in the arts to receive the recognition and appreciation they well deserve.

Women House

Women House opened to the public on March 9 and ran through May 28, 2018. Organized in conjunction with the French institution La Monnaie de Paris – and curated by director of exhibitions and collections Camille Morineau – Women House explored six key themes in accordance with the museum’s mission: Bodyhouse, Body Configuration, Casting the Space, Desperate Housewife, Dollhouse, and Nomad. According to NMWA, “Women House” forms a sequel to the famous project Womanhouse, developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. The artists and their students at the California Institute of the Arts transformed a dilapidated Hollywood mansion with works that disrupted conventional ideas about the home as a feminine space. It attracted thousands of visitors and national media attention. A landmark exhibition in art history, Womanhouse was the first female-centered art installation to appear in the Western world.”

A Holistic Appreciation for Artistry

Since its founding in 1987, NMWA has remained a powerhouse for championing and showcasing the accomplishments of women in the arts. Located in Washington D.C., the museum illuminates a long history of female artists who have been traditionally underappreciated, and provides a spotlight for talented contemporary figures to exhibit their work. With a collection of more than 5,000 objects, 10 annual exhibitions, a massive library and research center, and educational initiatives, NMWA is vital institution representing the extraordinary achievements of female artists.

GRoW Support

2017 – Exhibition – “Womenhouse” (Opened 2018)

2015 – Exhibition – “Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015”

2010 – Exhibition – “French Women Artists, 1750-1850” (Opened 2012)

2004 – Operations – Art Restoration & Scholarship Support

To learn more, visit National Museum of Women in the Arts


A NMWA educator leads a discussion with schoolchildren in front of Chakaia Booker’s Acid Rain Photo by Emily Haight

Artist Amy Sherald discussing two of her works in NMWA’s collection as part of the Artist in Conversation series which brings contemporary artists to the museum for informal and intimate in-gallery experiences. Photo by Emily Haight

Attendees of a FRESH TALK discuss the program and enjoy a communal meal at a Sunday Supper in the museum's Great hall after the panel. Photo by Yassine El Mansouri

A NMWA educator leads a discussion with schoolchildren in front of Chakaia Booker’s Acid Rain Photo by Emily Haight

Artist Amy Sherald discussing two of her works in NMWA’s collection as part of the Artist in Conversation series which brings contemporary artists to the museum for informal and intimate in-gallery experiences. Photo by Emily Haight

Attendees of a FRESH TALK discuss the program and enjoy a communal meal at a Sunday Supper in the museum's Great hall after the panel. Photo by Yassine El Mansouri


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