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Women to Watch 2024: "New Worlds"

Left to Right: Nominating Curator Lisa Tung, Artistic and Executive Director of MAAM; Woomin Kim; Candice Smith Corby; Ceci Méndez-Ortiz; Chandra Méndez-Ortiz; Gallery Kayafas Owner Arlette Kayafas; Daniela Rivera.

When women artists envision a different world, how does that look?

The National Museum of Women in the Arts invites a close exploration of this
question in New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024, the seventh installment of the museum’s  exhibition series. It will be the first Women to Watch to be presented in NMWA’s newly renovated exhibition space on the second floor of the museum, scheduled for April 14, 2024.

View the national New Worlds exhibition

With thanks to Nominating Curator Lisa Tung, Executive Director of the MassArt Art Museum, the Massachusetts State Committee proudly introduces its Women to Watch 2024:

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Your MA-NMWA membership and tax-deductible contributions make it possible to highlight and champion women artists and art. For information about opportunities to get involved, contact MA-NMWA.

NMWA selects Daniela Rivera to represent Massachusetts in New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024

Rivera, a Santiago, Chile native, moved to Boston in 2002 and enrolled in the MFA program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2003. She says, I have been working nonstop since, and after my first Public Art project, a project that allowed me to connect with people in ways that I never thought were possible, I am now calling Boston my home.”

Commenting on what drives her art, Rivera notes, "I work from the experience of displacement and from my reality of cultural hybridism. If trauma and loss were at the center of my practice before, today I am empowered by understanding what I can share from my experience of displacement and my culturally hybrid identity.

About the work selected for the NMWA exhibit (below), she writes:

"In 2014 I began researching copper mining in Chile, my home country, and one of the world's largest producers of copper. I conducted interviews with former residents of Chuquicamata, a small, thriving town located adjacent to a massive open pit copper mine in the Andes Mountains, in the middle of the Atacama Desert, where stay-at-home mothers were excluded from the social protections provided by the national mining company that employed their husbands... I wanted to imbue this work with materials of Chuquicamata. Each piece contains stains, drips, and painting with copper residues and drawings with copperpoint tools.”

Learn more about Daniela Rivera

New Worlds: Women to Watch Selected by Lonely Planet as a Top 10 US Exhibition to Visit in 2024

"As the only museum in the country dedicated to the work of female artists, NMWA has a network of committees across the world keeping tabs on new talent, so you can count on it for an exhibition that brims with creativity, ideas and buzz.

This year's roster features more than two dozen artists, from Italy to Arkansas to Chile.

Visit this show and you can brag that you saw their work before just about anyone else."

Read the Lonely Planet Article

About Women to Watch

Women to Watch is an exhibition program designed to increase the visibility of, and critical response to, promising women artists who are deserving of national and international attention.

Women to Watch is developed specifically for the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ national and international outreach committees. Every two to three years, the National Museum of Women in the Arts hosts an exhibition featuring under-represented and emerging women artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Each exhibition focuses on a specific medium or theme chosen by the museum’s curators.

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

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