The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) was established in 1889 and is the oldest professional women's fine arts organization in the United States. NAWA's mission is to promote awareness of, and interest in, visual art created by women in the United States. As part of this effort NAWA holds an annual exhibition of works by members of the association and publishes an exhibition catalog to accompany or commemorate the annual exhibitions. These catalogs not only function as an exhibition catalog, but also as a document that summarizes the structure, membership, and activities of the association.
Information that can be found in these catalogs includes lists of officers, members of the executive board and committees, prize winners, lists of exhibitor and members, and images of some of the artwork exhibited. Catalogs from the 2000s also include information on NAWA events and activities beyond the annual exhibition.
Kate Van Riper
Archivist for Women Artists Collections