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. Biennially-Curated Online 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

Barbara Satterfield

President

Conway

Mary Lynn Reese

Vice President

Rogers

MaryRoss Taylor

Secretary

Pine Bluff

Adrienne Hanna

Treasurer

Fort Smith

Jaquita Ball

Executive Committee

Bentonville

Elizabeth Cooley Paris

Executive Committee

Fort Smith

Anna Swaim

Executive Committee

Little Rock

Ann Ballard Bryan

Little Rock

Kellie Cobb

Fort Smith

Virmarie DePoyster

North Little Rock

Debra Jackson

Newport

Katie Maurras

Fort Smith

Jeanne Parham

Fayetteville

Sue Plattner-Smith

Fort Smith

Marilyn Rishkofski

Conway

Mihaela Savu

Jonesboro

Esther Silver-Parker

Rogers

Mary Harding Talbot

Gould

Sarah Shell Teague

El Dorado

Tela Arrington Webb

Bentonville

Marjorie Williams-Smith

Little Rock

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.