Keeping the Arts Balanced

The arts are alive and well.

Several years ago, Wilhelmina Holladay, a Washington, D.C. art collector, noticed an omission in the standard art history text used for decades by many universities. The History of Art, by H. W. Janson, failed to include women artists! Not until the 1986 edition was this mistake corrected, largely due to Holladay’s educational efforts. Meanwhile, she started forming the nucleus of what was to become the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Since the opening of the museum in 1987, women artists have won increasing recognition both nationally and internationally. In 2001, the percentage of art faculty members in U.S. institutions who were women was 41 percent, up from 28 percent in 1995. At this rate, the numbers of female art faculty members will soon balance the numbers of male faculty members. There is a lot of room for growth still.

Talk about being balanced–the museum’s supporters include both men and women! For more information about visiting the museum or becoming a member, go to the Web site, http://www.nmwa.org.

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