The American Women Artists held its virtual awards ceremony, Friday, May 29, for its show hosted virtually by the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA, titled “Making Their Mark: American Women Artists.”
Over $36,000 in cash and merchandise prizes were awarded to 20 artists. The Grand Prize (with a $10,000 cash award) went to Carrie Waller (IL) for her watercolor painting, Abundance (shown at top).
Other awards included five Booth Museum Purchase Awards, won by:
- JaNeil Anderson (NM), Right Where I Want to Be, Oil
- Lisa Gleim (GA), The Secret Keepers, Pastel
- Diane Arenberg (NM), Sunset Sunburst, Oil on linen
- Star Liana York (NM), Buffalo Gals, Bronze
- Claudia Hartley (AZ), Western Homestead, Acrylic
These five works will reside in the permanent collection of the Booth Museum. AWA’s 25 in 25 Initiative, to organize 25 museum shows in as many years, began in 2017. The five purchase awards by the Booth Museum now bring the total number of museum purchase awards to ten, helping to secure the rightful place for women in the fine arts. A complete list of awards can be viewed on the AWA blog page here.
This juried show features 113 paintings and sculptures by members of American Women Artists and is the fifth show in AWA’s 25 in 25 campaign to have 25 museum shows for its women artist members over the next 25 years. The show runs online through August 23.
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American Women Artists – Since its inception, AWA has worked diligently to bring women artists to the attention of the art world through museum shows, juried competitions in leading galleries and museums around the country, symposiums, and workshops. Their goal is to increase the number of professional opportunities for women in the visual fine arts that leads to greater inclusion. The organization serves over 900 members throughout the United States along with a growing contingent of artists from Canada. AWA is tax-exempt nonprofit organization. For more information visit www.americanwomenartists.org.