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  • Celebrate
    Our goal as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization is to broaden recognition and open more doors for women artists through yearly juried competitions, member shows, museum exhibits and educational opportunities.


    Though the Winds are Still, oil by AWA Master Signature Bethanne Kinsella Cople
  • Inspire
    Our membership is open to women artists from the United States, Canada & Mexico, supporting representational artists working in the disciplines of drawing, painting and sculpture.


    Bare Limb Trees, oil pastel by AWA Signature Mary Dennis
  • Encourage
    We raise awareness about our mission and member artists through year-round social and print media marketing.


    Seeds of Harmony, bronze vessel by AWA Signature Carol Alleman
  • AWA
    All the activities planned and presented by AWA are the mission in action: the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of women in the visual fine arts.


    Meet Me Under the Sky, oil by AWA Master Signature Nancy Boren

American Women Artists

American Women Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of women in the visual fine arts.

Latest Events

New & Noteworthy

  • Congratulations to our Award Winners for AWA's Annual Member Show & National Juried Exhibition

    Check out our amazing winners at AWA's Annual Member Show & National Juried Exhibition at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont.

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  • AWA's Opening Reception Tomorrow!

    AWA's Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be celebrated on Friday, September 23, 5 - 8pm, at the Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont.

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  • Preview all the Work in AWA's 2016 Annual Members Show & National Juried Exhibition

    Preview the 2016 Show! Gallery slideshows of AWA's Annual Master & Signature Members Show & National Juried Exhibition are available to view on our Gallery page.

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  • Four AWA Museum Exhibitions Scheduled through 2019
    We're excited to announce that we have already scheduled FOUR MUSEUM SHOWS for coast-to-coast exhibitions between now and 2019.

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  • 2016 Symposium on Women in the Arts Highlights American Women Artists’ Mission to Educate and Encourage

    2016 Symposium Program: Saturday, September 24, 9am-1pm presented during our Annual Member Show and National Juried Exhibition, hosted this autumn at Vermont’s Bennington Center for the Arts. 

    The event is open and free to the public and will be held on Saturday, September 24, 9am- 1pm.

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Who We Are &
What We Do

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, festivals, 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 inaugral exhibit in 1990 at the Tucson Museum of Art and incorporated as a 501c3 in the state of New Mexico in 1998.

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