2021 Membership Drive 

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AWA members with a link to renew via credit card or Pay Pal.

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Please send to: American Women Artists
PO Box 1611, Lodi, CA 95241

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Thank you for your membership!
National Online Show Application Opens 
November 15

American Women Artists is thrilled to announce our 2021 National Online Juried Show, Lifting the Sky: Elevating the Works of American Women Artists. As the uncertainty of COVID continues, AWA has decided to host an all-virtual exhibition year. This online exhibit will take the place of our 25 in 25 museum show (postponed to 2022) and is open to all levels of membership

Application period: November 15, 2020 - February 10, 2021

Show opens online: May 20 - August 21, 2021

  • Grand prize winner will receive $10,000 cash award plus merchandise awards!
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards (4) (Still Life, Landscape, Figurative, and Sculpture) will receive merchandise/sponsor awards and $1,000 cash award
  • Award of Merit (8) winners will receive $250 cash
  • National Magazine Ad Awards valued between $1,500 to $4,250
  • Gallery Show Award: An artist from the show will be selected by the Phoenix Zoo Arts Committee to participate in an exhibit at the Savannah Gallery, Phoenix Zoo, AZ.
  • Gallery Show Award: An artist from the show will be selected by Michelle Ward, owner of Principle Gallery. Show may be at either of the Principle Gallery locations of Alexandria, VA, or Charleston, SC, at the discretion and choice of the owner.  
Spring Online Show Application Opens January

Associate and Associate with Distinction Members, be sure to put the application dates for AWA's 2021 Spring Online Juried Show on your calendar: January 14 - March 15, 2021.The prospectus is currently available at

  • Grand prize winner will receive $2,000 cash award plus merchandise awards!
  • Second prize winner will receive merchandise/sponsor award and $500 cash award.
  • Third prize winner will receive merchandise/sponsor award and $300 cash award.
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards (4) (Still Life, Landscape, Figurative, and Sculpture) will receive merchandise/sponsor award and $200 cash award
  • Award of Merit (8) winners will receive $50 cash
  • Gallery Show Award: An artist from the show will be selected to participate in an exhibit at the Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
New Gallery Showcase Awards

AWA is proud to announce the addition of three new gallery showcase awards for our members. The winners of these awards will have the opportunity to have a gallery show at the Principle Gallery in either its Alexandria, VA, or Charleston, SC, location; the Sparrow Gallery in Sacramento, CA; and at the Savannah Gallery at the Phoenix Zoo. These are incredible awards that no other organization is offering its artists!

Say "Hello!" to Camille, Our New Media & Communications Manager

AWA is excited to introduce Camille Wall, our Media & Communications Manager. Camille will be working with Amanda Zimmerman, AWA Executive Director, on AWA's website, newsletters, blogs, and more!

Camille loves creating magic and helping clients narrow in on the pixie dust that they possess, strategically place it within their brand identity through a solid vision, effective marketing, human resources and operational needs, and develop a customized strategy. Since she was young, her passion has been figuring out how to improve things and leave them better than how she found them. Her diverse background includes a BS in Business Marketing and MBA in Organizational Leadership; and experience in graphic design, marketing and public relations, business operations, brand development, and human resources. 
Camille's career has given her experience in public, non-profit, and private sectors, with one of her most memorable opportunities being part of the opening management team for The Walt Disney Company's first baby-focused boutique store, Disney Baby. Throughout her career she's had the opportunity to see the important correlation between a solid brand strategy and its profound effect on the business' foundation (people + culture) influencing its bottom line and strengthening the culture and foundation of the organization. 

When she's not working, you can find her dreaming of/exploring Disney Parks with her husband and five teens/adult children, working on various creative projects, mixing up essential oils, sometimes writing on her blog and always seeking out the best gluten-free baked treats! You can follow her lifestyle brand's IG @sparksofmagiccollective to see what she's up to next!
We Need Your Help

AWA is seeking Merchandise and Gift Certificate Awards for the upcoming 2021 Juried Spring Online and National Online Juried shows. What would your dream Merchandise Award be?

Please send your suggestions to Sandy Delehanty at:
Hollyhock Seedling and Poppies
 watercolor on paper by Carolyn Lord
AWA Member News

Carolyn Lord, an AWA Signature Member, was featured in an exhibition at her alma mater Principia College in Illinois. In the Presence of Nature includes several groupings of paintings that reflect Lord's interests and experiences--mostly river and coastal landscapes in California and France, and gardens. 

AWA Board member Jann Haynes Gilmore, PhD contributed an essay for the catalog. Click the link below to view the show and learn more about Carolyn Lord.

Simone Leigh at Stratton Sculpture Studios in 2020. Photo by Shaniqwa Jarvis, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, ┬ęSimone Leigh.
ARTBEAT: News & Links 
from the Wider World

Sculptor Simone Leigh, Whose Towering Ceramic Forms Examine Black Female Subjectivity, Will Represent the US at the 2022 Venice Biennale by Sarah Cascone, ArtNet

The History of Art is Full of Female Masters. It's Time The They Were Taken Seriously. by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, The Guardian

New Britain Museum of American Art Keeps Focus on Women, Art and Social Change, by Susan Dunn, Hartford Courant

Program Putting Artists to Work During Pandemic Takes Leaf from the Past, by Jared Bowmen, PBS News Hour
We Will Promote Your Work on Social Media!
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Masthead Image: Moonlight by Kim Kori, Tilt by Karen Weihs, 
Poder by Natalie Dark, Spa Day by Lorraine Watry

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