JANUARY 2020
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It's Time to Enter the Museum Show!  $10,000 Grand Prize!

Applications for the Booth Museum Exhibition Making Their Mark are open! Due to difficulty with our membership drive, we have extended the application deadline another week to JANUARY 27, 2020.  You don't want to miss the chance to be in an exhibition at this prestigious museum, located in Cartersville, GA.

Who can enter:  
All 2020 members of AWA are eligible to apply (Be sure your membership is up to date!)

Where to enter:  
Apply through OnlineJuriedShows.com.  Link HERE

Deadline:  
January 27, 2020

Exhibition Dates:  
May 27 - August 23, 2020

Membership Frustrations!

What could go wrong has gone wrong with the software that we use to process our membership payments. This has been an incredibly frustrating and anxiety-ridden time for our staff, and an equally frustrating time for all of you trying to renew your membership or sign up for a new membership.

If you did not receive an invoice from us or you have not been able to access the payment portal, please contact us at: membership@americanwomenartists.org

You can also pay for your membership with a check, made out to American Women Artists, and send it to:
American Women Artists
PO Box 1611
Lodi, California 95241

Membership Dues:
Associate - $60
Associate with Distinction - $75
Signature - $150
Master - $300

We are  grateful for your patience and perseverance and have extended the Booth Museum exhibition application a week, until January 27, to make up for lost time.
Mutual, bronze by Debbie Revennaugh
Spring Online Show... Apply January 13

Applications for AWA's 2020 Spring Online Juried Exhibition will open January 13 through March 16, 2020. This is an exclusive opportunity for AWA Associate and Associate with Distinction Members only.

Who can enter:  
AWA Associate and Associate with Distinction Members (Be sure your membership is up to date!)

Where to enter:  
Apply through caFE   Link HERE (application doesn't open until January 13)

Application period:  
January 13 - March 16, 2020

2020 Has Special Significance 
By Diana Reuter Twining, AWA Board President

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, ensuring that the right to vote could not be denied based on sex. It was signed into law on August 26, 1920. The fight for women's right to vote began 72 years earlier, at the Seneca Falls Convention in New York, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, in July of 1848. 

The fight for ratification was long and at times violent. Discrimination against women's rights was commonplace.  Many inspiring and courageous women worked tirelessly for this cause. Suffragette Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters, wrote so eloquently: 

" The vote is the emblem of your equality , women of America, the guarantee of your liberty. That vote of yours has cost millions of dollars and the lives of thousands of women. Money to carry on this work has been given usually as a sacrifice, and thousands of women have gone without things they wanted and could have had in order that they might help get the vote for you. Women have suffered agony of soul which you can never comprehend, that you and your daughters might inherit political freedom. That vote has been costly. Prize it! The vote is a power, a weapon of offense and defense, a prayer. Understand what it means and what it can do for your country. Use it intelligently, conscientiously, prayerfully."
 
How appropriate that American Women Artists will be having its fifth annual museum exhibition,  Making Their Mark, at The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA, opening on May 27, 2020, the same year as the centennial celebrations of women's suffrage. We can be proud of our organization's place in the struggle for women's equality. Our exhibition at the Booth will continue to bring attention to women's accomplishments in the fine arts and our rightful place in the finest cultural institutions in America.
Emmanuel Macron by Shana Levenson, 8" x10.75", oil on dibond
AWA Artist Paints for Time Magazine!

AWA Artist Shana Levenson recently had the honor of having her work featured in Time Magazine.  Here's what she wrote about the experience:

"The Time Magazine commission was such an incredible opportunity!  Victor Williams, the magazine's Art Director, emailed me asking if I were available to paint a portrait of a prominent figure for their year-end issue. The finished piece needed to be completed in seven days. I was actually leaving the next evening to teach a four-day workshop; only giving me three days to do the painting. I know my work ethic, and I had confidence I could do it, so I said 'Yes!' even though I had no idea who I'd be painting. Later that day, I was assigned to paint the President of France, Emmanuel Macron. I was nervous about choosing the right image from the five they sent me. I wanted to make sure I captured him as best I could.  Victor also asked me to incorporate my personal background texture and patterning, so that's what I did!  Since Emmanuel Macron is the head of the EU, I painted the background blue with yellow stars; the European flag. I feel like I was able to successfully capture the leader of France without having met him in person and I still can't believe I have a painting in the Person of the Year issue of Time Magazine, one of their biggest issues of the year!"
Robin's Back...

Patricia Watts has left AWA to pursue new opportunities and Robin Knowlton, our previous Executive Director, has returned as our Interim Executive Director and will be staying on to help through the Booth Exhibition.

Welcome back Robin!

Robin's contact information:
(209) 747-0557
Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the annual global Giving Tuesday movement  and to the AWA Board, who matched $1,000 in contributions. 

We are very grateful for the generosity of our members, patrons and their family & friends. Your donations will help AWA continue its work of raising the profiles of women artists.
New Merchandise Sponsor

Welcome to itransport4u, our newest merchandise sponsor for the Booth Museum show. They will be donating a $500 gift certificate for their art shipping services!

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Masthead Image: Allure of Kimono by Carla O'Connor, A Tree Needs A Bird by Ellen Woodbury, 
A Cappella by Anne Harkness

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