Clockwise (left to right): 
Raven Steals the Light by Deanne McKeown; 
Into the Light (detail) by Chula Beauregard; 
A Moment in Time (detail) by Lynette Cook
2021 Signature Member Advancement

A round of applause to all of the members advancing to Signature level for the 2021 membership year! These members have all juried into three or more AWA shows and qualify for Signature Membership. 

Congratulations on your significant accomplishment! 

Clockwise (left to right):  
Garlic and Corriander (detail) by Saravathy TK; Striding Woman I by Betty Branch; 
Chasing Dreams (detail) by Thyra Moore; 
Bugeisha (detail) by Edi Matsumoto
Members Advancing to Associate with Distinction in 2021

Kudos to our Associate Members moving up in 2021! These members have all juried into one AWA show and qualify for Associate with Distinction Membership.

Congratulations on your achievement! 

Sorolla's Studio (detail) by Serri Farabaugh
We're Going Virtual for 2021

This year has been challenging for everyone, and AWA wants to continue to support our members during these uncertain times. For that reason we have decided to have an all virtual year in 2021. We will host our annual Spring Online Juried Show followed by a National Online Juried Show in the summer of 2021.

We believe this will help to keep costs down for our members while still providing similar opportunities to enter shows and win awards. The Spring Online Juried Show will remain the same as in previous years and is open to Associate and Associate with Distinction Members. 

The National Online Juried Show will take the place of our museum show (postponed to 2022) and will be open to all levels of membership. This show will offer a $10,000 Grand Prize as well as other cash and merchandise awards. We will have a digital catalog and extensive virtual events. In 2022 we will have two museum shows: Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in Clarksville, TN, and Loveland Museum & Gallery in Loveland, CO. By maintaining your membership, you will have the opportunity to enter two museum shows in 2022.

Your continued support makes AWA's exhibitions, virtual events, and educational opportunities possible. Thank you!
Dash by Carol Carter, 2020 Master-Signature Member
Master-Signature Pathway

American Women Artists would like to announce that we have developed a clear pathway to the Master-Signature Membership level. We have formalized the process that includes eligibility criteria, the selection process, and voting on the nominees by the Board and Master-Signature Members. We understand what an honor it is to be a Master-Signature Member and we want to offer our members a defined pathway to reflect the importance of this level of achievement.

In July we formed a Master-Signature Task Force consisting of Christine Drewyer (in-coming AWA Board President), Robin Knowlton (Executive Director Emerita), Amanda Zimmerman (Executive Director), and Master-Signature Members Krystii Melaine, Diane Mason, Cathryn Jenkins, and Ellen Buselli. The Task Force developed the criteria and selection process, which was approved by the Board. The Task Force also reviewed every Signature Member and selected this year's nominees to be put forward for vote by the Board and the Master-Signature Members in early September. New Master-Signature Members will be announced in October.

AWA will form a Master-Signature Emerita level of membership for Master-Signature Members who wish to maintain their title and continue to support the organization with their dues, but no longer be active or enter exhibitions.

The criteria can also be viewed on AWA's website in the Master-Signature section on the Membership Page.
New Addition to AWA Website

We recently added a new section to our website: Master-Signature Pages. These pages highlight our Master-Signature Members and their level of achievement. Take a moment to look through these profiles and get to know our Master-Signature Members! 

We Want to Hear From You

As we start making preparations for our annual membership drive, we want to better understand your experiences and thoughts about American Women Artists. We will be sending a brief on-line survey to AWA members within the week. 

We appreciate your feedback. Thank you!
Waiting (from the Silence of the Ordinary) by Susanne Mitchell
Bennett Prize: Call for Entries
Open through October 16, 2020

The Bennett Prize, created in 2018, awards $50,000 to a woman artist to create her own solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings, which will travel the country. 

Awarded every two years, this is a significant opportunity for women artists! Click on the link below for more information and to access the Call to Artists.

Judy Chicago,Through the Flower, serigraph on paper, 1991 (c) Judy Chicago, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Photo Donald Woodman/ARS, New York
ARTBEAT: News & Links 
from the Wider World

Oregon Foundation Acquires Judy Chicago Print Archive, The Art Newspaper

'George Eliot' among 25 Female Writers being Republished Under Their Real Names, CNN 

Baltimore Museum of Art's New Acquisitions Tied to 2020 Vision Focus on Women, Art Fix Daily
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