SEPTEMBER 2019
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Message from the Executive Director
 
This is my first newsletter as AWA's Executive Director. I hope you find the announcements  
and information useful and engaging. I want to remind you that the Steamboat Art Museum show
Looking West closes on September 2. If you  
find yourself in Colorado this weekend, it's  
your last chance to see the exhibition!
 
I would like to acknowledge Robin Knowlton,
who has been so helpful teaching me the ropes, generously handing over the reins. I also want to thank the AWA Board for their selection of me as her replacement. I'm very honored to represent such a large group of talented women and look forward to meeting you all in person soon.

Our membership drive will begin November 1  
and we're looking forward to receiving your renewals, as well as bringing new members on board. It's an exciting year ahead in 2020, with  
the Spring Online Juried Show and the juried museum exhibition at the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia.

Patricia Watts
 
If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth  
is it for. Alice Walker    
 
$10,000 Grand Prize!!!

We are thrilled to announce that AWA will offer a $10,000 Grand Prize cash award for our juried museum shows, starting with the
Booth Western Art Museum in 2020. This significant award reflects the level of acknowledgement and support AWA brings
to its members and the level of excellence of the art that is selected
for our museum shows.

Congratulations!
2020 Master Signature Members

After a vote by AWA's Master-Signature Members, we'd like to extend our congratulations to Sally Maxwell and Carol Carter, elected as the newest Master-Signature Members; AWA's highest level of achievement.

Sally Maxwell is a pioneer in scratchboard and was one of the first designated as a Master Scratchboard Artist by the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. She was also one of the first to introduce color to the medium and has been perfecting her craft since 1967. Sally lives in La Grange, TX. Visit her website here.

Carol Carter received her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Having spent several years of her childhood in Florida, Carter's work often includes images of water and tropical themes. She works in watercolor and acrylic media and is recognized internationally in both. Carol lives in St. Louis, and splits her time between painting in her studio, teaching, and traveling. Visit her website here.
Diana Reuter-Twining
Goddess of the Wild
Membership Drive - November

Our 2020 membership drive begins November 1.   
 
Why renew? So you can apply for our juried exhibitions with substantial cash prizes and get publicity for your work. 
 
Renewing is easy! You will be sent an invoice and can pay through our convenient payment portal. If you prefer to pay by check, instructions will be included with your invoice.
 
Congratulations to AWA members who will be moving up one level in 2020! 

Symposium on Women 
Carol Carter - AWA Symposium on Women in the Arts 2019 
Carol Carter - AWA Symposium on Women in the Arts 2019
in the Arts 2019
Carol Carter

This month we are featuring Carol Carter's Symposium talk at the Steamboat Art Museum. Carol is an internationally renowned American artist whose work has been exhibited in six countries and published worldwide. In this video she shares her insights in building an art career while balancing creativity with business and marketing.
Kim Minichiello 
Former Disney Artist 2020  
AWA Signature Member

By Aleta Carpenter
AWA Board Vice-President
 
AWA Signature Member Kim Minichiello is one of several members whose creative past includes stints with Disney (as well as members Laurie Stevens, Ellen Woodbury, Heather Lynn Gibson). Kim studied Environmental Design at Purdue - which she describes as a degree in interior design with an emphasis on architecture - leading her to work in Indiana. Read More

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Cathy Ferrell_ Rejoice II
Cathy Ferrell, Rejoice II
In the Audubon Tradition

The exhibition In the Audubon Tradition  opens September 13 at the newly-renovated Cincinnati Museum Center in Ohio, which includes the Museum of Natural History & Science. The Museum was founded in 1818 as the Western History Society, and opened its doors in 1820. Its first employee was famed naturalist and artist John James Audubon. In the Audubon Tradition includes over 80 wildlife artists (40% are women) from across North America who have produced 250 original pieces of art inspired by the work of Audubon and the natural world. Other AWA members include: Renee Bemis, Crystal Beshara, Kim Diment, Cathy Ferrell, Diane Mason, Sally Maxwell, Suzie Seerey-Lester, and Rachelle Seigrist. The contemporary artworks, each created in the last three years, are available for purchase through the Susan K. Black Foundation.

Steamboat Writers paintings
Steamboat Museum show closes September 2, 2019

The Steamboat Art Museum ran a contest called
Ekphrasis 2019: The Painted Words! A Visual Writing Event. Writers selected one of the works in the AWA show, wrote a prose piece or a poem about the work, and submitted it for awards. 
 
Congratulations to this year's winners!
Click on the author's name to read each piece:
 
Artwork:  "Pawtrait of a Black Bear" 
Artist:  Ginger Gehres
 
Artwork:  "Long Gone" 
Artist:  Ann Larson 
 
Artwork:  "Into the Silver Lining"  
Artist:  Kami Mendlik
 
Artwork:  "Little Girl with a Big Guitar"
Artist:  Sharon Pomales Tousey   
Grace Hartigan's Ingres' Bath (1993)
Estate of Grace Hartigan
ARTBEAT: News & Links 
from the Wider Art World
 
A New Study Has Simple Advice for Collectors Looking for Big Returns on Art: Invest In Women
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Baltimore Museum of Art dedicates a year of exhibitions to women.
From Georgia O'Keeffe to Mickalene Thomas, the museum will aim to address diversity gaps.
Read More

Lee Krasner's Early Prophecies
Krasner's teacher, Hans Hofmann, told her that her work was so good, you would have never known it was done by a woman.

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General questions:
Patricia Watts, Executive Director: pwatts@americanwomenartists.org
Masthead Image top left to right: Gone Fishin by Sandy Graves, Revelation Sunday by Gooch Glover, 
Rushing Water by Anne Peyton. Bottom: Sunrise by Kathrine Waste
25 in 25: A Call to Action | American Women Artists
25 in 25: A Call to Action | American Women Artists
 
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