The Arkansas State Committee of NMWA

ACNMWA is a nonprofit statewide volunteer organization begun in 1989 to advocate for the new National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and women artists and arts professionals in our state. Advocacy for the museum began with endowing the Arkansas Gallery in the NMWA Elisabeth Kasser Wing and recently included a 25th anniversary gift of $25,000 to the museum. Advocacy for Arkansas women artists is organized into three ongoing programs: paid internships for educational development, paid scholarships to support new creative work, and juried art exhibits, including a biennial traveling exhibition that promotes inclusion of work by Arkansas women artists at the national museum.

Since 1995, ACNMWA has awarded Polly Wood Crews Scholarship grants to Arkansas women artists for the creation of new work. The ACNMWA Internship was established in 1999, awarding grants to Arkansas women students in higher education whose program of study is applicable to the advancement of fine arts or art history. Since 1991, ACNMWA has also sponsored art exhibitions, independently and through its affiliation with the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Arkansas, as well as, Washington, D.C. Go to Exhibits & Events, and Opportunities to learn more about the ways ACNMWA programming benefits Arkansas women artists.

Join ACNMWA to support and promote Arkansas women artists and the programs of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

2017 Board of Directors

  • Jaquita Ball,
  • Elizabeth Davis Bradley,
  • Terrye Brosh,
    Bella Vista
  • Ann Ballard Bryan,
    Little Rock
  • Laura Bryan Curtner,
    Little Rock
  • Debbie Evans,
  • Maribeth Frazer,
    Immediate Past President, Warren
  • Denise Garner,
  • Conley Lord Golden,
    Little Rock
  • Adrienne Hanna,
    Fort Smith
  • Cheslea Harper,
  • Tammy Harrington,
  • Sarah Meek Howe,
    Fort Smith
  • Cindy Jordan Isch,
  • Dolores Justus,
    Hot Springs
  • Shannon Dillard Mitchell,
    Secretary, Fayetteville
  • Margy Niel,
    El Dorado
  • Elizabeth Cooley Paris,
    Fort Smith
  • Lynn Parker,
    At-Large Member, Little Rock
  • Dabney Pelton,
    President, Pine Bluff
  • Elgenia Ross,
  • Kitty Rubenstein,
    Treasurer, Pine Bluff
  • Barbara Satterfield,
    Vice President, Conway
  • Claudia C. Shannon,
  • Mary Ross Taylor,
    Pine Bluff
  • Ann Turney,
  • Tela Arrington Webb,
    El Dorado

Past Presidents

  • Helen Walton 1989-1991
  • Dorine Deacon 1992-1993
  • Betty Faust 1994-1996
  • Linda J. Palmer 1997-1998
  • Joey Halinski 1999-2000
  • Linda Sue Sanders 2001-2002
  • Mary Lou Wommack 2003-2004
  • Cindy J. Davis 2005-2006
  • Ellon Cockrill 2007-2008
  • Mary Ellen Warner 2009-2010
  • Sheree Niece 2011-2012
  • Marta Jones 2013-2014
  • Mary Beth Frazer 2015-2016

Honorary Members

  • Susan Hutchinson,
    Little Rock
  • Molly Harsh Burns,
  • Mary Cooper,
    Fort Smith
  • Ginger Crews,
    Little Rock
  • Anita Anthony Davis,
    Little Rock
  • Tonya Ward Davis,
    San Antonio, TX
  • Dorine Deacon,
  • Nancy S. Farrell,
  • Joey Halinski,
    Vicksburg, MS
  • Betty Jo Hays,
  • Alice Honea,
  • Charlott Jones,
  • Marta Jones,
    Fort Smith
  • Maggie Malloy,
    Fort Smith
  • Kate Maurras,
    Fort Smith
  • Julia Peck Mobley,
  • Linda Williams Palmer,
    Hot Springs
  • Stephanie Qualls,
    Florence, AL
  • Bess Sanders,
    Hot Springs
  • Linda Sue Sanders,
    North Little Rock
  • Mary Ann Shula,
    Miami Beach, FL
  • Sharron Smith,
  • Brooke Tappan,
  • Deborah Tipton,
    Memphis, TN
  • Linda Udouj,
    Fort Smith
  • Mary Ellen Warner,
  • Sharon Wasson,
    Siloam Springs
  • Mary Lib White,
  • Katherine Wildy,
  • Pamela Yantis,
    Fort Smith

In Memoriam

  • Virginia Bailey 1925-2003 National Advisory Board
    Little Rock
  • Martha Murray 1923-2003 Founder
  • Polly Wood Crews 1929-2006 Arkansas Committee Board
    Fort Smith
  • Elisabeth Dunklin 1917-2007 Founder
    Pine Bluff
  • Judy Rinke 1944-2008 Founder
    Coal Hill
  • Helen Robson Walton
    Ark. Committee Founder – Bentonville
    President of Ark. Committee 1989-1991
    National Advisory Board
    Arkansas Gallery and Arkansas 50 1997
  • Patrice Fields
    Founder – Rogers
  • Mary Lou Wommack
    Arkansas Committee Board – Fayetteville
  • Elizabeth J.Pruet
    Founder – El Dorado
    National Advisory Board Member
  • Madalyn “Mimi” Dortch
    Founder – Scott
  • Kay Trumbo