Artists selected for the upcoming exhibition Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
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January 14, 2015

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The National Museum of Women in the Arts announces artists featured in biennial exhibition series Women to Watch

Selected artists actively redefine the relationship of women, nature and art 


WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is pleased to announce the artists selected for the upcoming exhibition Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015, on view June 5–Sept. 13, 2015. NMWA’s biennial exhibition series Women to Watch features up-and-coming or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. The committees consulted with contemporary art curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists who use imagery and materials from the natural world—this year’s theme. NMWA’s curatorial team then selected the artists and their works for inclusion in the spring exhibition.
Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015 Nominating Committees, Selected Artists and Curators:

Selected Artist: Dawn Holder
Curator: Courtney Taylor, Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
California (Southern)
Selected Artist: Jennifer Celio
Curator: Corrina Peipon, Hammer Museum
Selected Artist: Andrea Lira
Curator: Soledad García Saavedra, independent curator

Selected Artist: Françoise Pétrovitch
Curator: Julia Garimorth, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Selected Artist: Jiha Moon
Curator: Michael Rooks, High Museum of Art
Selected Artist: Goldschmied & Chiari
Curator: Iolanda Ratti, Museo del Novecento 
Greater Kansas City Area
Selected Artist: Lara Shipley
Curator: Catherine Futter, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Selected Artist: Rebecca Hutchinson
Curator: Jen Mergel, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New Mexico
Selected Artist: Mary Tsiongas
Curator: Lisa Tamiris Becker, UNM Museum of Art
Greater New York Region
Selected Artist: Rachel Sussman
Curators: Christiane Paul, Whitney Museum of Art; Dana Miller, Whitney Museum of Art
Selected Artist: Mimi Kato
Curators: Reto Thüring, Cleveland Museum of Art; Rose Bouthillier, MOCA Cleveland
Selected Artist: Ysabel Lemay
Curator: Virginia Treanor, National Museum of Women in the Arts
United Kingdom
Selected Artist: Polly Morgan
Curator: Lisa Le Feuvre, Henry Moore Institute
The artwork selected in the fourth installment of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series recontextualizes images of plants and animals and redefines the relationships between women, nature and art. Historically, women artists were encouraged by society to take the natural world as their subject. Rather than narrative art, which was thought to require invention and imagination beyond women’s capabilities, subjects such as botanical drawings, still-life paintings and images of animals seemed to require merely the power of observation. Turning this archaic paradigm upside-down, the contemporary artists highlighted in Organic Matters actively investigate the natural world—to fanciful and sometimes frightful effect. Collectively, their work addresses modern society’s complex relationship with the environment, ranging from concern for its future to fear of its power. Through a diverse array of mediums, including photography, drawing, sculpture and video, these artists depict fragile ecosystems, otherworldly landscapes and creatures both real and imagined.

Women to Watch is an exhibition series held every two to three years, developed in conjunction with the museum’s national and international outreach committees. NMWA currently has 18 outreach committees with more than 2,000 dedicated members throughout the United States and around the world and continues to expand its network. The museum’s committees play a critical role in bringing NMWA’s mission to regional audiences. The committees work with local museum directors and curators, education experts and business leaders to capitalize on their region’s artistic, financial, and educational strengths and resources in order to develop meaningful programming and build a bridge between their communities and the museum.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, NMWA is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. The museum’s collection features 4,500 works from the 16th century to the present created by more than 1,000 artists, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Chakaia Booker and Nan Goldin, along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints. NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. For information, call 202-783-5000 or visit Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youths 18 and under. Free Community Days take place on the first Sunday of each month. For more information about NMWA, visit, Broad Strokes Blog, Facebook or Twitter.

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Image credit lines:
Polly Morgan, Systemic Inflammation, 2010; Taxidermy and steel, 51 1/8 x 44 1/2 x 44 1/2 in.; Photography by Tessa Angus
Jiha Moon, Peach Mask I, 2013; Ink and acrylic on Hanji paper, 38 x 38 1/2 in.; Courtesy of the artist
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