About Us

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 promote women artists and arts professionals in Arkansas. As an affiliate of NMWA, advocacy for the museum began with endowing the Arkansas Gallery in the national museum’s Elisabeth A. Kasser Wing. It continues with annual national membership dues contributions by ACNMWA board members, and recently featured a 25th anniversary gift of $25,000 to the museum that supported the museum’s exhibit of historic quilts titled Work by Hand: Hidden Labor.

ACNMWA advocates for the national museum and supports and promotes the creative work of Arkansas women artists. The Board of Directors continues the legacy of founder Helen Walton by donating time, talent and treasure to encourage awareness about and professional development for women artists.

Advocacy for Arkansas women artists is
accomplished through four ongoing programs:

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1. Artist Award

The Artist Award grant provides for artist expenses related to professional development or pursuit of new creative work: workshop training, research, travel, and/or essential equipment or supplies.

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3. College Internship

The College Internship provides a stipend for an Arkansas woman student attending an Arkansas university or college to complete a summer collaborative project with a mentor in an Arkansas museum, gallery or arts institution.

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2. Biennial Juried Artist Registry

The Artist Registry features work by Arkansas women artists selected by an Arkansas arts professional serving as guest curator. Artists’ images, artist statements and website links are featured online for a two-year period.

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4. Women to Watch Exhibits

The international Women to Watch juried exhibition in Washington DC affords an Arkansas woman artist national visibility, press and curatorial connections. An Arkansas arts professional guest curates Arkansas submission(s) to national and a state Women to Watch tour of all nominees that travels the year after the national exhibition.

Board of Directors

MaryRoss Taylor

President

Pine Bluff

Jaquita Ball

Vice President

Bentonville

Marilyn Rishkofski

Secretary

Conway

Mary Lynn Reese

Treasurer

Rogers

Jeanne Parham

Executive Committee

Fayetteville

Elizabeth Cooley Paris

Executive Committee

Fort Smith

Marjorie Williams-Smith

Executive Committee

Little Rock

Terrye Brosh

Bella Vista

Kellie Cobb

Fort Smith

Virmarie DePoyster

North Little Rock

Adrienne Hanna

Fort Smith

Garbo Hearne

Little Rock

Debra Jackson

Newport

Kate Maurras

Fort Smith

Marilyn Rishkofski

Conway

Sue Plattner Smith

Fort Smith

Mihaela Savu, M.D.

Jonesboro

Anna Landers Swaim

Little Rock

Mary Harding Talbot

Gould

Sarah Shell Teague

El Dorado

Tela Arrington Webb

El Dorado

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Founded to redefine traditional histories of art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. Learn more on the national site through the button below.