ACNMWA’s Juried Artist Registry features 40 Arkansas women artists

The Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (ACNMWA) is exhibiting the work of 40 Arkansas women artists in the online 2023-2025 Juried Artist Registry. Juror Matthew Bailey, Ph.D., Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art and Design, University of Arkansas Fort Smith, selected the artists for inclusion in this biennial registry. The call for applications ran from June to August and was open to women artists who reside in or are from Arkansas.

According to Bailey, “Jurying this group of artists was an honor and a challenge. All demonstrate the tremendous skill and creativity among self-identifying female artists in Arkansas, whether by artists with established records of creativity or emerging artists with exciting promise. Those selected represent a variety of backgrounds, from the self-taught to the professional. They also work with diverse media and explore a range of experiences, from nature and everyday life to history, memory, culture and identity. And each, in powerful, inspiring and productive ways, expands concepts about the world around us, signaling the importance and promise of art and culture in Arkansas.”

The Registry includes the following artists: 

  • Katie Adkins, Little Rock
  • Shirley Anderson, Hot Springs Village
  • Brit Borcher, Fayetteville
  • Beverly Buys, Hot Springs
  • Barbara Cade, Hot Springs 
  • Heidi Carlsen-Rogers, Bella Vista
  • Susan Chambers, Little Rock
  • Terese Conway, Rogers
  • Melissa Cowper-Smith, Morrillton
  • Carly Dahl, Batesville
  • Tessa Davidson, Searcy
  • Jenny Dowd, Prairie Grove
  • Shelby Fleming, Fayetteville
  • Kristen Franyutti, Jonesboro
  • Louise Halsey, Ozark
  • Katie Harper, Fort Smith
  • Tammy Harrington, Russellville
  • Rene Hein, Little Rock
  • Karlyn Holloway, Austin
  • Dolores Justus, Hot Springs Village
  • Suzanne King, Fort Smith
  • Lisa Krannichfeld, Little Rock
  • Kellie Lehr, Bentonville
  • Stephanie Lewis, Bella Vista
  • Robin Miller-Bookhout, Hot Springs
  • Jessica Mongeon, Russellville
  • Mandy Mooneyham, Paragould
  • Laura Raborn, Little Rock
  • Shakeelah Rahmaan, Little Rock
  • Jennifer Rospert, Little Rock
  • Sabine Schmidt, Fayetteville
  • Amy Scoggins, Fort Smith
  • Dominique Simmons, Little Rock
  • Bethany Springer, Fayetteville
  • Katherine Strause, Little Rock
  • Lisa Thorpe, Little Rock
  • Lynnette Watts, Hermann, Missouri
  • Elizabeth Weber, Little Rock
  • Brande Wilkerson, Beebe
  • Emily Wood, Little Rock

“The Juried Artist Registry shines a light on the remarkable talents of women artists in the state," said MaryRoss Taylor, ACNMWA president. "Through presenting a biennial exhibition online, we hope to foster greater appreciation for the achievements of Arkansas women artists.”


Founded in 1989, ACNMWA is a nonprofit volunteer organization that highlights the accomplishments of Arkansas women artists and shares the groundbreaking work of the National Museum of Women in the Artis (NMWA) in Washington, D.C., with a statewide audience. For more information, visit our website. For more information on NMWA, visit