Press for Terrains of the Body: Photography from NMWA @ Whitechapel Gallery:

RA Magazine online, pick of the week listing, January 13 2017: 

Another Magazine (online), review, January 18 2017 

The Daily Telegraph, review, Alastair Sooke (January 19 2017)

Independent i, review, (January 19 2017),  

Evening Standard, review, Ben Luke (January 20 2017) 

The Arts Desk, review, (January 23 2017)

Time Out, review, (January 24 2017) 

Wallpaper*, picture gallery, (January 24 2017):

BBC News (online), picture gallery, (January 25 2017) 

Terrains exhibition will be Defiant riposte to Trump in Art Newspaper (15 Nov 2016)

All about shipping.



BBC highlighting Six Iconic Women of the Arts in Italy (31 July 2016)


Ten Women Artists Who Made History in Artspace (31 July 2016)


Highlighting women abstract expressionists in Artsy (July 2016)

Women dominate the Turner Prize shortlist in ArtNet(12 May 2016) with Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, and Josephine Pryde nominated along with Michael Dean.

Is portrait painting easy?  The history of the debate around Vigee Le Brun’s painting skill delightfully discussed on the NYT: T Magazing (18 March 2016)

Are all women shows good or bad for art? — in the NYT (16 March 2016)

Congrats to Phyllida Barlow: Britain’s next representative at the Venice Biennale (on British Council website) 4 March 2016.

NMWA’s hastag for women artists makes headlines:  in ARTNET (18 Feb 2016)

NMWA’s upcoming FRESH TALK discussing strategies for advancing women’s innovations in technology on 2 March 2, 2016 at 7pm. Artist, scientist, and inventor Natalie Jeremijenko, director of the Environmental Health Clinic at NYU will  be joined by Jean Case, philanthropist, investor, and pioneer in the world of interactive technologies, and Megan Smith, the United States Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  Register:


Are all-female shows necessary or evil? — debated in Women in the Frame by Rachel Spence in the FT (23 January 2016)


Veteran curator at Tate Modern will become the first woman and the first British director. “Frances Morris to become new Tate Modern chief”  by Mark Brown in The Guardian, 15 January 2016.

“Women Rule the Roost in Tate’s Modern Approach” Anthony d’Offay makes sizable donation to Artists Rooms, article by David Sanderson in The Times, 15 January 2016


Valeria Napoleone creates a new initiative to get more women artists into museums (in Apollo Magazine: July 2015).


NMWA cited in article asking “Is all-female exhibition really a step in the right direction?” by Cait Munro in ArtNetNews (January 2016).

Why Have There Been No Great Women Bad-Boy Artists? There Have Been, of Course. But the Art World Has Refused to Recognize Them.  Jerry Saltz in Vulture, 29 September 2015

Tate Modern finally gives long-ignored women their due in Pop Art in Artsy 17 September 2015.

Uproar as a promised Women’s Museum in London opens as a Jack the Ripper exhibit instead in The Independent 4 August 2015.

After 30 years, Guerrilla Girls still rattling Art World cages in The New York Times, 5 August 2015.

The NYTimes writes about a small sampling of women artists in their 80s and 90s we should have known about decades agoWorks in Progress : 15 May 2015.


While we have no idea how Fatoş Üstek of fig-2 could be missed, an interesting article on 25 Women Curators Shaking Things Up in Art News March 2015.

Polly Morgan talks about her work and upcoming Women to Watch Exhibition at NMWA in DC in The Times 7 March 2015.

Women leading contemporary art in the non-Western world in New York Times‘ article “Where Art is a Woman’s World” 13 March 2015

Artists couples examined in Who’d Marry an Artist: the Women Painted Out of the Picture in the Guardian Feb 2014

Geena Davis on unconscious gender bias in media The reel world is worse than the real world.  In McKinsey Quarterly Feb 2015.

Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 included as an “art exhibition you’ll be talking about” in 2015 in Huffington Post (Jan 15).

The 2015 Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom will be awarded to the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom was created to mark the 100th anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s birth by honoring women, men and associations who, in the spirit of Simone de Beauvoir, fight to defend women’s rights wherever they are comprised.

Collector of self-portraits and arts patron, Ruth Borchard, featured in PCF, Dec 2014.

Hannah Rothschild named Chair of Board of Trustees at the National Gallery – the first woman to hold that post (in Art Daily 11 December 2014)

Museum of London acquires 2500 works by photographer Christina Broom:  exhibition in June (in Guardian 10 Dec 2014)

Siri Hustvedt summarises the issues that NMWA stands for wonderfully in “The F-Word in Art” in the New York Times 6 December 2014.

Sarah Lucas to represent Britain in the next Venice Biennale (in ArtDaily 4 December 2014)

Georgia O’Keeffe painting sets record for highest price paid for female artist (as on BBC News 21 Nov 14).

