ACNMWA Exhibits and Events

Women to Watch Exhibit Opportunities

National Exhibit Inspires State Tours

The Women to Watch exhibit program was developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts to feature underrepresented and emerging women artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees or affiliates. NMWA curators select the theme.  Affiliates invite nationally approved local arts professionals to guest curate submissions to the national museum exhibit. ACNMWA guest curator Allison Glenn of Crystal Bridges Museum of American art selected work by Arkansas women artist Joli Livaudias (Little Rock) to represent the state in the national Women to Watch 2020: Paper Routes exhibit in Washington, DC. This exhibit marks the sixth iteration of the Women to Watch series. Glenn selected work by three additional Arkansas artists whose work will also be featured with two installations by Livaudais in the Arkansas Women to Watch 2021: Paper Routes state tour beginning January 2021: Kim Brewer (Little Rock), Linda Lopez (Fayetteville) and Suzannah Schreckhise (Fayetteville).

Biennial State Tour: Arkansas Women to Watch

The 2020 national Women to Watch theme explores the medium of paper, a ubiquitous medium that is made from a variety of materials.  Women to Watch 2020 will demonstrate that paper is not always the overlooked support for drawings, prints, and photographs, but instead a medium in and of itself. Works in the national exhibit will focus on the transformation of paper into complex works of art, and the artists represented by the national and international committees in Women to Watch will exemplify this variety of production. Arkansas artist Joli Livaudais will exhibit her installation All That I Love at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC beginning Friday, June 26, 2020. All That I Love consists of 1,200 origami paper beetles of varying sizes made of aluminum, pigment ink, resin, and kozo paper that will be installed floor to ceiling by the artist. The Arkansas Committee provides a travel stipend for the artist and the guest curator to attend the premiere of the exhibit on Thursday, June 25.

Samples of Paper Art Work by Contemporary Women Artists

2020 Women to Watch National Artist Joli Livaudais


Joli Livaudais received her BA and MS in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington before establishing herself as a freelance commercial photographer in Dallas, Texas. She received her MFA from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana in 2013, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her fine art photography explores both historical photographic processes and contemporary alternative methods, including gum bichromate printing, photo sculpture and installation. Her artwork has been featured in both solo and group shows nationwide, and she was featured as a historical process gum bichromate artist in Christina Anderson’s text on the process, Gum Printing: A Step-By-Step Manual, Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice, published in 2016. Learn more about Livaudais and her work at


Guest Curator Allison Glenn

Allison Glenn came to Crystal Bridges from Prospect New Orleans after having served as Director of the Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, where she co-directed and oversaw the careers of 16 emerging and early-career artists. As associate curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges, Glenn joined curator of visual arts Lauren Haynes and assistant curator of contemporary art Alejo Beneditti to select work for the State of the Art 2020 exhibit that will debut in Bentonville simultaneously at the museum and The Momentary, a new space for contemporary visual and performing arts, on February 22. The exhibit is free of charge and will be available for viewing through May 24, 2020.


Joli Livaudais, All That I Love,                           Joli Livaudais, All That I Love,
installation                                                         sample: inventory







Joli Livaudais, All That I Love,                               Joli Livaudais, All That I Love, detail
samples: origami beetles


Joli Livaudais, In the Garden, detail


Joli Livaudais, In the Garden, installation

The Arkansas Committee organizes a statewide tour of its curated submissions to the national Women to Watch exhibit to travel at the conclusion of the Washington DC show. Women to Watch guidelines change every two years with a unique thematic emphasis selected by NMWA’s curatorial staff.

Former national competitive themes include Heavy Metal-Women to Watch 2018,  Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015 (June 5–September 13, 2015, High Fiber—Women to Watch 2013 (November 2, 2012–January 6, 2013), Body of Work: New Perspectives on Figure Painting (July 2–September 12, 2010), and Photography: Women to Watch (March 14–June 15, 2008).

Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018 Exhibition Arkansas Committee Scholars Exhibit: January 13, 2017 – February 10, 2017 Arkansas Women to Watch 2016 Dawn Holder Featured in 2015 NMWA Exhibit Arkansas Champion Trees: 2014-2016 Tour & Outreach