Wilhelmina Holladay cut the ribbon on the winning painting.

National Museum of Women in the Arts Founder Wilhelmina Holladay cuts the ribbon on the 2013 NMWA Award of Distinction painting.

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 third year in a row, one of the six winners will take home an NMWA Award of Distinction!

2015 Timeline

Submission Period January 7–28 Submit your artwork. Members can submit up to two pieces. Read the contest rules to learn more.
Nomination Period January 29–February 4 A nominating committee of AAUW members will select 50 pieces of artwork to be voted on. In addition to beautiful art, see what they will be looking for in the contest rules.
Voting Period February 5–25 Members vote for up to six entries at a time. Return every day to vote multiple times.
Winner Announcement Early March We’ll announce the six winners on this page!

NMWA Award of Distinction

National Museum of Women in the Arts Director Susan Fisher Sterling will select an Award of Distinction recipient from the six winners of this year’s contest.

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Past Winners

We’re in the seventh 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.