The Latest from American Women Artists

Carrie Waller Abundance


American Women Artists offers opportunities, camaraderie and support for women artists. 

Associate Artist Members

Associate Artist Memberships are $60 per year and open to women artists, 18 years of age or older, living and working in the United States, Canada or Mexico. Women who draw, paint or sculpt in a representational style-either with a contemporary or traditional approach-are welcome and encouraged to apply for membership. As a benefit of membership, associate artists are eligible to apply for annual national juried competitions and online juried shows. They receive a free listing linked to their website on the AWA website. They also receive discounts on AWA workshops and other events.

Some mediums and genres are not accepted in our annual member shows and national juried exhibitions at fine art museums and galleries. Work can be representational or abstract; we cannot accept photography, craft, jewelry, fiber and textile art, collage, any sort of digitally derived work, reproduction of any kind into these exhibitions at this time.

However, acceptable mediums for membership and our online juried shows are a bit more open. We have several members who work in a wider variety of mediums, such as assemblage, batik, mosaic and printmaking; our online juried show prospectus lists a larger list of acceptable mediums for entry eligibility. If you wish to join AWA to be affiliated with this growing group of artists, your name, an image of your work, and website URL will be listed on our Associate membership directory, as a benefit of membership. We also have plans in the works for online shows that would showcase a wider variety of mediums, in the coming years. As AWA continues to evolve and grow, we will explore more inclusive and active acceptance of other mediums.

Our membership year runs from January 1-December 31, but artists are welcome to join at any time during the year. Please note however, that AWA doesn’t prorate dues for mid-year memberships. Annual renewal invoices are emailed to members in November and can be paid electronically by credit card or Pay Pal, or a check can be mailed to: P.O. Box 755, Lodi, CA. 95241. For questions, email us at

To become an Associate Member, Click HERE.

Associate with Distinction

Associate with Distinction is for Associate Members who have been juried into at least one of our two AWA juried shows – Spring Online Juried Show or our National Juried Competition. Dues are $75.00/year. This membership level celebrates the achievement of our juried Associates. Annual renewal invoices are emailed to members in November and can be paid electronically by credit card or Pay Pal, or a check can be mailed to: P.O. Box 755, Lodi, CA. 95241. For questions, email us at

Signature Members

Associate with Distinction artists are eligible for Signature membership after they have been juried into at least three AWA National Juried Competition Exhibitions. These include the Spring Online Juried Exhibitions (from 2017 forward) as well as the National Juried Museum Exhibitions. The Instagram Pop Up Shows do not count toward Signature eligibility. Signature members are eligible to use the initials AWA after their signature and are routinely featured in AWA newsletters and social media. Dues per year at the Signature level are $150. Annual renewal invoices are emailed to members in November and can be paid electronically by credit card or Pay Pal, or a check can be mailed to: P.O. Box 755, Lodi, CA. 95241. For questions, email us at

Master Signature Members

Master Signature membership is by invitation only. The exemplary work of a Master Signature Member can be seen in museum exhibitions, nationally recognized galleries, publications and collections across the country. Women under consideration for Master Signature membership may be invited to show with AWA at the Annual Member Show as guest artists, if they are not already Signature members. Master Signature members receive all of the benefits enjoyed by Signature Members. Dues per year at the Master Signature level are $300. Annual renewal invoices are emailed to members in November and can be paid electronically by credit card or Pay Pal, or a check can be mailed to: P.O. Box 755, Lodi, CA. 95241. For questions, email us at

Patron Members

American Women Artists is a non-profit organization and deeply grateful for the support of those who love and appreciate fine art. Patron level support is open to all who wish to make a contribution to support our mission to inspire, celebrate and encourage women in the visual fine arts. Click on our Donate page to join.

AWA offers four levels of Patron membership: Friend, Silver, Gold or Platinum
Join us as a Friend by donating between $60 to $399 and receive our monthly newsletter, invitations to exclusive artist events and our annual opening receptions. Or consider joining at one of our Circle level memberships: Silver, Gold or Platinum and make a significant impact on AWA’s legacy as we move forward to creating greater parity in the art world. 
Patron level membership categories, dues, and benefits of membership

Gallery Members

AWA invites fine art galleries across the country to partner with us as Gallery Members to help support our vision of having women visual artists achieve parity in today’s art world. As a benefit of membership, Gallery Members are listed on a special acknowledgement page on the AWA website with their logo linked to their website, receive our monthly newsletter and invitations to exclusive artist events. Gallery Members also receive recognition through AWA’s blog, social media and other publicity. Gallery Membership is $250 per year – click on our Donate page to join.

General Membership

Members maintain their membership status in AWA by keeping current with their dues. Sometimes, however, life gets in the way of art and a member might need to take a Leave of Absence.  With Board approval, AWA allows one Leave of Absence without a member losing their level of membership. By “level of membership” we mean designations like “Signature” or “Master Signature” member. If the member is on a Leave of Absence, she may not participate in any AWA shows or exhibitions during her leave year. She will continue to appear in the membership directory on the AWA website during her leave year. Members must contact AWA ( and let us know about the leave, by January 30th of the year the leave will be taken.

If there are extenuating circumstances, like serious health issues, for example, the member can petition the Board of Directors to extend the leave of absence without impacting her level of membership. All decisions by the Board are final. Unless the Board approves an additional extension beyond one year, members lose their membership status. Lapsed members are welcome to rejoin at the Associate or Associate with Distinction membership level, depending on her exhibition history with AWA.

The Board reserves the right to remove a member for unprofessional conduct.

The Tucson Museum of Art initiated the first American Women Artists exhibit in 1990, following in the annual tradition of the Prima Vera, a city wide celebration of women in the arts. In the subsequent years, AWA has reached audiences from California to Maryland to Italy and back. Now in their third decade, the acclaimed American Women Artists celebrate their commitment to art with works of high quality, original viewpoints, and enduring inspirations. Museums interested in significant 21st-century American art, how recurring themes crisscross in the lives of painters and sculptors, or the specific viewpoint of women, need look no further than an exhibition of the American Women Artists.
Robert Knight
Chief Executive Officer
Tucson Museum of Art