Women to Watch is an exhibition series held every two to three years designed to increase the visibility of female artists who deserve greater international recognition and an opportunity to exhibit in a major museum in the United States.
Women to Watch is developed specifically for NMWA’s national and international outreach committees. Every two to three years, the National Museum of Women in the Arts hosts an exhibition featuring emerging and underrepresented women artists. Each exhibition focuses on a specific medium chosen by the museum's curators. The committees consult with contemporary art curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists. NMWA’s curatorial team then selects the artists and their works for inclusion in the exhibition.
NMWA currently has 18 outreach committees with more than 2,000 dedicated members throughout the United States and around the world and continues to expand its network. The museum’s committees play a critical role in bringing NMWA’s mission to regional audiences. The committees work with local museum directors and curators, education experts and business leaders to capitalize on their region’s artistic, financial, and educational strengths and resources in order to develop meaningful programming and build a bridge between their communities and the museum.