Arts, Culture, and Humanities

AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS

  • Queensbury, NY
  • www.americanwomenartists.org

Mission Statement

American Women Artists is dedicated to the inspiration, celebration and encouragement of women working in the visual fine arts.

Main Programs

  1. Annual Master & Signature Member Show
  2. National Juried Competion Exhibition
  3. Online Juried Show
  4. Museum Show
  5. Educational Newsletter
  6. Art Workshops
  7. Website

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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Our membership is open to women artists from the United States, Canada and Mexico, supporting representational artists who work in the fields of drawing, painting and sculpture. Our goal as a nonprofit organization is to broaden recognition for women artists through yearly juried competitions, member shows, museum exhibits, workshops and other educational opportunities. We raise awareness about our mission and feature our member artists with ongoing social and print media publicity.

ruling year

1998

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Diane Swanson

Board President since 2014

Self-reported

Kathrine Lemke Waste

Keywords

Self-reported

women, artists, exhibitions, museums, representation, painting, sculpture, educational

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EIN

74-2816298

 Number

1632645936

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Annual Master & Signature Member Show

annual exhibit opportunity in fine arts galleries to AWA Master Signature and Signature membership, promoting their work on a national scale. Show is juried for awards in the form of cash and merchandise prizes, helping to support members work in the field of visual fine arts. Media coverage in national arts publications.

Category

Visual Arts Exhibitions

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

None

None

Budget

Program 2

National Juried Competion Exhibition

Provides juried competition and exhibition opportunities in fine art galleries to associate membership, giving members experience in preparing work for competition at the national level and the opportunity for selection into a national exhibition. Finalists selected receive exposure and promotion of their work on a national scale, along with cash awards and prize packages, helping to support their work in the field of visual fine arts.

Category

Visual Arts Exhibitions

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

None

None

Budget

$24,000.00

Program 3

Online Juried Show

Juried Competition and exhibition opportunity online through AWA website for associate membership. Provides experience in preparing work for juried competition at national level, and opportunity to be selected as finalists appearing in yearlong gallery exhibit on AWA website. Finalists selected receive exposure and promotion of their work through the web presence, along with cash awards and prize packages, helping to support their work in the field of visual fine arts, and increasing the level of recognition of their work.

Category

Visual Arts Exhibitions

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

None

None

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 4

Museum Show

Exhibit opportunity in fine arts museums for AWA Master Signature and Signature membership, promoting their work on a national scale, broadening recognition of women artists. Media coverage in national arts publications. AWA produces show catalog to accompany exhibit, and to promote awareness of organization's mission.
Statistics show that women make up more than half of the working artists in the country today, yet only 5% of the permanent holdings of art museums in this country are by women - a number that consistently trends in museums around the globe. That same study states less than 28% percent of the new or travelling museum exhibitions each year feature work by women. One of American Women Artists’ goal as an organization is to change that percentage to one that much more broadly reflects contemporary status of working artists, creating an art history for the future that speaks more to the interpretation of our times

Category

Visual Arts Exhibitions

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

None

None

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 5

Educational Newsletter

Monthly E-newsletter distributed to membership, sponsors, museums, galleries, general interest featuring AWA events, members accomplishments and careers, and other art-related topics relevant to our membership.

Category

Visual Arts

Population(s) Served

Adults

Female Adults

None

Budget

$4,500.00

Program 6

Art Workshops

AWA presents painting and sculpting workshops, taught by Master and Signature members, at Fine Art teaching facilities such as the Scottsdale Artists School and others. AWA procures sponsorship of these workshops in order to provide scholarships to help targeted attendees participate in the workshop experience.

Category

Visual Arts Instruction

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

None

None

Budget

Program 7

Website

www.americanwomenartists.org provides our membership and the public with current news on our events, show opportunities, featured member artists, art news relevant to our mission.

Category

Visual Arts

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Our membership is open to women artists from the United States, Canada and Mexico, supporting representational artists who work in the fields of drawing, painting and sculpture. Our goal as a nonprofit organization is to broaden recognition for women artists through yearly juried competitions, member shows, museum exhibits, workshops and other educational opportunities. We raise awareness about our mission and feature our member artists with ongoing social and print media publicity.

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AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS

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Executive Director

Diane Swanson

Board President

Kathrine Lemke Waste

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kathrine Lemke Waste

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?


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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?