The NAWA Sisterhood – Connection and Inspiration Through Our Membership

The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will present an exhibition of works from the National Association of Women Artists titled Sisterhood from January 2 – April 14, 2024. The exhibit will feature 55 works by contemporary artists with text panels that investigate the influence of earlier women artists. SC Humanities supported this program with a Major Grant.

The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) was established in 1889 and has served as an organization to promote, educate and support women in the arts. The NAWA Sisterhood features the current work of NAWA’s South Carolina chapter members in honor of their NAWA contemporaries and predecessors – like Mary Cassatt, Suzanne Valadon, Judy Chicago and Anna Hyatt Huntington – thereby recognizing the invaluable and abundant support that NAWA has provided and continues to provide for women in the arts for the past 135 years. The South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Women Artists was started in 2018 and today has 50 members.  The 55 works in the exhibition will range in media and of-style and will include sculpture, painting, photography, fiber art, collage, drawing and installation art.

Collateral events are planned to go along with the exhibit. A free-of-charge opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, January 7, 2024, from 1-3 pm and will feature opening remarks given by Dr. Fran Gardner, Sisterhood artist and Distinguished Professor Emerita of Art and History at the University of SC Lancaster, as well as an awards ceremony. Dr. Gardner will also present a lecture and gallery talk on Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. and contribute to a virtual tour of the exhibit for the museum website and YouTube channel. An Ekphrastic Writing Class is also planned. Joan Leotta will lead participants to create a poem, piece of flash fiction, or short essay on their reaction to a piece from the exhibit. More details about these opportunities will be added soon.

The Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. They strive to engage the community and visitors through unique exhibitions and interactive, educational and creative programs for people of all ages. Learn more: The Art Museum’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm and Sunday from 1 until 5 pm.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c)3 organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos, and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.