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The Committee creates, supports, and actively participates in programs to advance women in the arts and arts education.

Women to Watch

A biennial exhibition program developed specifically for the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ national and international outreach committees, designed to increase the visibility of, and critical response to, promising women artists who are deserving of national and international attention.

An outstanding Massachusetts curator, approved by NMWA, nominates a short list of artists working within the chosen medium. NMWA’s curator selects a single artist from these nominees for the Women to Watch exhibition in Washington.
 

The Massachusetts Committee was represented by artist Daniela Rivera and nominating curator Lisa Tung at the April 2024 opening of the New Worlds exhibit in Washington, DC.


Learn more about Women to Watch

Artward Bound

MA-NMWA partners with Artward Bound, the nation's first four-year, arts-centric college prep program, to offer high school students unique programs inspired by local events.

In August 2022 a class of freshmen, sophomores and juniors participated in a workshop on Surrealism concepts and techniques inspired by the then-forthcoming "New Worlds" Women to Watch exhibit at Gallery Kayafas (October 2022). Imagined and led by visual artist, educator and Committee member Silvina Ibanez, the workshop afforded students the opportunity to create a "new world" as a community, and later to visit the exhibit together.

This program was made possible with support from Boston Cultural Council and Reopen Creative Boston grants.

10/30 Campaign

To mark its 10th anniversary in 2016, and the 30th anniversary of National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in 2017, MA-NMWA acquired an artwork to be given to the museum's permanent collection.

Curators at NMWA selected Ambreen Butt, a past Massachusetts Women to Watch artist. Ambreen’s unique artistic practice, and her multicultural and politically aware point of view, makes her painting “The Great Hunt 1” a significant addition to the permanent collection of the National Museum.

Stay tuned for information about the planned 20/40 Campaign--coming soon!

Ambreen Butt's "The Great Hunt 1 (from the series "Dirty Pretty"), Lee Stalsworth/Ambreen Butt, Gift of Massachusetts State Committee  of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Learn more about "The Great Hunt 1" and Ambreen Butt

Sponsored Tickets

MA-NMWA provides tickets for students based in Massachusetts to attend selected MA-NMWA events free of charge with member registration.

Partnerships and Collaborations

The Massachusetts Committee has sought out alliances with other cultural entities that work with us to support and promote the work of women artists. The list below includes many of these alliances.

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery*
Addison Gallery of American Art*
Krakow Witkin Gallery*
City of Boston Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Boston Ballet*
Boston College McMullen Museum of Art*
Boston Cultural Council
Boston Society of Architects, Women in Design*
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Cape Ann Museum*
Cape Cod Museum of Art*
Childs Gallery*
Concord Museum*
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Art Collection*
Danforth Art Museum*
Davis Museum at Wellesley College*
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum*
DeDee Shattuck Gallery*
Fitchburg Art Museum*
Friends of the Public Garden*
Fruitlands Museum*
Fuller Craft Museum*
Gallery Kayafas*
Griffin Museum of Photography
Harvard Art Museums*
Harvard Business School
Huntington Theatre Company*
ICA Watershed*
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston*
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum*
Mass Cultural Council
MassArt Art Museum*
Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt*
MIT Media Lab*
MIT Museum*
Montserrat College of Art*
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston*
National Heritage Museum*
New Bedford Art Museum*
New England Watercolor Society*
Nichols House Museum*
North Bennet Street School*
Northeastern University*
Now + There*
Orchard House*
Peabody Essex Museum*
Praise Shadows Art Gallery*
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University*
Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy*
Schlesinger Library, Harvard Radcliffe Institute*
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University*
Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons University*
Skinner, Inc.*
Smith College Art Museum*
Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities*
Society of Arts + Crafts Boston*
Tufts University Art Gallery*
Vose Galleries*
Worcester Museum of Art*


*Indicates a venue where MA-NMWA has held events

Of Special Interest

LaToya M. Hobbs: It's Time
March 1 -- July 21, 2024
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

The inaugural presentation of Carving Out Time, a life-size suite of woodcuts depicting one day in the life of the artist as she brokers the negotiations required to balance her manifold responsibilities: wife, mother, educator and artist. This is the largest expression of Hobbs's Salt of the Earth project, which she characterizes as "the personification of Black women as salt in relation to their role as preservers of family, culture and community."

