Women to watch

Developed in collaboration with NMWA’s national and international committees, the Women to Watch exhibition series increases the visibility of artists who are working in innovative ways within a variety of creative communities.  The exhibitions feature emerging and underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Each exhibition focuses on a specific medium or theme chosen by NMWA’s curators.

The Greater Kansas City Area Committee participated in the second installment (2010) which focused on figure painting; the third (2012) which highlighted contemporary textile-based art; and the fourth exhibition in the series, Organic Matters (2015), that illuminated the ways in which contemporary artists re-contextualize images of plants and animals to reflect upon themes of sexuality, gender politics, the abject, and the sublime.

The series is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and participating outreach committees. Members of each committee work with NMWA staff to locate a contemporary art curator in their region to identify artists who are working in the medium or theme designated for each exhibition. The curator then creates a shortlist of artists (maximum of 5 per Committee), and NMWA’s curators select from the shortlist the artists whose work will be featured in the exhibition at the museum.


Greater Kansas City Area Committee
of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
P.O. Box 22495 Kansas City, MO 64113

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