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!
Congratulations to our 2015 winners!
A panel of past art contest winners nominated 50 pieces, and AAUW members voted on the final candidates. We would especially like to thank the judges who dedicated their time and expertise in this year’s contest: Janice Arrowsmith (PA), Nann Blaine Hilyard (IL), Pat Messer (MI), Cheryl Thompson (CA), and Joye Shaffer (FL).
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The NMWA Award of Distinction
For the third consecutive year, the National Museum of Women in the Arts chose one of our winners for a special honor. Director Susan Fisher Sterling selected an Award of Distinction recipient from the six winners of the AAUW Art Contest.Check out all of our entries in the 2015 art contest gallery.
|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.
- Learn more about AAUW’s relationship with the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
- Read about the 2013 NMWA Awardee of Distinction.
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.