Nancy Elizabeth Prophet: I Will Not Bend an Inch
February 17 -- August 4, 2024
RISD Museum, Providence, RI

Nancy Elizabeth Prophet was Rhode Island School of Design's first documented graduate of color, completing her degree in 1918 and co-founding the Spelman College art program in 1934.
Her sculptures are widely appreciated for their depth of presence, uniquely straddling European classical traditions, modernist influences, and her own experiences as an Afro-Indigenous woman. 

Firelei Báez
April 4 -- September 2, 2024
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

Báez's paintings, drawings and installations explore the multilayered legacy of colonial histories and the African diaspora in the Caribbean and beyond.

Kathia St. Hilaire: Invisible Empires

May 11 -- September 22, 2024
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

By building up as many as 40 or 50 layers of ink using carved linoleum blocks, St. Hilaire creates striking surface textures. The substance of her work is equally layered: the artist, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Haiti, tells stories of the island nation’s history and the long shadows it casts, from French colonialism to independence, from U.S. occupation to the diasporic communities in which she was raised. The exhibition’s subtitle, Invisible Empires, refers to the legacy of foreign interventions in the Caribbean and the persistence of subtler forms of imperialism today.

Susan Philipsz: If I With You Would Go
June 19, 2021 -- June 29, 2025
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA

Philipsz uses sound, song, and site to heighten awareness of space, emotion, and memory as she signs eight different versions of the traditional ballad "James Harris," also called "The Daemon Lover." Her choice of song, that of a young woman lured away to sea, might be understood as a mythical and cautionary echo of the mercantile and maritime history embodied in PEM's historic East India Marine Hall.

Disrupt the View: Arlene Shechetz
July 1, 2022 – July 6, 2025

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

By presenting her recent work alongside historical German, Japanese, and Chinese examples, sculptor Arlene Shechet encourages us to look anew at works of porcelain and other objects from the Harvard Art Museums. She draws on her past collaborations with porcelain manufactory workers to speak to a larger history, recontextualizing these remarkable objects as both handmade and industrially manufactured, painterly and sculptural. Among other objects, Shechet has created an unparalleled installation that includes two constellations of tableware that emphasize the unique material qualities of plates as sculptural design. Visible from the exterior of the museums, these arrangements, like the painted decoration on the individual plates, invite the outside in and—literally and metaphorically.

New at NMWA

New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024
Apr 14, 2024 -- Aug 11, 2024

During the past few years, our world has been transformed by a global pandemic, advocacy for social reform, and political division. How have these extraordinary times inspired artists? Works by the 28 artists featured in New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024 explore these ideas from perspectives that shift across geographies, cultural viewpoints, and time.

Hung Liu: Making History
Oct 21, 2023 -- Oct 20, 2024

"Weeping" paintings and prints by Hung Liu (1948–2021) feature signature paint drips, layers of color, and cultural symbols that pay homage to overlooked figures in history, predominantly vulnerable women and children from the artist's native China.

Drawing inspiration from a collection of vintage photographs, Liu portrays migrant laborers, sex workers, female soldiers, and refugees with dignity, endurance, strength, and courage.

In Focus: Artists at Work
Oct 21, 2023 -- Mar 30, 2025

Short documentary-style videos provide a close look into the practices and perspectives of eight contemporary collection artists: Ambreen Butt, Sonya Clark, Colette Fu, the Guerrilla Girls, Graciela Iturbide, Delita Martin, Rania Matar, and Alison Saar.

The installation's intimate and immersive design sparks curiosity, inspires advocacy, and encourages slow looking during visitors' exploration of the museum.


View the full calendar of NMWA programs 


Farther Afield

Now You See Us:
Women Artists in Britain 1520–1920

Until October 31, 2024
Tate Britain, London, UK

Spanning 400 years, this exhibition follows women on their journeys to becoming professional artists.  Including over 150 works, the show dismantles stereotypes surrounding women artists in history, who were often thought of as amateurs.  The exhibition sheds light on how these artists championed equal access to art training and academy membership, breaking boundaries and overcoming many obstacles to establish what it meant to be a woman in the art world.



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