The Women to Watch exhibition series is a unique collaboration between the National Museum of Women Artists (NMWA) and its national and international committees. Each exhibition, held every few years, focuses on a specific medium or theme chosen by NMWA’s curators and features underrepresented, self-identifying women artists from each committee’s respective region. (Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art last participated in the series in 2019 with Paper Routes – Women to Watch 2020.)
This seventh installment of Women to Watch will feature self-identifying women artists who envision a different world through their creative practice. Given the extraordinary events of 2020 including a global health pandemic, intense calls for social reform, and unprecedented political division, artists conjure and express visions of a new world. Optimistic or discordant, fantastical or believable, artists have always had a hand in visualizing what could be and, in hard times, have often provided hope—or warning.
Visualizations of different worlds can be figurative or abstract and just as there is no single vision for the future, there is no particular media associated with the art created to envision it. Works in Women to Watch 2024 may be in any medium including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, print, drawing, photography, film, digital, installation, and sound.
In 2022, Kemper Museum’s presentation of Women to Watch–A New World: 2024 will feature local artists, chosen by a public call for entries juried by Director of Curatorial Affairs Erin Dziedzic. Artists accepted to participate in Kemper Museum's exhibition will have the opportunity to be selected by curators from the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), Washington, DC, for the national Women to Watch exhibition in 2024 (although this is not guaranteed).
Presented in cooperation with the Greater Kansas City Area Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.