The Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is a nonprofit volunteer organization established as an affiliate of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), located in Washington, D.C.
The Arkansas State Committee of NMWA was founded in 1989 when, on a visit to Washington, D.C., Ed Dell Wortz and Helen Walton learned of the museum. They called together a group of women interested in the arts to develop a plan for a state committee, dedicated to supporting the museum's mission and promoting awareness of the work of Arkansas women artists.
Les Christensen, Flight from Servitude, Mixed Media, 2000.
ACNMWA was recently awarded $2,000 from the Entergy Foundation that will fund the graphic design portion of classroom materials to be made available to Arkansas teachers and students based on the information in the Arkansas champion trees art exhibit currently touring the state. The materials will be distributed to educators and teachers completing professional development workshops associated with Project Learning Tree provided by the Arkansas Forestry Association, and Arkansas IDEAS (Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas Schools) provided through the Arkansas Educational Television Network.
ACNMWA received notification that its FY14 Collaborative Project Support Grant request to the Arkansas Arts Council was approved in the amount of $6,510. The grant will help provide an educational component for the current touring exhibition of Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey, Drawings by Linda W. Palmer. The grant must be matched dollar for dollar by collaborative partners: individuals, corporations, and foundation donations. The exhibit and this component are supported only in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Arkansas Women to Watch Exhibition featuring "inventive textile-based works" began touring the state February 2013 at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff and will be hosted at a variety of exhibit venues through February 2014. The exhibit features the work of five artists selected by curator Caroline S. Brown: Louise Halsey of Little Rock, Barbara Cade of Hot Springs, Jennifer Libby Fay (formerly of Rogers), Jane Hartfield of Fort Smith, and Deborah Kuster of Conway. Halsey was chosen by the National Museum of Women in the Arts to show her work in the exhibition High Fiber: Women to Watch 2012 in Washington, D.C. which was on view from November 2, 2012 - January 6, 2013. The next stop for the exhibit will be at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville from September 4 - October 22, 2013.