The top 14 female art dealers in December 14 Vanity Fair.

Congratulations to Rose Wylie (UK Women to Watch nominee 2010) on winning the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize (BBC 19 September 2014)!  The boost given to her by Women to Watch is also mentioned in the Telegraph (21 Sept 14).”Four years ago, at the age of 76, Ms Wylie was chosen to represent Britain in the Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington DC – for a show exhibiting “up-and-coming artists”. The event, along with a number of other key shows and an interview with Germaine Greer, raised her profile and suddenly she found demand for her paintings. ”

The Imperial War Museum writes about Women Photographers of WWI

In an article on “7 Top Female Collectors” Marilyn Minter says, “It is time for female collectors to lean in.” (Huffington Post, 24 Sept 2014)

Is the Art world biased?  ArtNet reports what professionals say. (16 Sept 2014)

Saluting underappreciated female video game pioneers in (The New York Times 19 Aug 14)

The Garrett women 140814b Cassone — doctors and architectural decorators in the Victorian era as on Cassone (Aug 2014)

At Tate, women artists come to the fore next year with shows devoted to Sonia Delaunay, Agnes Martin, Barbara Hepworth and Marlene Dumas as reported in Art Newspaper (31 July 2014)

Sarah Elson discusses her collecting style in Artsy (August 2014)

Stephanie Rosenthal, Hayward’s Chief Curator (and UK Friends supporter), is named Artistic Director of Sydney’s 2016 Biennial. Congrats!

Women artists begin to narrow the gender gap in auction prices achieved.  Bloomberg reports – 24/7/14

Cooper of Royal Academy calls for gender quotas — in ArtNet News – 8 July 2014

Women on the frontline: female photojournalists’ visions of conflict in The Guardian, 5/24/2014. The National Geographic Society has chosen to celebrate its 125th anniversary year by showing the work of 11 female photographers in an exhibition entitled Women of Vision.

Bringing an Artist to Light Art Works Blog, National Endowment for the Arts, 5/7/2014  Tucked away above the main gallery halls, the library at NMWA is filled with its own variety of treasures: rare books, research texts, and yes, even artwork.

Women artists painted over by History Rachel Campbell-Johnson in the Times 14 May 2014

Mrs. Holladay, founder of NMWA, now focused on the Museum’s legacy as profiled in the Washington Post. April 2014

Susan Fisher Sterling mentions the great work of UK Friends of NMWA when contributing to this article on “Impact of Women in the Arts Grows” in The Times April 2014. Click here for the article:The Times – UK Friends/Sterling

Who are the most influential European women in the art world? A list including many London based friends of ours  ArtNet explores (May 2014)

Who are the top 10 most expensive living female artists? ArtNet explores (May 2014)

From Birds-Eye View:  click to watch: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.  From the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. A vital and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.

25 Art World Women at the Top as in ArtNet News April 2014

Women Artists who Broke the Mold by Janice Sands in the Huffington Post (28 March 14)

Do female artists change style more?  Read Stacey D’Erasmo’s Proteus in the New Yorker

Legendary women dealers that you need to know in ArtNews

Study finds gender gap at top museums as featured in the NYTimes

Susan Sterling featured as one of 13 women leading cultural institutions in DC area: in the Washington Post, their blog, and a behind the scenes video

What contemporary art can teach CEOs in ArtSpace.

Challenges for women in the arts in the Huffington Post.

101 Women artists added to Wikipedia this week as reported in Artnews.  NMWA held their own edit-a-thon on 30 March.

Critical Flame announces a “Year of Reading Women” attempting to redress the imbalance in attention paid to women authors.  At the New York Review of Books, for example, in 2012 only 22% of the books reviewed written by women.  The UK is no better: in March 2013, 8.7% of books reviewed in the London Review of Books were by women, rising to 26.1% in the New Statesmen, and 34.1% in the Guardian

V&A Podcast on Women Artists focusing on the role of women artists in the Victorian times.

Where are the Girls? Jemima Kirke (of TV series Girls) presents a five minute Tate video summarizing the lack of women in history of art. Tracey Emin: Why are women artists paid less than men? in The Telegraph

The 10 most subversive women artists in history in the Guardian. From the 17th-century painter who repeatedly depicted a woman beheading a man to the last great surrealist, Louise Bourgeois, Jonathan Jones reports on 10 artists who took on the patriarchy and won.

Women in Art symposium at Basel raises how viewing art as investment impacts women artists.

Women successful yet sidelined in film and directing says new study for BFI.

Two startlingly different retrospectives show Sarah Lucas and Ana Mendieta socking it to the male-dominated art world by Waldemar Januszczak in the Sunday Times

 Judy Chicago in the Financial Times:  Battling sexism and celebrating more venues for women.

