We hear about the gender gap all the time — in salary, in math and science fields, in leadership. But one of the most glaring and longstanding gaps is in the art world. For centuries, women artists were unrecognized, unencouraged, or even discredited simply because they were not men.
Today, things have changed … some. Still, only 5 percent of the art currently displayed in U.S. museums is by women. There remains just one major museum in the world dedicated solely to women artists. That’s why, working with the National Museum of Women in the Arts, we host an annual Art Contest to get women artists the equal attention they deserve.
The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of note cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring. And, for the second year in a row, one of the six winners will take home an NMWA Award of Distinction!
Dates to Know
|January 6–26||Submit your artwork. Members can submit up to two pieces.|
|February 3–28||Vote for up to six entries at a time. Return every seven days to vote multiple times.|
|Late March||We’ll announce the winners on this page!|
NMWA Award of Distinction
For the second consecutive year, NMWA Founder Wilhelmina Holladay and NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling will select an Award of Distinction recipient from the six winners of this year’s contest.
- Learn more about AAUW’s relationship with the NMWA.
- Read about last year’s NMWA Awardee of Distinction.
Art Contest Gallery
See all of this year’s entries in the AAUW Art Contest gallery. Entries will be updated each Friday of the entry period.
We’re in the sixth year of the annual AAUW Art Contest. View all of our past winners!
For more information on the AAUW Art Contest see the contest rules.