American Women Artists
Lifetime, Signature & Master Members Show & Sale 2019
American Women Artists is dedicated to the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of women in the visual fine Arts.
Since its inception, American Women Artists has worked diligently to bring women artists to the attention of the art world through museum shows, juried competitions in leading galleries around the country, symposiums, workshops and an international exchange. Our goal is to increase the number of professional opportunities for women in the visual fine arts by creating the kinds of opportunities that lead to greater inclusion.
American Women Artists serves members throughout the United States along with a growing contingent of artists from Canada. AWA is an independent, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that celebrated its inaugural exhibit in 1990 at the Tucson Museum of Art and incorporated as a 501c3 in the state of New Mexico in 1998.
AWA's inaugural exhibit was in 1990 at the Tucson Museum of Art, and continues through today with annual shows held in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad. The annual exhibition schedule is punctuated with keynote events like the Women's Festival of the Arts held for two consecutive years in Santa Fe, the cultural-exchange exhibition in Italy in the year 2000, and workshops taught by Master and Signature members at such prestigious art schools as the Scottsdale Artists School.
AWA's first juried competition was held in 1997-1998, awards of sponsored workshops, art materials and supplies and cash were presented to 15 artists in encouragement of their art careers. The tradition of holding an annual National Juried Competition, with the finalists exhibiting alongside Master and Signature members in AWA's Annual Member show, is now a long-standing one, speaking to AWA's dedicated mission to create professional opportunities to women artists in museums and galleries across the country.