Max Mara Prize Shortlist announced: The panel of the fifth edition of the Prize, chaired by Iwona Blazwick and including Pillar Corrias (Pilar Corrias Gallery), Candida Gertler (Outset Contemporary Art Fund), Runa Islam (artist) and Lisa Le Feuvre (Henry Moore Institute) selected the five shortlisted artists.  The shortlisted artists are Beatrice Gibson, Melanie Gilligan, Judith Goddard, Philomene Pirecki and Corin Sworn.

Stone Age cave artists were actually women, asserts Prof Snow, reported in the Times.  A study by an American archaeologist has revealed that at least three quarters of examples of one of the earliest forms of cave painting may have been made by women.

Art World Lets Us Down Once Again By Including Only ONE Woman in Major Exhibition in Huffington Post.  Out of the 35 artists featured in “The Show Is Over” presented by the London Gagosian, Kim Gordon is the sole female.

Ana Mendieta’s “long overdue” retrospective in the Guardian

Nuart and the women who are revolutionizing graffiti in The Telegraph.  Several women artists speak about their work in street art and comment on the how gender plays a role in their work.

Do critics paint women out of the picture? Despite the growing number of women artists, a glass ceiling still remains for the critical recognition of their work.   Jonathan Jones in Guardian, 21 August 2013

Valeria Napoleone featured in Women in the Arts MagazineSummer2013_Collector-Napoleone-Final(2)

LACMA, MOCA fall behind in giving women solo shows:  only 15 of 68 solo exhibitions in five years. LA Times, 11 July 2013

Seventeen Artists in Guardian’s Top 100 Women. 8 March 2013

It’s mainly men who glorified themselves by amassing large collections of valuable workThe Art of the Hunt, New York Times, by Judith Dobryzynski 27 April 2013.

Are women artists with strong dealers and presence rare birds?  Antony Haden-Guests asks Judy Chicago and Penny Slinger in Spears Wealth Magazine, November 2012.  Quoting Judy Chicago, ‘…there are many more women exhibiting all over. But by and large, it’s all entry-level. If you look at the statistics at the top, which is where, of course, art history is controlled — that is major exhibitions, permanent collections and monographs — there’s been almost no change whatsoever.’

The slow but steady rise in stature and market presence of  women artists and arts professionals is noted in Rose Hoare’s CNN piece, “From Muse to Money Maker” , 31 October 2012.  Hoare cites that half the nominees for Britain’s Turner Prize are women this year, as are three of the four photographers listed for Canada’s prestigious Grange Prize, and two of the five artists commissioned for site specific works at Frieze Art Fair.  Significantly, “[t]he chief curators of MOMA, the Whitney, the Met, the Guggenheim and the Centre Pompidou are all female, as are the directors of Tate Britain and the Uffizi Gallery.

Woman tops ArtReview “Power 100” list for First Time” in Chicago Tribune, 17 October 2012, and in ArtReview.

Judy Chicago on “We women artists refuse to be written out of history” in the Guardian, 10 Oct 2012

Women artists at Frieze?  According to ELF Arts:

  • 27.5% of the artists represented at Frieze Art Fair 2012 are women(excluding collaborations and taken from a cumulative total of the amount of women represented by each gallery)
  • 1.5% of the galleries represent fewer than one third male artists, 67% of the galleries represent fewer than one third female artists

Rachel Spence explores “OWA”s (Older Women Artists) in the FT Magazine 5 oct ’12

Valeria Napoleone discusses collecting women artists in her new “art cookbook” in “Home is Where the Arts Is” in the Times 6 Oct 12 (Hilary Rose)

Jenny Kingsley explores the founding of NMWA and our UK Friends group. Cassone NMWA Cassone 7.12

Article on Wilhelmina Cole Holladay Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, a founder and chairman of the first museum devoted exclusively to female artists, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, was honored at the fifth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Article on Rose Wylie, by Nancy Durrant , The Times 29/8/2011 In the Arts Section of The Times (23/8/2011) there is a great article on Rose Wylie.  NMWA gets  great mention: “For Wylie, the break came when a curator from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, got in touch, looking  to show her in a group exhibition. She was the only non-American artist there.” Page 11 in Times 2 Section written by Nancy Durrant.

Food for Thought Investing in Women Artists: Who’s Making Headlines in 2011 from

Congratulations to: Eileen Cooper named head of RA Schools (first woman to hold the post). Helaine Blumenfeld named OBE.

NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling is an ArtTable 30th Anniversary Honoree! ArtTable — a leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts–is celebrating their anniversary in April with a Gala Benefit and Conference, and honoring thirty influential women in various aspects of the field of visual arts as well as artists who have made an impact beyond studio practice. Congratulations Susan!

