MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS 2017-12-05T16:31:01+00:00

What are the benefits of NAWA membership and what separates us from other women’s art organizations?


  • NAWA is the first professional women’s art organization in the U.S. It was established in 1889 by five women (Anita C. Ashley, Adelle Frances Bedell, Elizabeth S. Cheever, Grace Fitz-Randolph and Edith Mitchill Prellwitz) because they could not exhibit their work in galleries, museums and salons
  • Women artists are juried into membership by their professional peers
  • NAWA members and their work are catalogued in the NAWA historic archive. The archive and image files are available to curators and scholars. The NAWA catalogs, exhibitions, programs, events, advertising, presentations, press releases and membership activities are also archived at: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and Rutgers University Library; Museum of Modern Art; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Smithsonian Institution Archive; Ryerson Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago; Frick Art Reference Library; New York Public Library; the Film and Fine Arts Library, Littauer Center, Harvard University; and the Library of Congress


  • Juried exhibitions at galleries, museums, art centers, libraries and cultural centers throughout U.S. and online
  • Discounts on entry fees for NAWA members on all “open” shows
  • NAWA Gallery, NYC, available at a discounted rate
  • Florida Chapter and Massachusetts Chapter membership for additional exhibition opportunities
  • Artwork accepted into the Annual Member’s exhibition (not juried for entry)
  • $10,000 yearly awards given out at numerous exhibitions and the biennial $5,000
    direct carving competition
  • Free yearly catalog, archived at major art and cultural institutions and libraries
  • Recognition and validation of your work
  • Presentations, educational programs and panel discussions available to members
  • Spring salon social and Annual luncheon
  • Individual CD artist registry; which will be archived and used by curators for exhibitions
  • Yearly online exhibition for all volunteers
  • Members’ images of artwork and website listings can be placed for free on the NAWA website
  • Members and events are promoted on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Artsy
  • Networking and socializing