Helen Molesworth Receives Bard’s 2011 Award for Curatorial Excellence — The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College this year presents its fourteenth annual Award for Curatorial Excellence to two curators—Helen Molesworth, chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)/Boston and Hans Ulrich Obrist, codirector of exhibitions and programs and director of international projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London.

Article on Rose Wylie by Germaine Greer, The Guardian, July 2010 click here to pdf file or use this link

Article on Women’s Only Museums by Joanna Moorhead, The Guardian, 28 July 2008. There are three women on this year’s Turner prize shortlist, and female gallerists dominate the art world. So what’s the point of a museum of art by women, asks Joanna Moorhead. To see this story with its related links on site, go to


Thursday November 15th 2007 – 6:00-10:00pm

‘CHANGING HISTORY’ Founder and Chairman of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. to address London Symposium on British Women Collectors

Who: Mrs. Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, Founder and Chairman of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) and a noted collector herself, will deliver the keynote address at a unique evening Symposium on British Women Collectors, to be held at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts in London on 15 November 2007. The symposium will explore how exemplary women overcame the cultural assumptions and restrictions of their times to participate in the art world as active and influential collectors, shaping public taste and building important artistic legacies. The Symposium poses the intriguing question as to why and how women collect and whether distinctive patterns emerge across time and nationalities.

Symposium speakers and topics: Keynote Address:

The Joy of Changing History

Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, Founder and Chairman, National Museum of Women in the Arts While traveling in Europe in the 1960’s, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay and her husband, Wallace F. Holladay, admired a 17th-century still life by Flemish painter Clara Peeters. Upon their return to the U.S., the Holladays sought information on Peeters, but, to Mrs. Holladay’s surprise, Peeters’ name could not be found in any of the art history survey texts. In fact, the more she researched, the more she found that these texts did not mention any female artists. Since that startling discovery, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay has made it her mission to bring to the forefront the accomplishments of talented women through collecting, exhibiting and researching women artists of all nationalities and time periods.

Mrs. Holladay founded the award-winning National Museum of Women in the Arts 20 years ago, and it remains the only museum dedicated solely to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. Its permanent collection contains over 3,000 works by more than 800 artists and provides a comprehensive survey of art by women from the 16th century to the present. The Library and Research Center holds 18,500 books and exhibition catalogues, and more than 18,000 files on women artists of all periods and nationalities. The museum is located at 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., in a landmark building near the White House.

In 2006 Mrs. Holladay was awarded the National Medal of Arts from the United States and the Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur from the French government. In 2007 she received the Gold Medal for the Arts from the National Arts Club in New York City.

Symposium Speakers:‘Whatever you have chosen, I am sure is best’. The Rothschild women as artists, collectors and patrons

Melanie Aspey, Director, The Rothschild Archive Melanie Aspey will discuss the lives, artistic tastes, marriage patterns and inheritance of three generations of Rothschild women (1785-1935), and how these shaped the Rothschild women’s lives and influenced the building up and the distribution of significant art collections. Melanie Aspey joined The Rothschild Archive as Archivist in 1994, succeeding Victor Gray as Director in 2004. She edited The Rothschild Archive: Guide to the Collection, (London, 2000) and has written about aspects of the Archive’s collection and Rothschild history for a number of journals and publications. Prior to joining Rothschild, she was archivist and records manager at News International plc (publisher of The Times and other British daily and weekly newspapers). She began work for the Business Archives Council in 1984 subsequently serving as a trustee and chairman of that organisation for a number of years. She is currently a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the European Association for Banking and Financial History.

The Davies Sisters of Gregynog – artistic education, travel and collecting

Dr. Ann Sumner, Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and formerly Head of Fine Art at the National Museum Wales has published extensively on the pioneering Davies sisters, whose collection of Impressionist paintings is housed in the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. Her recent research has revealed that these spinster sisters from rural Montgomeryshire, who were strict Calvinistic Methodists and sabatarians, were far more educated with regard to art history and much less reliant on male advisers than had previously been realized. They were extremely well educated and traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Sumner has been given access to the unique Davies family archives and recently contributed a chapter about their art education and early collecting to the book Things of Beauty: What two Sisters did for Wales published in July 2007 to coincide with the groundbreaking and critically well received exhibition Industry to Impressionism which runs until January 2008 at the National Museum Wales.

‘In spite of bombs and broken windows’: Queen Elizabeth and the arts in wartime Dr. Susan Owens is Curator of Paintings at The Victoria and Albert Museum. Between 2002 and 2007 she was Assistant Curator of the Print Room at Windsor Castle. She has written and lectured on various aspects of British Art. Her publications include Watercolours and Drawings from the Collection of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (2005), and Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery (2007) Dr. Owens read English at Oxford, followed by a Master’s degree in art history at the Courtauld. Her Ph.D. (University of London, 2002) was on Aubrey Beardsley and satire.